Saturday 27th March 2004
Northern Premier League First Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, John Gaynor, Ian Pendlebury, Paul Jones, Wayne Dean (Dale Johnson), Kieran Delaney, Nicky Hill, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Tony Ellis), Andy Waine (Steven Clegg), Matty McNeil
Guiseley: Lamb, Coleano, OˇŻBrien, Hay, Parke, Illingworth, Henry, Chattoe, Jackson, Hogg, Stuart. Subs: Cooke, Sumner, Freeman.
It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but it is results which count now and this was mighty important to keep the Tigers with a five point cushion at the top of the league.
There was a sombre feel at the start as Craig Buckley and some of his close family arrived for the minutes silence. It was very moving and Craig showed great guts in attending. Let's hope he is playing again soon.
Hyde were on top for the first half, but sat back in the second and finished up hanging on at the finish needing two great saves from Tim Mullock to keep the lead.
As usual it should have been all over by the end of the first half with lots of pressure and chances being missed, but the Tigers had to wait until seconds before half time to take the lead. Neil Tolson was pushed to the floor in the area and Phil Salt converted with ease.
Hyde lost their rythym after the interval through injuries. Andy Waine had injured himself with an ill-advised tackle on half -time and Wayne Dean and Tolson were both replaced with more than half an hour to go. The first half fluency had gone and it was a backs to the wall job, but the Tigers held on for the three points, which all that really mattered. For once the defence stood firm with Paul Jones and Nicky Hill both playing well. Kieran Delaney could have made it easier but shot straight at the 'keeper when clean through.
With four or five players injured/unavailable ( John O'Kane also sat this one out), the physio has a lot to do to keep the bandwagon rolling at Workington on Tuesday.