Saturday 1st September 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Richard Acton, John Foster, Matty Taylor, Stuart Taylor, Dale Hawtin, Peter Band, Josh Howard (Lee Matthews), Neil Hall, Gavin Salmon (Colin Hall), Steve Foster (Martin Doherty), Neil Critchley Sent off: Dale Hawtin.
Colwyn Bay: Paul Smith, Owain Roberts, Paul Jones, Craig Hogg, Glen Graham, Jason Jones, Stuart Scheuber, Deniol Graham, James McIlvogue, Alun Evans. Subs: Simon Richards, Gary Lewis for McIlvogue, Colin Caton.
Hyde are now the only side in the league without a point as they slumped to a fifth consecutive defeat and have now gone 12 games without a win. Colwyn Bay started off the better side and Deniol Graham was unlucky to see his shot clear the crossbar on 3 minutes. The home side had a let off soon after when Alun Evans hit the woodwork from close range after a cross from the right. It was Hyde who went ahead as Gavin Salmon scored when the ball looped over Bay
goalkeeper Paul Smith following Josh Howard's freekick. Hyde's good fortune changed on 33 minutes when defender Dale Hawtin was dismissed for his second bookable offence. Three minutes later Evans again missed from close range when he headed wide from a Roberts cross. On 37 minutes Hyde almost grabbed a second when a 40 yard effort from Josh Howard clipped the top of the crossbar. The loss of Hawtin soon told though and the Seagulls equalised on 39 minutes when Jason Jones got onto a throughball and finished well. A minute after the break Salmon outpaced the Bay defence but Smith made a good save to deny the youngster. Bay got the winner on 51 minutes when an Evans free kick was glanced home by Deniol Graham. On 58 minutes Hyde keeper Richard Acton made a great double save to deny Marc Limbert and then James McIlvogue. Limbert then struck the crossbar a minute later. At the other end Paul Smith denied Neil Critchley with a good save but play soon switched back and Acton again saved from McIlvogue. Hyde should have snatched a last minute reprieve when Smith dropped a cross at the feet of Colin Hall but the substitute inexplicably hit the crossbar with the goal at his mercy as Bay registered their first win of the campaign, something the home side can only go on hoping for.