Saturday 2nd December 2000
F.A. Trophy 2nd Round
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Gus Wilson, Peter Band, Matty Taylor, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, David Hanson (Lee Wilkinson), Steve Tobin (Jody Banim). Subs not used: Steve Smith, Stuart Walker, Gavin Salmon.
Spalding United: Kevin Cross, Nigel Vince, Dave Herlock, Paul Langford, James Campbell, Ian Wilkins, Paul Goodhand, Chris Dear, Jason Sedlan, Craig Wilson, Dave Gilbert. Subs: John Creese, John-Paul Horton, Gary Suchapewycz, Nick Keeble, Neil Featherstone for Goodhand
Spalding made Hyde fight all the way to the end of this FA Trophy game with a well organised defence and a rigid offside trap. Early on Dave Hanson twice got beyond the visitors back line but fired over on both occasions. On 15 minutes Spalding's Dave Gilbert set Jason Sedlan away down the right and the forward crossed for Craig Wilson in the centre but John Foster got back to tidy things up for Hyde. A flowing move down the middle of the park involving Paul Robertson and Simon Yeo saw Hyde go close but Yeo blasted over. Wilson sped away down the left for Spalding before cutting inside and making Graham Bennett save at his near post. Hyde should have gone ahead on 45 minutes when Yeo raced clear but shot wide with Kevin Cross well out of his goal. 30 seconds after the restart a Mark Beeston cross was headed goalwards by Hyde's Peter Band but Cross saved well. Hyde dominated the next ten minutes with Steve Tobin going close with a curling shot, Hanson shooting wide after Tobin played him in and Matty Taylor hitting the crossbar with a cross that deceived everyone. Cross again saved well on 65 minutes after Yeo had turned on the edge of the penalty area and fired in a shot. Against the run of play on 72 minutes, Spalding almost took a surprise lead when Wilson battled down the right before striking the post with Hyde goalkeeper Bennett well beaten. The winning goal arrived on 78 minutes when Paul Robertson sent a free kick into the area at pace and Simon Yeo guided the ball into the bottom corner with a glancing header. Two minutes from the end Dave Hanson sent a shot goalwards but again Cross saved well to deny the striker. The home side had a last minute scare when Spalding full back Nigel Vince struck the crossbar from 35 yards with a scorching right foot drive.