Saturday 26th August 2006
Farsley Celtic: Cuss, Walls, Pemberton, Knowles, Crossley, Serrant, Watson, Midgley, Grant, Reeves, Stammer. Subs: Stabb, Hotte, Toulson, Shields, Sanasy
Hyde United: Craig Dootson, Lincoln Adams, Chris Lynch (Danny Caldecott), Gerry Harrison, Mike Flynn, Earl Davis, Steve Smith (Neil Prince), Steve Pickford, Dale Johnson, Gareth Seddon, David Eyres (Steve Brackenridge). Subs not used: Lee Rick, David Carnell.
After plenty of hype from the opposition in the build-up, Hyde secured a late point at Farsley to silence the home crowd. Farsley still believe that Hyde were not champions fourteen months ago and it should have been them despite an appeal to The High Court which went in Hyde's favour.
In fact, the Tigers had more pressing things on their mind as Nathan Wharton was forced to pull out of the starting line up seconds before the start due to sickness. Gerry Harrison made a hasty move from the subs bench to play.
Hyde had the better of the first half, for although the home side had more possession, the Tigers always looked more likely to score. A couple of close shaves and a goal disallowed was all Hyde had to show for their first half endeavours.
In the second period, it was Farsley who stepped up the pace and took the lead on 55 minutes through Gareth Grant. Steve Waywell immediately introduced the fit again Neil Prince for Steve Smith with Danny Caldecott, also returning, replacing the injured Chris Lynch.
The Tigers had not shown the passion of the previous Tuesday and looked to be down and out until a minute from time, Dale Johnson made his first telling contribution of the game by slotting past Paul Cuss in the Farsley goal. A goal out of nothing, but a point the Tigers were happy to take home and thereby silencing the partisan home crowd.
Report by Tony Beard.