Saturday 25th September 2004
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Spennymoor United: Naisbett, Mc Stea, Talbot, Brumwell, Coulson, Oliver, Butler, Brown, Raw, Brunskill, Toft. Subs: Gough, Taylor, Graydon
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, John O'Kane (Craig Buckley), John Gaynor, Chris Lynch, Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil (Carl Barrowclough). Subs not used: Wayne Dean.
Hyde took the points from their trip to Spennymoor and fully deserved their victory. The game had been delayed, as Tim Mullock had to tie up the nets following a referee's inspection. He had to do the same in the second half. Reminiscent of Sunday morning football.
In difficult conditions with a swirling wind and rock hard pitch, Spennymoor made the early running and Mullock was soon in football action, but he could do nothing on 16 minutes as Danny Brunskill turned and hit an unstoppable left footer into the top corner.
Hyde slowly clawed their way back into the game with Jamie Milligan instrumental in creating chances. His in swinging corners caused the home defence all sorts of problems with Neil Tolson going close on three occasions and John O'Kane having a header cleared off the line. Phillip Naisbett's handling in the Spennymoor goal looked suspect all afternoon. Right on half time a long punt down field bounced in the Spennymoor penalty area and went on to hit the bar. Tolson, who else, was on hand to head the ball home.
Eleven minutes into the second half O'Kane slipped and gave Thomas Raw an easy chance. He fluffed it and then five minutes later Steven Clegg headed off the line. From then onwards it was all Hyde as they took the game to the opposition. On 67 minutes Matty McNeil hit the ball home after some superb skill in the area from Milligan and it was that man Milligan again, ten minutes later who swung over another great corner for Paul Jones to head home.
Hyde should have had a penalty moments before Jones' goal after Mc Neil was brought down in the area. The assistant flagged furiously but was overruled by the referee who was further away. A goal kick was given even though the ball was in play. The decision could have been costly in a closer game. The same assistant was involved seconds later when Spennymoor captain, Phillip Brumwell offered comments on his performance and received a straight red.
The Tigers were strong by the end and were well worth the points, but they were certainly needed as Workington and Leek are setting a hot pace at the top of the league.