Saturday 8th January 2005
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Farsley Celtic: Morgan, Stabb, Serrant, Shields, Iqbal, Dyson, McDaid, Rickers, Bett, Midwood, Stammer. Subs: Riordan, Bernard, Smith
Hyde United: Neil Tolson (Tim Mullock), Steven Clegg, John Gaynor (Wayne Dean), Alex Mortimer, Chris Lynch, John O'Kane, Kieran Delaney (Carl Barrowclough), Phil Salt, Jamie Milligan, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil
The result suggests the same story as the previous two games as Hyde failed to score for the third consecutive game, but there was more to this game than first appears.
Neil Tolson, currently injured, was forced to start in goal as Tim Mullock was delayed by the extreme weather and didnít actually touch the ball before Mullock duly arrived to take over after three minutes. The only problem for the Tigers was that Andy Waine originally named on the bench had to be sacrificed. Hardly good preparation for such an important game. The good news was that Kieran Delaney was back from his travelling and named in the team.
On a sodden pitch with the gale and driving rain behind them, Hyde took control and should have been in front by half time. Matty McNeil and John Gaynor had both gone close, before Jamie Milligan, back after injury and playing well, curled a long range free-kick against the bar. McNeil was unlucky with a penalty appeal before right on half time, Dale Johnson; also back after injury, headed home. As the Tigers celebrated, assistant Mr Khalfe ruled the ball hadnít crossed the line, despite being well positioned. A dreadful decision and he could have no excuse.
Things went from bad to worse at the start of the second half as Mullock failed to get any distance in clearing a John OíKane back pass and Michael Midwood hammered the ball home before luckless Tim could get back. He probably wished he had stayed in bed as Steve Waywell vented his fury.
Hyde continued to have all the play but just couldnít find the killer touch and right at the death, Andy Shields looking miles offside, added an undeserved second. It just wasnít Hydeís day. Steven Clegg, playing his last league game, had a superb match and marked danger man Roy Stammer out of the game. On this performance he will be sorely missed. Everybody at the club wishes him well on his World tour.
Three defeats in a row and no goals scored, but talk of crisis is premature. With players now coming back from injury and no league game until the end of the month, the Tigers have plenty of time to regroup. There were signs in this game that the early season form is returning.