Monday 3rd January 2005
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Burscough: Newnes, Underwood, Dames, McKearney, McNulty, Crowder, Parry, Blakeman, Gedman, Eaton, Bowen. Subs: Bluck, Martindale, Byrne.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill (Carl Barrowclough), Alex Mortimer, Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, Wayne Dean, Phil Salt (Chris Lynch), Damien Hindle (Ged Kielty), John Gaynor, Matty McNeil
Burscough completed a miserable weekend for the Tigers inflicting one of their worst defeats for sometime. Hyde can have no excuses despite missing five regulars again. In this game they were never at the races and only a handful of players can be pleased with their performance. As for the rest, the game is best forgotten.
No complaints with the pitch this time as David Eaton saw his way to a hat trick, securing his first two in the first twenty minutes. Both were as a result of poor defending by the luckless Steven Clegg. Matty McNeil and Wayne Dean combined to almost pull a goal back, but by the end of the half, Burscough were well on top with the hapless Tigers second to everything.
Steve Waywell issued a no-nonsense rollicking at half time and showed his frustration by introducing all three substitutes at the start of the second half. Just as Hyde had a sniff of getting back into the game, Paul Gedman added a third after more woeful defending. He could have had another four minutes later when he blazed again the outside of the post when clean through. Things could have been worse for Hyde as Wayne Dean was lucky to avoid a second caution after a reckless challenge bourne out of frustration.
Hyde desperately tried to claw their way back with John Gaynor, Chris Lynch and John O'Kane outstanding, but the game was long gone when Hyde should have had a penalty for handball with fifteen minutes left. There was still time for Gaynor to bring a great save from David Newnes, but in injury time, Eaton grabbed his third to complete a comprehensive hiding for the Tigers. Ironically both New Year games last year were defeats, so Waywell will again have to weave his magic to get Hyde back on track. The return of the injured players as soon as possible has to be the number one priority.