Saturday 16th August 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Bridlington Town: Kelly, Thompson, Robinson, Baker, Harper, Heath,Burdick, Thacker, Drayton, Harris, Farley. Subs: Houghton, Ingram and Palmer.
Hyde United: David Fish, Robert Trees, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Anthony Kielthy, John O'Kane, Greg Challender (Lee Evans), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Glyn Barker, Anthony Callaghan (Craig Buckley). Subs not used: Tony Ellis.
Not the start the many Hyde faithful in the crowd had been hoping for. It was always going to be a tough encounter against a team who had secured back to back promotions, but the Tigers did hot help their cause with two gift goals in the first half, from which they never recovered. However it was a lovely day at the seaside - just a shame the football did not match it.
The day had started badly with Tony Watts phoning with flu, so Robert Trees and Ian Pendlebury were signed on route and both made their debuts in defence.
Hyde started the stronger, but after 15 minutes, John O'Kane handled on the edge of the area and after a long delay, Paul Farley slotted the ball home past David Fish. It should have been saved by either the wall or the 'keeper. Hyde were level on 35 minutes when Neil Tolson turned well and was brought down in the box. He got up to score the resultant penalty, just.
The Tigers' fans joy was short-lived as inside a minute, Bridlington were back in front as Andy Thompson squeezed one through the legs of Fish. A really bad goal to give away at any time, but especially so soon after the equaliser.
The Tigers were still in the game at the start of the second half, but their chances all but evaporated within 6 minutes as the dangerous Jason Harris added a third. For the rest of the half, Hyde had plenty of possession but never in the last third and were well beaten by the finish.
Anthony Kielthy was the best player for the Tigers, but most others had disappointing starts. We need another striker to assist Tolson if we are going to make headway in the league and it is important to get into winning ways against Farsley.
The referee had a poor game. He finshed with eight bookings in a game without a bad foul and was pedantic in his interpretation of technical offences. He failed to deal satisfactorily with a first half brawl in front of his nose, even after asking both assistants for help. He then failed to take any action against the defender who brought down Tolson for the penalty. Having said that it was not his fault Hyde lost, it was just poor defending.