Monday 15th November 2004
Northern Premier League Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill, Andy Waine (Chris Lynch), Jamie Milligan (Wayne Dean), John O'Kane, John Gaynor, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Carl Barrowclough), Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil
Kendal Town: Robinson, Burrow, McKenna, Whitall-Williams, Taylor, Jack, Clitheroe, Woodruffe, Smith, Mayers, Ashcroft. Subs: Foster, Galley, Rigby
Hyde progressed to the last sixteen of the Unibond League Cup on Monday with a comfortable victory over Kendal Town. However one would expect the FA Trophy game at Kendal next week to be somewhat more difficult, as Kendal never really got into their stride after arriving late.
The Tigers were soon up and running though after the delayed kick-off as Neil Tolson headed them in front after just six minutes. Hyde continued to put reserve 'keeper, Ryan Robinson under severe pressure, especially from in-swinging corners, but Kendal survived although they never really looked threatening.
The second half followed a similar pattern and it was no surprise when Matty McNeil rifled home on 67 minutes. Kendal pulled one back seven minutes later as Mike Jack hammered home a free kick with the help of a deflection, but normal service was resumed three minutes later after a great run from John Gaynor allowed McNeil to set up Dale Johnson who side footed home.
Although last year's fluency is missing from much of Hyde's play, they are battling hard and grinding out the results and this was another game when although they were not at their best, they were still too strong for the opposition. Whitby will provide a much sterner test on Saturday.