Saturday 6th November 2004
F.A. Trophy 1st Round
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Chris Lynch, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, John O'Kane, John Gaynor (Andy Waine), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Craig Buckley), Dale Johnson (Wayne Dean), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Ellis, Carl Barrowclough.
Belper Town: Cherry, Carter(S), Carter (J), Allsop, McKenzie, Danylyk, Lyons, Hudson, Maxwell, Reynolds, Walker.Subs: Nazha, Peet, Thornill, Foster, Clarke
After last Saturday's set back, Hyde returned to form with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Belper Town in the first round of the FA Trophy. The Tigers had one change with Chris Lynch at full back replacing Nicky Hill, who was attending the birth of his first child.
For the first half hour the game was dire with Belper fighting for every ball and not allowing the Tigers to get into their stride. On 31 minutes the game suddenly sprang to life as Jason Maxwell headed Belper in front. Just one minute later Neil Tolson was on hand to play a neat one-two and hit the ball past 43 year old Steve Cherry. The Tigers had suddenly been aroused from their slumbers and from then until half time it was all action.
First, Dale Johnson hit the bar with a left foot screamer and then Cherry scrambled way another bullet strike from Jamie Milligan. But not to be outdone Belper struck the woodwork before Michael Allsop brought down Matty McNeil in the area. Milligan sent Cherry the wrong way with the spot kick. Two minutes later Tolson was again an hand to add another with a shot off the post. The half finished with Hyde well on top and Belper happy to hear the half time whistle.
Hyde continued to dominate after the break and Tolson completed a deserved hat- trick on 73 minutes when he rifled home a Wayne Dean cross. The Tigers could have had more goals and on another day Johnson and McNeil could have both found themselves on the score-sheet, but it didn't matter as the Tigers had bounced back in the best possible way having showed little remorse for battling Belper.