Saturday 30th July 2005
Northern Premier League Shield
Matlock Town: Not available
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Nicky Allen, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, Steve Brackenridge, John O'Kane, Gerry Harrison (Craig Buckley), Phil Salt, Dale Johnson, Nicky Clee (Simon Garner), David Moore (Paul Armstrong)
Report by Tony Beard:
Hyde secured their first piece of silverware on Friday by securing the Peter Swales Memorial Shield with an emphatic victory at Unibond Cup Winners, Matlock Town.
Hyde were in control from the start and took the lead on eleven minutes when Dale Johnson headed home David Moore's cross. The Tigers went further in front ten minutes later when a brilliant piece of skill from Nicky Clee set up Steve Brackenridge, who made no mistake.
For the rest of the game, Hyde were in cruise control with Clee and Johnson causing all sorts of problems for the overworked Matlock defence. The home team were never allowed to get into their stride and were a pale shadow of the team, which impressed at Hyde last March.
Phil Salt hit the bar with a delicate chip early in the second half , whilst plenty of other chances went begging. Matlock staged a late rally but the Tigers defence stood firm and showed why they are yet to concede a goal in the pre-season games.
An impressive performance on the night, but there will be sterner tests ahead.