Tuesday 27th November 2001
Northern Premier League Challenge Cup Group Stage
Ashton United: Matthew Merson, Duncan Robertshaw, Peter Carty, Gareth Morris, James Riordan, Darren Royle, Andy MacDonald, Lee Blackshaw, Phil Denney, Lee Calvert, Chris Cornelly. Subs: Haslam, Mick Carmody, Guy
Hyde United: Steve Lyons, Dale Hawtin, Matty Taylor, Josh Howard, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young, Ben Obong (Steve Foster), Lee Matthews (Gareth Rowe), Gareth Liddle, Gavin Salmon (John Foster)
The Tigers fielded a side mainly of reserves for this League cup tie and paid the price. It was a good start for Hyde though as they took the lead on 4 minutes when Benjamin Obong rounded Ashton goalkeeper Matthew Merson and slid home following a Lee Matthews flick on. It was all level on 12 minutes when a poor clearance found Gareth Morris who simply strolled through the penalty area and beat Stephen Lyons easily. Two minutes later and Ashton were in front, Chris Cornelly fed the ball in from the left and Lee Blackshaw was unopposed as he steered the ball home at the near post. A minute later a free kick for Hyde found Obong who rattled the angle of post and bar from close range. It was all square again on 18 minutes when a 25 yard effort from Josh Howard took a wicked bounce to deceive Merson and fly into the goal. A minute later and Ashton were back in the lead, Cornelly crossing and Blackshaw scoring in a copy of the second goal. What an opening twenty minutes!!!! The rest of the half didn't live up to that, Hyde having two more efforts through Gavin Salmon his first clearing the crossbar from 20 yards whilst his second was saved by the legs of Merson after the striker had spun his defender. And then the fun started again! Thirty seconds after the break Ashton went 4-2 ahead, more poor defending allowed Peter Carty to set up Phil Denney to score from close range. A minute after that and the game was over, Chris Cornelly crossed from the left and Paul Ashwell volleyed into the corner of his own goal. On the hour it was six, Lee Blackshaw broke away from the Hyde defence and cooly placed the ball past Lyons for his hat-trick. Three minutes from time a great run from Matty Taylor led to Chris Young setting up Gareth Rowe for his first goal for the Tigers but that was only to make the scoreline a little more respectable. A very strange game with 90% of all shots going in.