Saturday 4th September 2004
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Bridlington Town: Baxter, Suddaby, Robinson, Underwood, Fisher, Heath, Blake, Thacker, Palmer, Fell, Harrison Subs: Harper, Collinson, Baker.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Lee Brough, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley (Andy Waine), John O'Kane, Wayne Dean, John Gaynor, Neil Tolson (Jamie Milligan), Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Chris Lynch.
Hyde came back from a very warm Bridlington with three well deserved points, but they actually made harder work of it than it needed to be. Having gone in front with the aid of Neil Tolson's knee in the 50th minute, the Tigers allowed Bridlington back into the game on 60 minutes , when the assistant referee intervened and gave Bridlington a free kick. The ball was floated in and substitute Gareth Collinson knocked the ball home.
This gave the Tigers some impetus and the introduction of Jamie Milligan gave Hyde a better shape and within three minutes of his introduction, Tolson latched on to a John Gaynor clearance and rifled the ball home. He was substitued five minutes later to allow his injured knee to recover, but he had done his job by then.
There were few chances in a match to forget. Both 'keepers made one good save a piece in the first half, and Mullock handled well in the second when the pressure was on. It was certainly a match to forget and also probably for the referee who had a nightmare. It started early when he booked Wayne Dean for his first foul, but then failed to take action against any of the Bridlington defenders who fouled the Hyde front three with great regularity. He capped a totally inept performance in the last minute when Dale Johnson was hacked down crudely outside the area by the 'keeper. He blew for the foul and then decided to blow the final whistle with no action ( or words) with the 'keeper. He should have sent him off, but like most of the key decisions in the game, he ducked the issue.
Nevertheless it was three points for the Tigers and you cannot do better than that. Bridlington, it must be said, were a pale shadow of the team that pushed Hyde all the way on Easter Monday at Ewen Fields.