Saturday 2nd September 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston (Gus Wilson), Brendan Aspinall, Peter Band, Lloyd Richardson (Stuart Walker), Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, David Hanson, Jody Banim (Gavin Salmon)
Hucknall Town: Dave McCarthy, Lee Soar, Richard Taylor, Wayne Fairclough, Mark Place, Jon Flint, Darrel Rankin, Russell Cooke, Paul Tomlinson, Andy Morris, Dale Wright. Subs: Simon Martin, Rob Orton, Russell Best.
The Tigers ended Hucknall's unbeaten start to the season with an emphatic win at Ewen Fields. Hyde took the lead in the 5th minute, David Hanson winning the ball in the middle and setting Neil Hall away down the left, his cross was converted at the far post by Simon Yeo. Just forty seconds later Paul Tomlinson was pulled down inside the area by Mark Beeston and Richard Taylor converted the spot kick to level things up. Hucknall's Russell Cooke was unlucky in the 15th minute when he turned and shot wide of the post after some slack defending from Hyde. Paul Robertson was unlucky to see his shot deflected wide by Town's Mark Place before Hanson should have scored from Robertson's corner. Yeo was then twice unlucky after combining with strike partner Hanson, firstly Dave McCarthy made a good save to deny him and then he blasted over from six yards after Hanson had done the hard work. Simon Yeo wasn't to be denied on 41 minutes when he beat McCarthy to a Lloyd Richardson through ball and then rolled the ball into an empty goal after his collision with the keeper left McCarthy needing treatment. Hyde continued to dominate after the break and it was no surprise when David Hanson rose to head in Hall's free kick on 52 minutes. Dave McCarthy went on to make two excellent saves from Hanson but could only pull down Jody Banim on 63 minutes and let Simon Yeo complete his hat-trick by converting the penalty. Paul Tomlinson should have brought Hucknall back into it but shot wide after pouncing on Brendan Aspinall's mistake. Hanson rattled the crossbar from John Foster's cross before in the 85th minute McCarthy, who kept the score in single figures saved from Foster only to see Simon Yeo net the rebound to score his fourth of the game and ninth league goal in five games so far