Monday 25th September 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Matty Taylor, Mark Beeston, Paul Taylor, Steve Tobin, Martin McDonald, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Ged Murphy, Jody Banim. Subs not used: Stuart Walker, David Hanson, Gavin Salmon.
Colwyn Bay: R Roberts, O Roberts, Jones, Gelling, Fenton, Woods, Limbert, Cross, Gibbons, Evans, Lawton. Subs: Quinn, Lennon, Norman
The same result as Saturday but a very different performance from the Tigers. They showed the levels of passion necessary to win games and that was the main thing lacking in the Bishop Auckland game. Ged Murphy, making his full debut, set the game alight in the 2nd minute by crashing a 20 yard drive against the post after picking up a lay off from Neil Hall. Colwyn Bay took the lead in the 4th minute with a wonder goal. Jonathan Cross received the ball 35 yards out and hit a wonderful strike in off the crossbar with Graham Bennett looking on in amazement. In the 6th minute Jody Banim struck the crossbar for Hyde with a scorching shot. Graham Bennett saved well with his les from Gibbons after Evans had raced away down the left for Bay. Mark Beeston was unlucky with an overhead kick which Richie Roberts held easily and Matty Taylor's looping header fell just the wrong side of the post as Hyde created chances galore. Beeston headed over from a Hall corner, Foster and Banim combined well but Roberts saved from the striker and Steve Tobin tried his luck from 18 yards but Roberts dealt with his shot easily. The second half was all one way traffic as Bay settled back to defend their lead. Roberts produced a world class save to deny Neill Hall's header on the goaline after Foster had crossed. The Tigers equalised on 57 minutes when Simon Yeo chipped Roberts from the edge of the penalty area and now it seemed as though Hyde would go on to win the game. Beeston went close at the far post as he slid in on Hall's cross. Colwyn Bay's Anthony Fenton was sent offshortly after for picking up 2 yellow cards in 2 minutes. His first was a needless caution for dissent and while his temper was still frayed he caught Martin McDonald with a brutal challenge and knew straight away that he was taking the long walk. Straight from that free kick, Yeo laid the the ball toTobin who crashed the ball off the woodwork for the third time in a night. Roberts again produced heroics to stop from a Yeo flick on to Hall's cross and Paul Taylor was unlucky with a bicycle kick in the closing minutes.