Saturday 9th November 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Mike Lomax (Anthony Hargreaves), Rob Woodhead, Dominic Crookes, David Linighan, Dave Swanick, Matty Taylor, Troy Hayder, Kevin Hulme, Steven Ferguson (Julian Ward), Larry Farren. Subs not used: Tom Brookes.
Hucknall Town: Young, Mayman, Williams, Starbuck, Hicks, Griffiths, Prindiville, Mitchell, Lenagh, Nangle, Cooke. Subs: Huckerby, McDermott, Smalley.
A twelvth successive league defeat and not a single point since Nolo's departure. The Mail on Sunday appear to have us relegated already as we are not in their league table for the second week. Perhaps they know something or just jumping to the conclusion that many of the fans had, on leaving Ewen Fields on Saturday.
There have been many changes since the start of the season with only four players starting on Saturday that were in Nolo's last game. The defence has tightened with David Linighan an inspiration and Dom Crookes playing the best all season, yet we still made one mistake and were punished dearly ( as always). Rob Woodhead was left stranded and Mark Nangle headed home on 38 minutes. It was a good goal, but should have been prevented.
For the rest of the time Hyde couldn't make their possession count. Debutant Troy Hayder had a couple of early chances and two superb corners at the death from Dave Swanick almost made a goal. Swanick became the target for abuse which was neither constructive or fair.
Kevin Hulme made his first ( and possibly last) appearance for the Tigers to help us out because of Steve Foster's suspension. He may sign for Leigh, but he needs some more fitness. (Fozzy would have thrived on his flick ons). After his four game suspension, Paul Ashwell was unavailable through holiday and Lee Evans remains sidelined. New signing from Vauxhall Julian Ward was on the bench.
Gordon certainly has the preverbial Hill to climb and quickly. A good midfielder and striker are desperately needed .for starters