Tuesday 30th October 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Colwyn Bay: David Williams, Stuart Scheuber, Cross, P Jones, Glen Graham, Dean Williams, Owain Roberts, Graham Roberts, Deiniol Graham, James McIlvouge, Craig Lawton. Subs: Jason Jones, Hogg, Colin Caton
Hyde United: Richard Acton, Gareth Liddle, Matty Taylor (Josh Howard), Neil Critchley, Martin Doherty, Peter Band, Chris Young, Ben Obong (Gavin Salmon), Steve Foster, Martin Filson (John Foster), David Nolan
30-10-01 COLWYN BAY 4 HYDE UNITED 4 UNIBOND Att. 209
This was probably one of the best games that the Unibond League has played host to this season between two sides who just didn’t want to lose ( Or maybe they were just trying to keep warm in the torrential rain the game was played in!!!) Bay were the better side in the first 45 minutes and could have been ahead after just five minutes when a Craig Lawton effort from the edge of the area was deflected wide for a corner, from that Dean Williams headed over the top when he should have done better. The Seagulls went infront on 14 minutes when a long throughball beat stand in defender Martin Doherty leaving James McIlvogue with an easy run in towards goal and he steered the ball easily past Richard Acton. Hyde the went close on 23 minutes as Neil Critchley swung a free kick into the box and Martin Filson connected but saw his header drift wide, the big defender sustained a nasty cut just under his eye from this challenge and Hyde were down to ten men for a few minutes whilst he received stitches. With Filson off the field Bay went further ahead on 25 minutes when McIlvogue headed home his second from a Deniol Graham cross. On 33 minutes Hyde won a corner which was cleared to Gareth Liddle who let fly with a screaming shot that David Williams in the Bay goal did well to parry for a corner as it sped towards the top corner. Just on half-time Williams again did well, this time blocking a close range David Nolan effort after another corner was flicked on by Filson. Hyde came out for the second half with more purpose and pulled one back on 48 minutes when Doherty’s cross was headed home by captain Peter Band, the hope was short lived though as Bay went further ahead on 55 minutes when Jason Jones rose the tallest from a corner to bury a header past Acton. Again Hyde reduced the deficit, this time on the hour when Martin Doherty headed past Williams following Chris Young’s corner. Five minutes later John Foster got caught in possession on the halfway line as McIlvogue raced away but poor finishing let the Tigers off the hook. Hyde equalised on 66 minutes in bizarre fashion, a free kick 40 yards out was thumped into the box by Neil Critchley looking for the head of Peter Band who promptly missed the ball but Williams in the Bay goal also missed it as it bounced once before flying into the empty net. Just a minute later Cross struck a 30 yard free kick for Bay which was heading for the top corner until Acton thrust out an arm to divert the ball for a corner. From the corner Glen Graham saw his effort cleared off the line as Hyde started to live dangerously. With three minutes left it seemed as though Hyde had blown it as Deniol Graham sped through on goal and rolled the ball past Acton to put Bay 4-3 ahead. Hyde still didn’t give up and with two minutes remaining Gavin Salmon had a good run down the left but his shot was deflected behind for a corner. Then in the final minute, Bay blocked a shot on the edge of the area and Neil Critchley raced onto the loose ball 25 yards out and rifled a powerful shot into the top corner for the equaliser, he was then promptly dived on by the whole team as Hyde’s spirit shone through to make it 3 games without defeat, something that was unthinkable six weeks ago!