Saturday 19th February 2005
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Chris Lynch, Alex Mortimer, Lincoln Adams, Jamie Milligan, John O'Kane, John Gaynor (Gerry Harrison), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Dale Johnson (Phil Eastwood), Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Carl Barrowclough.
Bridlington Town: Kelly, Suddaby, Robinson, Tomlinson, Fisher, Heath, Giblin, Thacker, Fell, Palmer, Wilson. Subs: Baker, Harper, Richards.
Hyde made terribly hard work of beating relegation threatened Bridlington Town on Saturday and in the end were indebted to Tim Mullock who pulled off two excellent saves late in the game. Bridlington were a pale shadow of the team which visited Ewen Fields last Easter and gave the Tigers such a tough game. In the end three points were secured and with the news that Workington had slipped up at home, the performance will be soon forgotten. As Steve Waywell said before the game, "it's just a matter of winning and keeping the pressure on the teams above us now". And so it proved.
The Tigers were without the suspended Wayne Dean, whilst Paul Jones, Kieran Delaney and Nicky Hill were unavailable, but they should still have had enough quality in the side to kill the game, especially after the tonic of an early goal.
After only seven minutes Neil Tolson and Matty McNeil linked up to allow Dale Johnson to give Hyde the lead and it then seemed plain sailing and how many goals the Tigers could get. Some flowing football followed for a while, but Hyde seemed to lose their way. Chances were missed, and ultimately the home side lost their grip and allowed Bridlington back into the game. Even when McNeil added a second after great play from Johnson, Hyde were still not in total control and when Paul Palmer fired home a free-kick with ten minutes left, Hyde were left to rue all the chances they had missed. It was thankful Mullock was on top of his game as Bridlington staged a late fightback which could have severely embarrassed the home side.