Tuesday 5th October 2004
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Lincoln United: Conroy, Wilkins, Brown, Mc Daid, Hone, George, Hawley, Bull, Minett, Roche, Trout. Subs: Gilbert, Miller, Walters.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, John Gaynor, Chris Lynch, Phil Salt (Craig Buckley), Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Carl Barrowclough, Wayne Dean.
Another brilliant goal from Dale Johnson secured the points for the Tigers at Lincoln on Tuesday and extended their unbeaten run to 14 games. The goal came with just twenty minutes left after Johnson had received the ball on the edge of the area with his back to goal. A quick turn and the ball was in the net before 'keeper Nick Conroy could get across. A goal worthy of winning any game and one Simon Yeo, watching from the sidelines, would have been proud of. It was a shame there was only 149 to see it, but it must be said the majority were from Hyde.
The Tigers deserved the points from this tough encounter; although Lincoln made them fight all the way to set up next week's FA Cup repeat nicely. Hyde had the majority of play in the first half and should have had a comfortable lead by half time. However all they had to show for their efforts was a somewhat fortuitous goal from Phil Salt, whose lob into the area was misjudged by Conroy as he pulled his hands away only to find the ball nestle in the corner of the net. The error unnerved him, but the Tigers failed to capitalise, despite putting him under intense pressure from Jamie Milligan's in swinging corners.
Hyde started the second half where they had left off in the first but disaster struck on 62 minutes when the inconsistent referee awarded a penalty after Paul Jones was adjudged to have fouled. A harsh decision and tough on Tim Mullock who had just made a superb one handed save. Jonty Hawley put the spot kick away and the Hyde had it all to do again. But such is the spirit this season, Hyde piled forward and took the game to the opposition. Some of last year's flowing football has gone, probably due to Salt's absence, but there is more resilience this year and they think they can score with every attack.
Matty McNeil, again superb with no protection from the referee, Neil Tolson and Jamie Milligan all went close before Dale's super strike and it was fitting such a great goal should settle the tie. The Tigers will go into next week's FA Cup-tie with renewed vigour and this was a tough game on paper, but not for the first time, Hyde came through with flying colours.