Monday 21st February 2005
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Chris Lynch, Alex Mortimer, Lincoln Adams, Jamie Milligan (Phil Eastwood), John O'Kane, Gerry Harrison (Nicky Hill), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Carl Barrowclough), Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil
Bamber Bridge: Adams, Clitheroe, Shuttleworth, Steel, Macauley, Cooper, Allen, Shepherd, Ward, wright, King. Subs: Richards, Shepperd, Campbell.
This game was similar to Saturday's as Hyde scored an early goal and then failed to kill off the opposition. There was added spice this time as the match only went ahead after two pitch inspections and snow before the kick-off and then again later threatened to have the final say. As it was, the weather relented long enough for Hyde to ultimately secure three points and move up to second in the league.
Hyde took the lead on 21 minutes when John O'Kane scrambled the ball home after a Jamie Milligan inswinging corner had caused all sorts of problems in the Bamber defence. Hyde should already have been in front as his two previous corners had wreaked havoc and Neil Tolson had missed when put clean through. It was all Hyde for a while as they adapted better to slippery conditions, but a half time lead of just one goal hadn't reflected their superiority.
In the second half, Hyde sat back and allowed Bamber plenty of possession and they took full advantage by equalising on seventy minutes. A corner, after Lincoln Adams had slipped, was allowed to pass through the six yard box and Stuart Shepherd scored at the far post.
This spurred the tigers and three minutes later , Carl Barrowclough crossed, Matty McNeil headed goalwards and Dale Johnson was on hand to score from close range. A few more scares to come from the jittery Hyde defence especially when Tim Mullock allowed the ball to slip away from his grasp, but Adams atoned with a great tackle. With heavy snow falling for the last ten minutes, the Tigers held on and once again the three points were more important than the performance.
They will have to show a more consistent performance on Saturday at Workington in a match they cannot afford to lose.