Saturday 9th September 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Barrow: Heritage, Rogers, Maxfield, Warren, Waller, Hume, Housham, Ellison, Peverell, Bullimore, Anthony. Subs: Peel, Whittle, Doherty
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Paul Robertson (Gus Wilson), Mark Beeston, Brendan Aspinall, Peter Band, Martin McDonald, Neil Hall, Gavin Salmon (Stuart Walker), David Hanson (Steve Tobin), Jody Banim
Barrow thought they had gone ahead on seven minutes but Housham was adjudged to be offside when he tapped home from close range. If the Tigers had a let off they were bigger culprits themselves just moments later when Banim swung and missed the ball with just goalkeeper Heritage to beat after Salmon had put him through. An even bigger escape for Barrow on twelve minutes when Robertson surged into the penalty area and crossed for David Hanson who from two yards, with the goalkeeper grounded, managed to somehow put the ball wide. Graham Bennett made a good save from a Peverell header as the game settled into an enjoyable spectacle with two teams that wanted to play a passing game. Bennett again saved from Peverell as the prolific striker improvised a shot from 30 yards. Barrow went ahead in the 38th minute, Peverell stroked home a penalty after Aspinall had held the striker inside the area. Injury time in the first half saw Heritage save from Banim and Gavin Salmon shoot wide after Band had got him into a good position. Hyde had about 70% of the possession in the second half but could find no way through Barrow's well organised defence. Peter Band went close with a 20 yard shot and Foster made Heritage save from the edge of the box. Further long range efforts were all Hyde could test Barrow with but each time the ball was either wide or blocked and the Cumbrians took the three points.