Friday 20th November 1998
F.A. Trophy 2nd Round
Nuneaton Borough: Not available
Hyde United: Jonathan Scargill, Darren Esdaille, Richard Annan, Gus Wilson, Paul Richardson, Chris Dolby (George Switzer), Lloyd Richardson (Darren Washington), Neil Hall, Peter Band, Prince Moncrieffe, Don Page. Subs not used: Steve Haw.
Hyde, with Chris Dolby & Paul Richardson back after injury, were up against the leaders of the Dr Martens League and were lucky to go in goaless at half-time. Chris Dolby swung in an early cross but Richard Williams collected well at the feet of Prince Moncrieffe. A long ball over the top saw O'Connor chase but Scargill rushed out to clear. A Richard Annan tackle then saw the ball bounce to Thomas whose powerful shot went wide. Hyde then won a free-kick on the edge of the box but Dolby's weak shot was wide. Nuneaton's best chance of the half was when O'Connor beat the offside trap and rounded Scargill only for the Hyde goalie to bounce up and block his shot. Barry Williams then made a good run, followed by a shot across goal which was just wide.The first half also saw Nuneaton denied two penalties when Darren Esdaille and later Chris Dolby handled but got away with it. The second half saw Nuneaton take the lead after 49 minutes, a cross from the left was punched by Scargill when he should have caught and Barry Williams lashed home the loose ball. The Tigers were then forced to come out and play a bit and Moncrieffe and Washington had weak shots off target. Peter Band layed the ball to Don Page who appeared to have his standing leg taken from under him just as his was about to shoot but the referee waved play on. The equalizer came on 75 mins when Moncrieffe crossed at the second attempt and found Don Page unmarked at the back post. It was then a matter of hanging on as Nuneaton went for the winner, Scargill only succeeding to palm a cross onto the head of a Nuneaton forward who surprisingly headed over from ten yards. Scargill made two good saves in the closing moments to give Hyde another chance on Monday night.