Monday 14th March 2005
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Chris Lynch, Alex Mortimer, Lincoln Adams, John Gaynor, John O'Kane, Gerry Harrison (Wayne Dean), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Carl Barrowclough (Dale Johnson), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Paul Jones.
Matlock Town: Bowling, Circuit, Hopkins, McNicholas, Bostock, Lukic, Warne, White, Taylor, Barraclough, Webster. Subs: Taylor, Brown, Williams
In a thrilling game at Ewen Fields, Matlock snatched a dramatic injury time equaliser to thwart the Tigers. Played in heavy rain throughout the players of both sides deserve full marks for serving up such great entertainment in a match which was a credit to the Unibond League. Both teams have had good runs in the last month or so and it showed with plenty of confidence on a tricky pitch. The referee, Mr Collin, also added to the night with an excellent performance
Hyde took the lead on 25 minutes after John O’Kane had scrambled home a Neil Tolson free kick. Just two minutes later, Matlock were level after Chris Lynch hesitated too long and from his delayed back pass, Tim Mullock could only hammer it against Simon Barraclough, who had the simple task of running the ball over the line. Unperturbed Hyde stormed forward and Phil Salt’s goal-bound shot was diverted past Ian Bowling by Tolson.
It was now end to end stuff with both ‘keepers having to make a string of fine saves, before seconds before the interval Lincoln Adams and Mullock got into an awful tangle with both blaming each other in a bizarre altercation.
The second half continued at a pace with Bowling looking suspect on crosses but excellent on shot stopping. John Gaynor and Alex Mortimer went closest for Hyde, whilst Mullock had to be on top form at the other end. With just four minutes left Dale Johnson set up Tolson, but his shot was scrambled away and Hyde were made to pay dearly deep into injury time as the visitors snatched an equaliser through Rocky White with a well worked goal. They should have been dead and buried, but had shown great resilience and belied their mid table position with some excellent football throughout.