Monday 30th August 2004
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, John Gaynor, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, Wayne Dean (Andy Waine), Chris Lynch, Neil Tolson (Jamie Milligan), Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Tony Ellis.
Marine: Crookes, Murphy,Byrne, Connolly, Randles, Black, Kay, Whitehall, Scully, Dolan Subs: Taylor, Ellison, Culshaw
Steve Waywell had to call back Jamie Milligan from Fleetwood as the injury crisis continued at Ewen Fields and by the end of the game was certainly glad he had as Jamie scored a fantastic Beckham style free-kick to secure the points for the Tigers
This was a pulsating game from the start. Marine played in their traditional style. Quick to the ball, uncompromising and dangerous on the break and Hyde had to match them to stay in the game. Marine just about shaded the first period, but the Tigers matched them in a half of few chances.
Hyde were in danger of being overrun in midfield in the scond half as Marine upped the tempo. It was then a Waywell masterstroke which changed the game. Neil Tolson was replaced by Milligan as the Tigers went 4-4-2 and slowly Hyde began to dominate the midfield. A couple of half chances at either end before Hyde, with just thirteen minutes left, were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal and pretty central, The ref helped by insisting the wall was a full ten yards back and up strode Milligan to score a screamer into the top corned. Former Tiger, Peter Crookes in the Marine goal had no chance. Fortunate for Hyde the match was videoed and this will certainly be a goal to savour.
Marine pressed forward in the search of an equaliser, but Tim Mullock again performed well in the Tiger's goal as the Hyde defence stood firm. Both defences were on top in this game and it had to be something special to break them down. In the end it was Milligan's wonder strike which clinched it and the three points for Hyde.
Man of the match for Hyde was John Gaynor, drafted in at right back as a replacement for Lee Brough. With four frontline players injured this was a great result for the Tigers, especially as Marine looked to be potential front-runners on this show. A couple of tough game ahead though with the long trip to Bridlington on Saturday followed by the visit of Leek on Monday night.