Saturday 26th August 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Ally Pickering, Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Brendan Aspinall (Gus Wilson), Peter Band, Martin McDonald, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, David Hanson, Jody Banim (Gavin Salmon). Subs not used: Karl Marginson. Sent off: Simon Yeo.
Blyth Spartans: Terry Burke, Patrick Little, Mark Dunkersley, Tony Skedd, Richard Forster, Justin Keegan, Steven Hutchinson, Brian Rowe, Ian Chandler, Glen Robson, Steven Steward. Subs: Andy Hay, Gareth Williams, Graham Hogg
Eight goals, two red cards and a 2nd successive win for The Tigers at Ewen Fields yesterday. Hyde took a tenth minute lead when Brendan Aspinall hooked in from a corner, this just minutes after Jody Banim had a shot blocked on the line. Blyth looked to get straight back at Hyde and a saving tackle from Mark Beeston prevented Glen Robson from equalising. It didn't take Blyth much longer though as an error from Paul Robertson let in Ian Chandler who squared for Robson to net on 24 minutes. Martin McDonald and David Hanson both went close for Hyde but it was Simon Yeo who pounced to put the Tigers back in front in the 39th minute after Robertson's shot had been blocked. Again Blyth came back with Steven Hutchinson forcing Graham Bennett to save and Steven Steward shooting wide. Two minutes before the break Simon Yeo rose to head in Robertson's corner to put the home team two goals clear at the break. Just 25 seconds after the restart, Banim played through Peter Band who calmly rolled the ball past Terry Burke to score Hyde's fourth. Graham Bennett came to Hyde's rescue when he pushed Ian Chandler's shot onto the post from close range but he was slow to react in the 57th minute when Robson beat him to a through ball and scored easily. David Hanson climbed to head his first goal for Hyde in the 64th minute when he met Yeo's cross to make it 5-2. The only sour note to the game arrived 3 minutes later when Yeo reacted badly to a tackle from behind and was sent off for lashing out, Blyth's Tony Skedd also joined him after a small scuffle. Peter Band wrapped things up in the 75th minute when he headed in Robertson's cross and was denied a hat-trick when Burke tipped his shot over the top five minutes later.