Saturday 11th December 2004
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Tim Mullock, Steven Clegg, Nicky Hill, Paul Jones, Craig Buckley, John O'Kane, Wayne Dean (Dale Johnson), Phil Salt (Ged Kielty), Neil Tolson, Chris Lynch, Matty McNeil. Subs not used: Carl Barrowclough.
Guiseley: Lamb, Ord, Ball, Illingworth, Graham, Stansfield, Henry, Hunt, Cooke, Grayston, Stuart. Subs: Chattoe, Hay, Forrest.
Hyde took their unbeaten league run to 18 games with a hard-fought victory over Guiseley at Ewen Fields. In the process Neil Tolson grabbed his 50th goal for the club in only his second season to steady the ship when the the pressure was beginning to mount in the second half.
The Tigers opened strongly and took the lead on 18 minutes when Craig Buckley turned in the area and lashed in a left footer across the 'keeper. His reaction was ecstatic. He has spent the last month in court listening to the horrific events surrounding his father's death, yet insisted on playing nevertheless. His character and resolve sums up the Tiger's team spirit at the moment. Hyde's joy was shortlived , however, as James Stansfield headed home a corner eleven minutes later.
Guiseley were fighting for everything and Jonathan Hunt picked up a yellow for a second lunge at Chris Lynch. After half-time with the game still well poised and Guiseley a threat, Steve Waywell played his substitution card and brought on Dale Johnson. Within three minutes, Hyde were in front as the irrepressible Tolson prodded home after John Lamb had made a hash of a cross.
It was now all Hyde and Johnson capped a short cameo performance when in injury time, he turned Nathan Hay on the half way line, ran half the length of the pitch, rounded Lamb and scored a superb solo goal. It was a great end to a tough encounter.
There was still time for Hunt to collect a second yellow for another lunge at Lynch, who was forced to leave the field. The only downside for Hyde were bookings for John O'Kane and Wayne Dean, which will mean one match bans in a couple of weeks. Paul Jones, correctly, was awarded the man of the match award, but Tolson and Buckley ran him close.