Tuesday 26th March 2002
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Altrincham: Coburn, Ryan, Shuttleworth, Maddox, Sertori, Hawes, Hulme, Craney, Poland, Swannick, Tunnicliffe. Subs: Whiteman, Strange, Mairs
Hyde United: Richard Acton, Neil Critchley, Matty Taylor, Dominic Crookes, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young, Steve Foster, Simon Yeo (Ben Obong), Dale Hawtin, Lee Evans. Subs not used: David Nolan, Tom Brookes.
The Tigers fought back from a goal down to deservedly beat Altrincham at Moss Lane. Hyde recalled Neil Critchley and Peter Band but were without Martin Filson who had a groin strain. David Nolan, not yet fully fit, was on the bench. Altrincham had their own injury crisis with twelve players allegedly unfit and it suddenly got worse as on loan winger from Manchester City, Andrew Tunnicliffe, limped off after just seven minutes.
The game was off to a lively start with Stuart Coburn making an excellent save after 13 minutes. From the resultant corner, Steve Foster hit the bar. Minutes later Simon Yeo had a firm header brilliantly saved. Altrincham then broke away and Steve Hawes was left unmarked to head the Robins in front against the run of play. Hyde fought back strongly and five minutes before the break, the versatile Lee Evans found himself in acres of space and coolly rounded Coburn to equalize.
The second half belonged to Hyde. Driven on by Peter Band from midfield, the Tigers created numerous chances but found Coburn in great form. He was commanding in all aspects of his game and used the ball well. With just twelve minutes left Yeo flicked on for Steve Foster to hammer home and send the significant Hyde contingent in the crowd into raptures. A few heart-stopping moments in the last few minutes, but the Tigers held firm to register their second victory in a week and move out of the bottom two.
Overall this was an excellent battling performance from the Tigers. Richard Acton has found new confidence in goal, the defence did everything asked of them whilst Band and Chris Young controlled the midfield. Yeo, Foster and Evans were always a handful up-front and with more performances like this, relegation will be a thing of the past. A mention too for the referee, Mr Rawcliffe, who was on top of his game throughout. We have not said that many times this season