Tuesday 2nd October 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Bamber Bridge: Andy Banks, Paul Lin, Lee Pryer, Phil Robinson, Chris Greaves, Steve Aspinall, Peter Smith, Lee Cooper, Karl Robinson, Andy Moran, Ian Dickinson. Subs: Paul Ryan, Brad Pates, Jamie Skeoch.
Hyde United: Richard Acton, John Foster, Chris McCready, Paul Ashwell, Dale Hawtin, Peter Band, Chris Young, Martin Doherty (Jason Dormer), Simon Yeo (Gavin Salmon), Steve Foster, David Nolan. Subs not used: Gareth Rowe.
The Tigers finally got their first win of the season and it was well deserved even if the goals were a little fortunate. David Nolan changed the system to 3-5-2 and rested Matty Taylor in order to play three centre backs and the manager picked himself to bolster the midfield. Again there was optimism before the kick off from the Hyde fans and the Tigers started off the brightest of the two sides and Paul Ashwell went close with a rising effort from the edge of the area after Simon Yeo have laid the ball back. Bamber Bridge went straight down to the other end and had an attempt themselves when Ian Dickinson forced Richard Acton into a good save at his near post. Hyde were well up for this game though and Simon Yeo pounced onto Peter Band's flick but shot just wide of the post under pressure. The home side went ahead on 9 minutes when Steve Aspinall curled in a shot from 25 yards using the outside of his foot, Richard Acton may have been at fault but the ball moved wickedly and landed just inside the post so we'll give him the benefit on that one. Hyde then went attempt crazy as they tried to get back into the game, Bridge keeper Andy Banks held onto a Simon Yeo volley from the edge of the area and then held onto a Yeo free kick that went through his defensive wall. Paul Ashwell, playing in central midfield, then went close with a 30 yard effort that went just past the upright. The Tigers had a goal disallowed when Steve Foster chipped into the box and Simon Yeo headed home only for the assistant to flag for offside. David Nolan then hit a 25 yarder that Banks again held onto and it looked as though it was going to be one of those nights until on 38 minutes Simon Yeo played in Steve Foster who rolled the ball under the legs of the onrushing Banks to equalise. Bamber were furious as Yeo seemed to have handled in the build up but the goal stood. The home side went close when Karl Robinson met Lee Pryer's cross but Richard Acton saved the strikers header. Steve Foster, who had been quiet until his goal, then found himself in acres of space just before the break but shot wide with just Banks to beat. Hyde didn't create as much after the break but they were still on top and should have gone in front when Martin Doherty's corner was met by Chris McCready who hooked over from close range after his header had been blocked. The Tigers went in front on 59 minutes when a powerful drive from Paul Ashwell was spilled by Banks and Steve Foster was on hand to stroke in the rebound. With half an hour left there was growing concern that Bridge would get back into the game but the defence was pretty solid but it looked as though the hosts had done it on 86 minutes when a rasping drive from Andy Moran rattled the crossbar. Hyde then eased their fans fears by wrapping it up in the final minute, a long ball forward was chashed by Steve Foster by the goalkeeper beat him to the ball, Foster still slid in on the goalkeeper and whilst the Hyde fans thought, oh well, the booking will waste some time, the referee never blew and Steve Foster picked himself up the grab his hat-trick and send the fans home happy for the first time in 21 games.