Friday 18th January 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: David Felgate, Dale Hawtin, Matty Taylor, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Gareth Rowe, Ben Obong (Lee Matthews), Simon Yeo, Lee Evans (Steve Foster), David Nolan. Subs not used: Neil Critchley.
Accrington Stanley: Speare, Cavanagh, Hart, Burns, Smith, Flitcroft, Payne, Carden, James, Mullin, Robinson. Subs: Brennan, Williams and Howarth.
In a pulsating and exciting game, the Tigers eventually finished up with nothing after twice leading against big spending Accrington Stanley. The main difference ultimately between the teams was the quality of the strikers and the ability to convert half chances.
With a strong wind at their backs, Hyde had the best of the first half and had already hit the post twice before Simon Yeo headed home three minutes before half-time after good work by Matty Taylor and Ben Obong. With hindsight they needed to have at least converted one more of the many chances which came their way. The second half was a different story however after Stanley had received a massive rollicking at half-time which could be heard around the ground. In a matter of minutes, they too had hit the woodwork twice, and it was no surprise when Paul Mullin equalised on 66 minutes. Hyde immediately pulled off Lee Evans and sent on Steve Foster and within two minutes, Simon Yeo lashed home to put Hyde back in front.
The joy was short-lived, however, as substitute Gary Williams slotted home three minutes later. Williams made a dramatic impact on the right and the only surprise was why he spent the first half on the bench. Accrington then turned the screw in the last twenty minutes with former Hyde favourite Lutel James adding a third and Mullin completing the scoring four minutes from time. There was still time for Foster to hit a post - it was that sort of game - and you could argue Accrington had the luck when they needed it with two of their goals going in off the woodwork which was hit seven times in all! However on their second half display they are the best team to have visited Ewen Fields this season and won't be far away from the honours come May.