Tuesday 25th March 2003
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hucknall Town: Young, Maymen, Shaw, Adams, Hicks, Gaunt, Soar, Mitchell, Nangle, Marcelle, Cooke. Subs: Holmes, Prindiville, Huckerby.
Hyde United: David Fish, Paul Ashwell, Rick Whelan (Padi Wilson), Dominic Crookes, Matty Duffy, Mark Sertori, John Gaynor, Nicky Spooner, Steve Foster (Tony Ellis), Lee Evans, Steve Gunby. Subs not used: Dave Swanick.
Hyde turned in a much better performance at Hucknall and were unlucky not to come away with at least one point, if not three. On a pitch resembling Blackpool beach, all the play came from the Tigers who paid the penalty for missed chances at one end and letting in two awful goals at the other.
The first half belonged to Hyde with Steve Foster ( remember him?) and Lee Evans causing all sorts of problems but they could not find the net. Five minutes before half time ( how many times has that happened this year?) Mark Nangle was given far too much time and space and his weak shot found the back of the net.
The second half followed a similar pattern, but Hyde were dealt a double blow after 55 minutes when first Steve Foster was carried off with an ankle injury and seconds later Rick Whelan followed with a torn hamstring. The Tigers continued to fight and John Gaynor produced a great save from Ryan Young.
Against the run of play, Hucknall got a second on 74 minutes, when Russell Cooke's shot went under Dave Fish. A horror moment. Still the Tigers pressed and Evans had a great effort which cannoned back of a post. It was that sort of night. When you are down you certainly get no luck.
For Hyde there were plenty of decent performances on the night, none more so than Dominic Crookes who had his best game for some time.