Saturday 18th December 2004
Northern Premier League Challenge Cup 3rd Round
Bridlington Town: Kelly, Giblin, Robinson, Tomlinson, Harper, Fisher, Burdick, Thacker, Palmer, Fell, Wilson. Subs: Heath, Suddaby, Cooper.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, Andy Waine (Craig Buckley), John O'Kane, Wayne Dean (Neil Tolson), Ged Kielty, John Gaynor, Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil (Carl Barrowclough)
Hyde progressed to the last eight of the League Challenge Cup without too many alarms at a bitterly cold Bridlington on Saturday. A goal in each half was enough to secure victory in a game where the home side never really threatened.
The Tigers started strongly and should have been two up in the first ten minutes. First Dale Johnson was put clean through and he did everything right until he lost control after a bad bounce. Matty McNeil followed a similar fate minutes later as the uneven surface caused problems for attackers and defenders alike.
It wasn't until the stroke of half time that McNeil, causing problems all afternoon, threaded the ball to a rejuvenated Wayne Dean to slot home. The second half followed a similar pattern with Hyde causing problems on the break and the irrepressible McNeil hammered home a second with twenty minutes remaining to secure the victory. When substituted five minutes later, a wag in the crowd said he wished it had been an hour sooner. He was probably right, as Matty had wreaked havoc all afternoon.
Hyde took the opportunity to rest Neil Tolson and give Ged Kielty his debut whilst Jamie Milligan, Phil Salt and Chris Lynch were sidelined with injury. Despite the weakened team, Hyde were always too strong for Bridlington with the result never in doubt in a pretty poor game. There will be sterner tests ahead.