Tuesday 9th November 2004
Cheshire Senior Cup 2nd Round
Alsager Town: Powner, Mc Culloch, Fraser, Epsley, Brotherton, Stokes, Ireland, Verow, Heler, Macari, Grocott. Subs: Parkinson, Grice, Rowe.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Chris Lynch (Matty McNeil), Paul Jones (Jamie Milligan), Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, John Gaynor (Dale Johnson), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Andy Waine, Wayne Dean
In the second round of the Unibond Cheshire Senior Cup on Tuesday, the Tigers gave Alsager Town a three goal start, but came perilously close to forcing extra time in a grandstand finish.
Hyde started sluggishly and after just three minutes, Tim Mullock was forced to make a fine save from the impressive Peter Heler. The ball rebounded to Andy Waine whose clearance struck Heler and finished up in the net. Worse was to follow on 40 minutes as Heler added a second after Mullock dived over the ball. Right on half-time Ian Verow added a third to leave Hyde shell-shocked after a dreadful first half performance.
The Tigers came out fighting in the second half with Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil and Neil Tolson restored up front and took the game to Alsager. After many near misses, John O'Kane scrambled the ball home with 14 minutes left. With just one minute of normal time left, Matty McNeil added a second. Despite seven minutes of injury time, Hyde couldn't find an equaliser and were made to pay dearly for their first half ineptitude.