Monday 25th October 2004
Manchester Premier Cup 1st Round
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill, Chris Lynch, Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, Andy Waine, Phil Salt (Tony Ellis), Neil Tolson (Mike Meszaros), Wayne Dean, Carl Barrowclough. Subs not used: Matty McNeil, Dale Johnson, John Gaynor.
Glossop North End: Williams, Levendis, Broome, Hollin, Yates, Nibloe, Hamilton, Bovis, Kharas, Hayder, Blackshaw. Subs: Hind, Morris, Hussain, Gaffey.
The Tigers cruised to victory over Glossop in the First round of the Manchester Premier Cup after two goals in the first twenty minutes had given them a dream start. Although Glossop battled hard thereafter, there was always only going to be one winner despite the fact Hyde had rested a number of key players.
Hyde took the lead after just three minutes when a shot from Andy waine, back after injury, rebounded off the crossbar and Neil Tolson, on his 31st birthday was on hand to head home. Two minutes later Phil Salt hit the bar and as Hyde stormed forward, Wayne Dean, the smallest man on the pitch, headed home with just 20 minutes gone. The Tigers continued to have all the play with Carl Barrowclough dangerous up-front as Glossop desperately hung on.
The second half follwed a similar pattern allowing Steve Waywell to leave his big guns on the bench for a well-earned rest although Glossop did come into the game a little more with some controlled possession.
With Saturday’s game at Southport looming, Hyde eased off the gas in the second half but never looked in danger of conceding a goal and allowing Glossop back into the game. It took their unbeaten run to nineteen games, and proved to be a good workout, but Saturday will be a much sterner test, but the Tigers, although underdogs, will go into the game brimming with confidence.
A trip to Droylsden or Oldham Town awaits Hyde in the Second round. Their game at the Butchers Arms was postponed due to the weather.