Saturday 13th January 2001
F.A. Trophy 3rd Round
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Anthony Charles (Paul Robertson), Mark Beeston, Gus Wilson, Phil Trainer, Matty Taylor, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Micky Beirne (David Hanson), Steve Tobin (Peter Band). Subs not used: Jody Banim, Carl Laurie.
Blyth Spartans: Terry Burke, Paddy Little, Andy Martin, Gary Innes, Richard Forster, Justin Keegan, Ian Dixon, Carl Pepper, Glen Robson, Craig Perry, Steven Stewart. Subs: Ian Chandler, Andy Hay, Gareth Williams, Mark Dunkersley, Gary Cottrill.
When Blyth visited Ewen Fields in August they left on the wrong end of a 6-2 defeat, yesterday they showed just how much both sides have changed since that day. Spartans Justin Keegan found himself in a great position to open the scoring in the 8th minute but screwed his shot past the post, as did Steven Stewart just a few moments later. On the half hour Glen Robson went close with a well timed volley but his effort was also off target. Following a corner Phil Trainer had the home sides first chance of the game but he shot over from 12 yards. Hyde had a real let off on 37 minutes when Ian Dixon's 20 yard drive was tipped over by goalkeeper Graham Bennett. After the break it was much of the same and when Dixon got through again he pulled his shot across goal and wide when he should have done much better. The first signs that Hyde might get into the game came around the 55th minute, a good move down the right involving John Foster and Steve Tobin before Simon Yeo shot over. On 60 minutes Craig Perry sped past Gus Wilson before sending a shot goalwards that Bennett managed to parry against the woodwork as Spartans looked for an opening goal. Twelve minutes later Blyth hit almost exactly the same spot on the goalposts after Perry cut the ball back for Robson to head goalwards. Ten minutes from time Andy Martin summed up Blyth's day when his shot flew through a crowded penalty area and wide when a touch from anyone would have won the game. Hyde finished the stronger of the two sides and a slip from Stewart allowed Matty Taylor to cross and David Hanson headed wide of the target. In the final minute Hanson squared the ball for Simon Yeo but Blyth goalkeeper Terry Burke saved well with his legs. At the final whistle Blyth took all the plaudits from their travelling fans whilst Hyde trudged off knowing they were lucky still to be in the competition.