Saturday 16th November 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Ashton United: Trueman, Rush, White, Calvert, Royle, Riordan, Morris, Denney, Carty, Challinor, Cornelly. Subs: Dormer, Garvey, Connor.
Hyde United: Peter Crookes, Dave Swanick, Matthew Wright, Dominic Crookes, David Linighan, Steven Ferguson, Julian Ward, Larry Farren, Steve Foster, Kevin Hulme, Ryan Hevicon (Lee Evans). Subs not used: Anthony Hargreaves, Scott Westwood.
Another disappointing result for the Tigers in the Tameside Derby. Plenty of possession, but no killer instinct up front and frequently troubled by Ashton's long ball tactics at the back. Having said that, the defence stood up well, with Peter Crookes again having a good game between the posts and making a stunning first half save and Dave Swanick handling the dangerous Chris Cornelly well.
Two needless goals were the Tigers' undoing. Darren Royle got the first on 28 minutes after the ball bounced in off him following a near post corner. Hyde should already have been one up as Julian Ward was put clean through, but failed to hit the target. The second goal, on 61 minutes, resulted from a needless foul on the edge of the area. Gareth Morris powered the ball home through the wall. Gordon Hill showed his disgust at the freekick by immediately removing Ryan Hevicon and replacing him with Lee Evans.
Five minutes earlier Steve Foster had brought the Tigers back into the game with a delicate lob. Foster again proved to be the best forward on show but lacked support when it mattered. When Hyde got their football going, they looked confident, but at the end of the day, it is results that count, and wins are desperately needed after 14 games without one.
Hyde were forced to do without Paul Ashwell and Matty Taylor, both of whom failed to turn up. Their days may be numbered at Ewen Fields. With Ashy being on contract, Hyde are willing to listen to offers or do a player exchange deal.