Wednesday 22nd November 2000
Northern Premier League Challenge Cup Group Stage
Altrincham: Not available
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Steve Smith (Gus Wilson), Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Paul Taylor, Peter Band, Matty Taylor, Carl Laurie, Simon Yeo, David Hanson (Jody Banim), Lloyd Richardson (Stuart Walker)
A last minute equaliser prevented Hyde from taking what would have been a deserved victory from Moss Lane tonight. Early on it was the home teams fluent passing which caught the eye although they had no goal attempts toshow for their play. Hanson & Robertson combined for Hyde and Robertson got into a good position but snatched at the shot under pressure and Coburn saved easily. Alty's Leroy Chambers got away from Paul Taylor and shot from the edge of the box but Graham Bennett got down well to save. Ex-Tiger Jason Gallagher swung in a cross from the right but Chambers header was off target as the striker stretched for the ball. Matty Taylor then had three efforts inside five minutes, his first was a curling shot just over the top from 18 yards, the second was from the same distance but this time a low drive which Coburn couldn't hold but no-one in a yellow shirt was following up and his third effort was from 12 yards which Gallagher managed to deflect onto the post and behind for a corner. From the resulting Robertson corner, Simon Yeo rose unmarked at the near post but headed wide of the target. Hyde went ahead on 44 minutes, a cross from the right wasn't dealt with by the Altrincham defence and Lloyd Richardson slotted home from close range. Just 60 seconds into the second half it could have been all over, Matty Taylor fired in a shot which Coburn saved one-handed, Peter Band should have netted the rebound but put the ball wide under pressure from a defender. Hyde kept on playing good football and had further chances to extend their lead until disaster struck two minutes into stoppage time, the ball was swung in from the rightand James Glendenning calmly slotted the equaliser from six yards.