Friday 18th April 2003
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: David Fish, Simon Coleman, Paul Williams, Paul Jones, Nicky Spooner (Dave Swanick), Mark Sertori, Jason Lydiate, John Gaynor, Steve Foster, Lee Evans, Craig Buckley. Subs not used: Tony Ellis, Rick Whelan.
Blyth Spartans: Naisbett, Morton, Martin, Hutton, Forster, Dixon, Little, Perry, Robson, McMahon, Stewart. Subs: Williams, Phillips, Bell.
This match was exactly the same as the one last week against Gateshead apart from the fact we managed to score a goal from the seven chances we created. Hyde welcomed back John Gaynor from injury but were missing Paddi Wilson with a broken hand from last week's game.
The Tigers started well and missed chance after chance until Steve Foster lobbed the ball home on 33 minutes. He had already missed a sitter and then hit the bar with a header. Lee Evans missed a couple of chances too and it was d¨¦j¨¤ vu. Even the weather was the same. Half time score 1-0; should have been four or five.
Blyth were a different team in the second half and when Glen Robson scored on 63 minutes, they looked unlikely winners. However the Tigers' defence stood firm with a couple of close shaves, a sitter missed, and the crossbar rattled when it seemed easier to score.
Yet again it was a match that got away. That's why we are bottom I suppose.