Tuesday 24th August 2004
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Prescot Cables: Preistley, Holmes, Flynn, Chadwick, Jones, McGuire, Garforth, Taylor, Robinson, Connolly, Garner. Subs: McNutt, O¡¯Donnell, Prescott
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Lee Brough, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, John Gaynor, John O'Kane, Wayne Dean, Chris Lynch, Carl Barrowclough (Neil Tolson), Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Andy Waine, Craig Buckley.
The storms which had wreaked havoc throughout the North West on Tuesday by-passed Prescot to enable the game to go ahead and Hyde were certainly pleased they had.
A brilliant performance from the Tigers ensured three points and continued their promising start to the season. The midfield three covered very inch of the lush turf and continually fed the Tigers front-men of Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil and Carl Barrowclough who all ran the physical defence ragged. Johnson was the real star with his excellent control and blistering pace. Twice he burst through, only to be thwarted by the legs of 'keeper Phil Priestley. Other chances came and went and by half time, Hyde should have had the game won.
The second half followed a similar pattern until the 60th minute, when Lee Brough lunged in and referee Commins, who had an erratic game, pointed to the spot. Former Wrexham and QPR Player, Karl Connerley took the penalty, but Tim Mullock dived to his left to make a superb one-handed save. This proved to be the turning point as the Tigers turned the screw.
Hyde scored the all important goal seven minutes later when Paul Jones scored with a great header from a Barrowclough corner. A few shaky moments thereafter, but the Tigers defence, impressive throughout, stood firm with Mullock handling well in the greasy conditions.
Overall this was a superb win for the Tigers in inhospitable surroundings and convinced any sceptics that they certainly mean business again this season. Whitby manager, Harry Dunn, was left with plenty to think about for Saturday's game on his long drive home.