Monday 17th October 2005
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Lincoln Adams, Danny Caldecott, Paul Jones, Jamie Milligan, Paul Armstrong, Chris Lynch, Phil Salt (Steve Brackenridge), Neil Tolson (Wayne Dean), Nicky Clee, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Craig Dudley, Sean Pearson, Jean-Paul Ndjebayi.
Droylsden: Phillips, Williams, Warner, Sturdy, Robinson, Brodie, Fitzpatrick, Morris, Fearns, Rapley, Talbot. Subs: Cameron, Hall, Murphy, Byrne, Carey.
Report by Tony Beard:
After Saturday's debacle, Hyde bounced back in the best possible way with a storming performance in this thrilling Tameside derby. By the end they were probably unlucky not to take all three points having a goal disallowed with just six minutes to go by a sharp-eyed linesman.
Hyde recalled Paul Armstrong and Chris Lynch and gave Neil Tolson his first start up front replacing the injured Dale Johnson. The match started quietly with no sign of the excitement to come until Steve Brodie lashed in a shot from fully thirty yards that went through Mark Westhead, hit the bar and rebounded off the stranded 'keeper into the net.
The Tigers fought back strongly and on forty minutes, Neil Tolson rounded Paul Phillips, but his shot was bundled away. Craig Robinson was hurt in the process and replaced immediately after the interval. Hyde took full advantage with two goals in two minutes immediately thereafter. First Nicky Clee set up the irrepressible Tolson for the first and Matty McNeil, again superb throughout, pounced on a defensive error to put Hyde in front in a dramatic turnaround.
The reorganised Bloods came back strongly and equalised on 73 minutes through a long range free kick from Kevin Rapley. The ball went past the wall and past a bewildered Westhead into the corner of the net. Another poor goal to give away for Hyde's beleaguered defence, which had performed much better on the night than recently.
There was no lying down this time from the Tigers and McNeil headed home a Steve Brackenridge cross only for the latter to be adjudged offside in a very tight decision. Minutes later Phillips carried the ball out of the area, which the assistant saw and duly flagged. Referee Mr Unsworth surprised everybody by awarding Droylsden a free-kick and booking Wayne Dean, who had replaced a tiring Tolson. A decision which astonished the bumper crowd of 633. The Gods were definitely looking after Phillips as he had caught the ball a yard outside of the area in the first half, which the referee had failed to see.
A much improved performance from the Tigers which took them three places up the table, albeit temporarily, with a full league programme midweek. Something to build on for Saturday's visit of Worksop.