Saturday 12th February 2005
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Chris Lynch, Nicky Hill, Lincoln Adams, John Gaynor, John O'Kane, Phil Eastwood (Matty McNeil), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Alex Mortimer (Wayne Dean). Subs not used: Gerry Harrison.
Frickley Athletic: Ingham, Robinson, Selby, Woolford, Kennedy, Lindley, Pugh, Ashley, Collins, Chambers, Evans. Subs: Nazha, Russell, Foley.
On a stormy day at Ewen Fields, Hyde failed to overcome bogey team, Frickley Athletic. On paper, the Tigers should have secured three points, but the heavy pitch and a gusty swirling wind made life difficult for both teams. In addition Hyde gave home debuts to no less than four players and although they all made good starts, it will obviously take a little time for them to bed in.
Hyde started strongly and took the lead on seven minutes when a long cross from Alex Mortimer found Chris Lynch on the right and his cross-cum shot finished in the net. Two minutes later a great run from Dale Johnson set up Neil Tolson but his shot cannoned off the legs of Gary Ingham in the Frickley goal. Nicky hill was inched wide seconds later, but this was the last clear cut chance for Hyde as although they had plenty of good possession, they never really looked like scoring again.
Frickley slowly clawed their way back into the game and scored an equaliser on 38 minutes through Leroy Chambers. A long cross field ball found Chambers on the edge of the area and he easily found the net past an onrushing Tim Mullock.
For the rest of the game it was basically cat and mouse and as the conditions worsened the game fizzled out with neither 'keeper being called upon beyond the call of duty. This was certainly two points lost for Hyde, but Frickley did show glimpses of why they had gone six games unbeaten.