Wednesday 6th April 2005
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Bishop Auckland: Pennock, Coulthard, Morgan, Bell, Wilkinson, Foster, Robson, Salvin, Sheeran, L’Anson, Irvine. Subs: Woodhouse, Robson, Ward.
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, John Gaynor, Nicky Hill, Lincoln Adams, Alex Mortimer, John O'Kane, Paul Jones, Phil Salt, Neil Tolson (Wayne Dean), Dale Johnson, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Jamie Milligan, Chris Lynch.
Hyde travelled to Spennymoor on Wednesday and secured three points from their fixture with bottom club Bishop Auckland with a professional performance in difficult circumstances. Steve Waywell made a number of positional changes moving Nicky Hill and John O’Kane into midfield, dropping Alex Mortimer to full back and recalling Paul Jones at the heart of the defence. Mortimer had a storming game whilst Jones looked like he had never been away.
The conditions were poor, as the pitch had not been rolled for some time and not helped by the wet and windy conditions. However the Tigers rode their luck when it mattered and two well-taken goals meant they left with three points. Bishop’s managed to miss two penalties and it cost them dearly
The first penalty was after just three minutes when Tim Mullock brought down Mark Sheeran, but Stuart Irvine blasted high and wide. This gave Hyde a wake up call and the first goal came on thirty minutes when a great piece of skill by Dale Johnson allowed Neil Tolson to head home. The Tigers had already gone close with Phil Salt clipping the bar and Tolson had a header that flashed wide. Unfortunately he had to withdraw minutes later with a hamstring problem, but within a minute Matty McNeil had doubled the score with a neat finish after another piece of Johnson magic had set him up.
Hyde defended resolutely in the second half to hold on to what they had but conceded a second penalty on 66 minutes when the unfortunate Mullock was adjudged to have fouled on the edge of the area. Irvine had already been substituted, so it was left to Sheeran to blast this one high and wide again.
The Tigers finished the stronger and Johnson could have capped a great performance with a late goal whilst Wayne Dean also went close.
Played at Brewery Field, Spennymoor.
Irvine (3) and Sheeran (66) both missed penalties for Bishop Auckland.