Tuesday 25th January 2005
Northern Premier League Challenge Cup 4th Round
Matlock Town: Bowling, Commons, Hopkins, Clarke, McNicholas, Lukic, Warne, White, Taylor, Barraclough, Bowler. Subs: Webster, Brown, Bostock
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Chris Lynch, Alex Mortimer, Kieran Delaney, Jamie Milligan (John Gaynor), John O'Kane, Ged Kielty (Andy Waine), Phil Salt (Wayne Dean), Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil
This was as bad as the score suggests for the Tigers and they can have no complaints about their heaviest defeat since the game at Stalybridge two years ago. This was a mauling in the true sense of the word and Steve Waywell has plenty to ponder to get the Tigers back on track in the league in the persuit of Workington.
It was a difficult tacky pitch, and the officials were completely ineffective, especially in the first half, but there can be no excuses as Matlock were first to the ball everytime and completely overrun Hyde in midfield. Mass changes when Matlock grabbed their second failed to stem the tide, although Hyde did rally briefly when Matty McNeil hit the post and Neil Tolson was inches wide after a mazy run. But it was Matlock who took up the initiative again and scored three times in the last ten minutes as the Tigers capitualted.
Matlock went ahead on 18 minutes when Kris Bowler hammered home a free-kick into the top corner past a bewildered Tim Mullock and increased their lead just after half time through Ian Clarke after some poor defending. More crazy defending allowed Simon Barraclough to grab a third before Barraclough notched his second with Steve Warne completing the rout with three minutes to go.
There were more injury worries for Hyde as Phil Salt limped off in the first half after a bad tackle from behind, which went unpunished.