Monday 10th September 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Richard Acton, Paul Ashwell, Matty Taylor, Dale Hawtin, Chris McCready, Kenny Brady (Lee Matthews), Martin Doherty (Matt Deevey), Neil Hall, Gareth Rowe (Steve Foster), Gavin Salmon, Neil Critchley
Gainsborough Trinity: Gary Ingham, Brian Linighan, Darren Holmes, John Reed, Neil Allison, Ian Gore, Andrew Stanhope, Gavin Bassinger, Lee Ellington, Paul Watts, Chris Hurst, Subs: Rick Ranshaw, Danny Brown, Kevin Martin.
The Tigers grabbed their first point of the season with a late equaliser against Gainsborough. Hyde had the better of the early stages with Chris McCready testing former Stalybridge goalkeeper Gary Ingham with a header from a corner but the custodian got down well to save. Gavin Salmon was sharp in making a chance for himself but poor finishing let him down and Ingham held easily. Martin Doherty then put Matty Taylor through on goal but again Ingham saved well. The best chance of the half for Hyde arrived when a long cross was headed across goal by Dale Hawtin and McCready headed straight into the arms of Ingham from six yards. As the half progressed Trinity came into the
game more and Paul Watts got through after a mistake by Neil Hall but Richard Acton saved well.
Gainsborough went ahead on 44 minutes when an optimistic crossfield ball was amazingly headed home by Andrew Stanhope from the corner of the penalty area. The second half was largely forgettable but came to life in the final five minutes when a Neil Critchley free kick was flicked on to Dale Hawtin at the back post where he made no mistake with his header. Hyde could then have won the game when Critchley again crossed but Chris McCready had his header pushed around the post by Ingham.