Monday 29th November 2004
F.A. Trophy 2nd Round (Replay)
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Chris Lynch, Nicky Hill, Andy Waine (Wayne Dean), Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, John Gaynor, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson (Carl Barrowclough), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Ellis, Paul Jones, Mike Meszaros.
Kendal Town: Thornley, Rigby, McKenna, Whitall-Williams, Taylor, Mercer, Smith(P), Jack, Smith(G), Mayers, Ashcroft. Subs: Burrow, Clitheroe, Galley, Woodruffe, Foster.
Hyde progressed to the next round of the FA Trophy, but were made to fight all the way at Ewen Fields by a spirited Kendal Town. With £3000 for the winners and a home tie with Whitby in the next round, there was plenty to play for and it turned out to be a pulsating game. The only disappointment was a desperately low crowd. What do Hyde have to do to bring back the fans?
On a cold and frosty night, it was Kendal’s ‘keeper Mark Thornley who felt the heat in the first period, with Phil Salt hitting the bar after just two minutes. He was forced into numerous fine saves as the Tigers pressed forward and it was no surprise when Matty McNeil headed them in front after twenty mintes. Hyde should have increased their lead before half time as Craig Buckley, Dale Johnson and Neil Tolson all went close.
In the second period, Hyde were made to rue the chances they had missed as Ged Smith equalised on 53 minutes, but not before Chris Lynch had brought another brilliant save from Thornley. After the goal, Kendal had their best period and Hyde were on the back foot for twenty minutes, but slowly normal service was resumed as Buckley made a great run before slotting the ball over Thornley on 71 minutes. Tolson scored his obligatory goal nine minutes later and it looked all over. But Kendal wouldn’t lie down and with just a minute left Lee Clitheroe pulled one back with the help of a deflection, to leave the Tigers a difficult five minutes including added time to survive.
Kendal gave it their all, but Hyde held on and could have had a fourth as Buckley made another great run into the area. The Tigers march on and are now Tameside’s only survivors in the competition.