Saturday 6th January 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Frickley Athletic: Andy Carney, Chris Hilton, Martin Fox, Dean Jones, Matthew Wilkinson, Rob Hanby, Graham Lewis, Steve Price, Leroy Chambers, Chris Hurst, Phil Brown. Subs: Gary Duffty, Gregory, Ian Edge
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Gus Wilson, Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Peter Band, Matty Taylor, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo (Steve Tobin), David Hanson (Micky Beirne), Anthony Charles. Subs not used: Carl Laurie.
The Tigers returned to the scene of their disappointing F.A. Cup defeat and gave a good account of themselves, at least for the first 42 minutes. The game was sloppy for the first five minutes but Simon Yeo should have done better when he fired over the top from twelve yards. Hyde had an escape on 20 minutes when Frickley's new signing from Altrincham, Leroy Chambers headed the ball into the path of Graham Lewis but his shot cleared the crossbar. Hyde went ahead on 32 minutes after Robertsons free-kick looked as though it was too close to the goalkeeper, Andy Carney. Dave Hanson bundled into the custodian forcing Carney to drop the ball at the feet of Peter Band who couldn't miss from 3 yards, a stroke of luck for Hyde as 90% of referees may have given a free-kick. Hyde's recent aquisition from Marine, Steve Rimmer did very well on his debut but it was his partner at the back Mark Beeston who gifted Frickley their equaliser on 43 minutes. He miskicked an attempted backpass and let in Graham Lewis who steered the ball past Graham Bennett from 18 yards. Just after the break Matty Taylor got away down the right for Hyde and had Simon Yeo free in the centre but chose to shoot and badly missed the target. Frickley started to make chances and Martin Fox's drive skimmed the top of the crossbar on its way over. Graham Bennett came to Hyde's rescue on 80 minutes when he saved a goalbound free-kick from Rob Hanby. In the dying minutes a cross from the right was headed over by Leroy Chambers and Hyde managed to hold on for a point. After his blunder against Stalybridge, I have to give Graham Bennett credit as his handling was spot on all afternoon