Saturday 23rd August 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Hyde United: David Fish, Greg Challender, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Anthony Kielthy, John O'Kane, Tony Watts (Glyn Barker), Phil Salt (John Gaynor), Lee Evans, Tony Ellis, Anthony Callaghan (Craig Buckley)
Bishop Auckland: Swan, Rowe, Batey,Salvin, West, Hope, Ross, Maddison, Chandler,Scaife, Irvine. Subs: Foster, Heiniger and Taylor.
In front of a meagre crowd of just 171,nearly half of what we had for Farsley, and the lowest for some considerable time at the stadium, anything which could go wrong, did.
The referee set the tone as early as the sixth minute as he booked Anthony Callaghan for a slightly late tackle in the centre circle. John O'Kane followed for his first foul, but when Shaun Hope went straight through Tony Ellis, he only received a yellow. It should have been red. Hope had already given Bishops the lead on 16 minutes, when he rose unchallenged in the six yard box to head home.
The Tigers had already come close when Greg Challender was just wide with a screamer and as the half wore on both Tony Watts and Tony Ellis severely troubled Bishop's keeper, Adrian Swan who had a nightmare all afternoon with his handling.
By the 51st minute, Hyde had used all three subs with Watts, Phil Salt and Anthony Callaghan all leaving the field. Hyde stepped up the tempo in the second half against the physical Bishops, who finished with five bookings. Ellis, who was Hyde's man of the match, equalised on 72 minutes and although Glyn Barker went close on 77 minutes, the Tigers had again left it too late. There is also a desperate need for another striker.
The game finished on an unsavoury note as first Steven West could count himself very lucky as his violent conduct only earned him a yellow. On another day he would have been first in the bath, and then Lee Evans twisted his knee and was stretchered off, and he may be out for some time.
A totally unsatisfactory conclusion to a very average game with the referee collecting eight bookings, but failing to deal appropriately with the key incidents.