Saturday 16th October 2004
F.A. Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Lincoln United: Conroy, Wilkins, Brown, Mc Daid, Hone, Gowshall, Hawley, Bull, Minett, Roche, Trout. Subs: Gilbert, Miller, Williams, George, Werry.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, John O'Kane, John Gaynor, Phil Salt (Chris Lynch), Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Craig Buckley, Carl Barrowclough, Wayne Dean, Tony Ellis.
The Tigers took their unbeaten run to seventeen games when they overcame Lincoln United for the second time in ten days to progress to the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
As well as a place in the next round they are also £5000 better off with double that amount awaiting the winners of the next round. When you get to this stage of the FA Cup, it is the result that matters, but this was a pretty entertaining game nevertheless.
Hyde got off to a dream start as John Gaynor pounced on a poor clearance to score from 20 yards after only four minutes, although the Tigers could already have been behind as Lincoln came close in the first minute. Things were even better for the Tigers after quarter of an hour as Dale Johnson, struggling with injury, scored from close range.
It should have been plain sailing from then onwards in a fast open game, but Lincoln fought back and substitute Ian Williams scored on the half hour to peg Hyde back.
The Tigers relied on the counter attack in the second half and Matty McNeil should have sealed it but shot over with the goal at his mercy. Lincoln, growing in confidence, piled everybody forward in the last quarter but the Hyde defence stood firm under intense pressure to see the Tigers safely into the next round. This was nothing less than Hyde deserved having beaten a strong Lincoln outfit twice in their own back yard in the last two weeks.