Tuesday 24th October 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Gainsborough Trinity: Steve Curry, Ally Pickering, Nicky Limber, Simon Drayton, Neil Allison, Ian Gore, John Reed, Steve Circuit, Paul Watts, Lee Ellington, Paul Titley. Subs: Chris Newton, Alex Allen, Brian Linighan
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Paul Robertson, Gus Wilson, Brendan Aspinall, Peter Band (Neil Hall), Matty Taylor, Steve Tobin, Simon Yeo, Lee Wilkinson, Gavin Salmon (Jody Banim). Subs not used: Steve Smith.
Not the best way to prepare for Saturday's F.A. Cup tie but nevertheless a vast improvement on the shambles that was Saturday gone. The Tigers were up against a Trinity side determined to make amends for their 7-1 drubbing at Stalybridge and as early as the 9th minute Simon Drayton skinned Paul Robertson and crossed but John Foster stole the ball from Paul Watts' feet. Hyde have two good chances early on, firstly Simon Yeo broke down the left and centred for Peter Band but the lanky midfielder couldn't manage to turn and shoot. Brendan Aspinall then went close with a fizzing header from Robertson's corner. Hyde went ahead in the 20th minute, Simon Yeo outpaced the home defence and calmly chipped the ball over Trinity 'keeper Steve Curry from 18 yards. The Tigers were lucky to stay ahead on 39 minutes when Ellington's shot took a deflection forcing Graham Bennett to save with his legs, the loose ball fell to John Reed who somehow missed completely with Bennett on the floor and the goal gaping. Steve Curry produced an excellent stop to deny Paul Robertson with a blistering free kick on 41 minutes. Trinity equalised on 43 minutes when Paul Watts turned the Hyde defence and shot over Bennett from 20 yards with a fine strike. Hyde settled as the better side for much of the second half with some neat passing but without much conviction but Gainsborough went ahead on 73 minutes when Newton's through ball led to Paul Watts outpacing Gus Wilson and rolling the ball past Bennett. Hyde had the ball in the net on 80 minutes when Wilkinson connected with a Banim cross but his "Maradonaesque" effort was correctly ruled out.
Substitute Jody Banim went close with a quickly taken free kick but in the final minute it was Watts who almost sealed his hat-trick when he turned Wilson before shooting just over.