Saturday 15th November 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
Kendal Town: Ward, Pennington, Close, Burrow, Whittal-Williams, Prosser, Cliff, Dixon, Whittaker, Foster, Galley. Subs: Close, Clitheroe, McKenna.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Ian Pendlebury (Kieran Delaney), Paul Jones, Craig Buckley (John Gaynor), John O'Kane, Nicky Hill, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Tony Ellis), Anthony Wright, Matty McNeil
Hyde travelled up the M6 in beautiful weather, watching Coyote Ugly and came away from this idyllic Cumbrian setting with three points, which they fully deserved as there was certainly nothing ugly about their performance.
Neil Tolson was passed fit, so it was an unchanged Tigers who took the field. In an eventful opening, Tolson was brought down in the area in the first minute, but the referee waved aside penalty claims. Later in the game, he probably would have give it. Down the other end, and who else but the much travelled Andy Whittaker, headed home after slack marking. Three minutes gone and one down.
Straight back to the other end and after Hyde had missed a couple of sitters, Anthony Wright was flattened from behind by the 'keeper. Another penalty? No, again play on.
It was all Hyde and no surprise when Craig Buckley slid home Ian Pendlebury's cross to equalise on 17 minutes. Third time lucky on 28 minutes when the referee gave a pen and Tolson thundered the ball home. Chances were still being created and Kendal were lucky to still be in the game at half-time, Their best spell came just a couple of minutes before the break when Tim Mullock produced two great saves from point blank range.
Kendal stepped up the pace after the break, but it was Hyde who were still dictating matters and man of the match Matty McNeil clinched it on 70 minutes, when he rifled home after a good move.
This was a great team performance and everybody contributed. Mullock looked secure at the back, whilst Nicky Hill looked comfortable in midfield and then left back for the second half after Pendo had gone off with a face injury at half time. Kieran Delaney showed his strength in the second half, whilst Buckley made some superb runs. The three lads up front 'worked their tripe off', according to the Manager, and I couldn't put it better myself.
The Tigers are playing some great stuff at the moment. It is just a shame there are not more there to see them. Bring on Bamber on Monday and a return to Ewen Fields for Dave Swanick. I am sure he will get the reception he deserves!