Saturday 23rd September 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Matty Taylor, Mark Beeston, Paul Taylor, Peter Band (Ged Murphy), Martin McDonald (Steve Tobin), Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, David Hanson (Gavin Salmon), Jody Banim
Bishop Auckland: Jones, Quinn, Foster, Haslam, Nelson, Hutt, Adams, Bayles, Brunskill, Mullanby, Smith. Subs: Shaw, Lee, Dunwell
Neil Hall somehow rescued a point for the home side in a game they fully deserved to lose. He popped up inside the penalty area in the 93rd minute to volley into the top corner sending Bishop Auckland back up the A1 wondering why they hadn't won. On 10 minutes Nathan Haslam's long through ball was taken on Danny Brunskill for Bishops, his shot was saved by Hyde goalkeeper Graham Bennett but Brunskill pounced on the follow up only to his second effort strike the foot of the post. Bishops Man of the Match Michael Nelson started off their next goal attempt with a burst into the Tigers half of the field, the ball was sprayed left to Jeff Smith who crossed but Nelson couldn't stretch far enough at the back post to finish the move. Hyde's only shot on target in the first half came from a set piece, Hall whipped in a corner and Paul Taylor sent a header towards goal but Bishops keeper Stephen Jones was more than equal to the task. The away side took the lead after 37 minutes when Thomas Quinn's long free-kick was defended poorly by Hyde allowing Danny Mullanby to get behind them and shot past Bennett into the corner. Hyde came back a minute later when Jody Banim's free-kick clipped the crossbar before going over. In first half stoppage time a free-kick taken by David Bayles was magnificently pushed around the post by Bennett as Bishops threatened to run away with the game. Simon Yeo could have levelled things for Hyde early in the second half but shot over from twelve yards when he should have done much better. Jeff Smith got away from the Hyde defence only to be thwarted by Bennett but the forawrd got a second chance and squared for George Adams who shot wide with the goal at his mercy. Steve Tobin and Mark Beeston both had chance for Hyde before Neil Hall intervened in the dying seconds to equalise for the Tigers.