Saturday 30th August 2003
F.A. Cup Preliminary Round
Hyde United: John Baker, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury (Tony Watts), Paul Jones, Anthony Kielthy, John O'Kane, Greg Challender, Craig Buckley (Lee Prior), Neil Tolson, Tony Ellis (Mike Meszaros), Glyn Barker. Subs not used: John Gaynor, Phil Salt.
Hallam: Spooner, Francis, Muzyczka, Storey, Hawke, Franklin, Roney, Campbell, Worsfold, Smith, Tibenham. Subs: Clements, Moult, Howard.
When was the last time the Tigers won by five clear goals? It should actually have been more as numerous chances were missed in the second half, including two one on ones with the 'keeper. But who cares?
This was a scintillating performance from the Tigers against unbeaten Hallam, especially in the first half, as they rattled in five without reply. And good goals they were too. Tony Ellis hammered in the first after only nine minutes ( with his left foot). Five minutes later Glyn Barker was fouled in the box and Neil Tolson put away the penalty with more aplomb than his Bridlington one. Ellis tapped in number three on 29 minutes and then added another screamer on 37. Right on half time another tap in for Tony and four for the half and five for the Tigers. Not bad for a veteran as this week's NPL Newsletter calls him!
The forwards all played well with Barker ever dangerous and Tolson laying the ball off well. They were well supported from midfield by John O'Kane who was instrumental in most things and had his best game so far for the Tigers. He even managed to miss a sitter after being on the end of a superb six man move.
The second half was an anti-climax after Barker had netted a sixth on 52 minutes. Jamie Smith pulled one back on 57 minutes with a well taken goal and then it was time to switch the team around. Hyde lost their fluency , whilst Hallam were pleased just to hang on in there and take consolation the second half was only 1-1. It shouldn't have been as both Barker and Tolson contrived to miss when faced only with the 'keeper, but other missed chances were soon forgotton as the Tigers had already booked a spot in the next round with either Curzon or Mossley.
From the performance, you would not have guessed that the Tigers had struggled to field a team. Dave Fish decided on Friday night that his future was not Orange (jersey), so John Baker was drafted in and he did well. Lee Evans in on crutches, Phil Salt had not recovered from his achilles problem and John Gaynor reported sick on arrival at the ground. That meant a debut for Steven Clegg and he gave an accomplished performance and only 3 available subs, although five were named. Phil Salt's 'warm up' was a pie from Lil. By the looks of JG, it would have made a hasty return if he had one!
Ready for the next round are strikers Matty mcNeil signed from Runcorn FC Halton and Anthony Wright signed from Aberystwyth Town. Matty is well known locally whilst Anthony was part of Barrow's 1998 League winning side. Both will be needed for the tougher tasks ahead....starting at North Ferriby on Tuesday.