Saturday 13th November 2004
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Guiseley: Lamb, Hay, Ball, Illingworth, Graham, Stansfield, Henry, Hunt, Cooke, Grayston, Stuart. Subs: Chattoe, Sumner, Jackson.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill, Andy Waine, Jamie Milligan, John O'Kane, John Gaynor, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Craig Buckley, Carl Barrowclough, Wayne Dean. Sent off: Jamie Milligan.
Hyde's unbeaten league run goes on, but the pressure is beginning to tell. After only nine minutes at Guiseley, Jamie Milligan was given a straight red for two footed tackle. It was dangerous, but not malicious but referee Mick Bell felt it was bad enough to send him for an early shower. Well it would have been but the water hadn't even been turned on! Mr Bell could have done with a cold shower by the end after a most bizarre performance had irritated and bewildered the majority of the crowd. He collected four bookings but the worst tackles went unpunished whilst Dale Johnson and Neil Tolson were given little protection.
With the Tigers battling bravely and a whistle happy referee, there was little entertainment in the first half on a pitch which hadn't been rolled. The second half was little better but as Guiseley stepped up the pace, Hyde withstood the pressure and started to create themselves. Tim Mullock handled superbly in goal whilst the recalled Nicky Hill proved an able deputy for Paul Jones.
With seven minutes left, Tolson was brought down in the area. After what seemed like an eternity, Mr Bell pointed to the spot and Phil Salt calmly stroked home the penalty. Hyde were on schedule for an unlikely victory until Mark Stuart scored a screamer with just one minute left. Plenty of excitement in the four minutes of injury time especially from Guiseley's Jonathan Hunt, whose turn of pace had troubled Hyde all afternoon, but in the end Hyde were happy with a draw, but perhaps felt an improbable two points had slipped away.