Tuesday 16th January 2001
F.A. Trophy 3rd Round (Replay)
Blyth Spartans: Burke, Little, Martin, Innes, Forster, Keegan, Dixon, Pepper, Robson, Perry, Stewart.
Hyde United: Alex Lawler, Matty Taylor, Paul Robertson, Gus Wilson, Brendan Aspinall, Peter Band, Phil Trainer, Steve Tobin, Simon Yeo (Jody Banim), David Hanson (Carl Laurie), Anthony Charles (Micky Beirne). Subs not used: Lloyd Richardson.
Blyth showed their intentions in the first 20 seconds of the game when Craig Perry fired over from close range. Steven Stewart had their next chance when he headed goalwards from a right wing cross but it was a comfortable save for Alex Lawler in the Hyde goal. An almost identical header from Ian Dixon was also kept out by Lawler on 20 minutes, just before Simon Yeo limped off with a hamstring injury. Blyth took the lead on 27 minutes, just as it seemed that Hyde were getting into the game. Carl Pepper's long range shot took a wicked deflection giving Lawler no chance as it flew into the opposite corner of the goal. Pepper tried his luck again a few minutes later but failed to hit the target from 20 yards. Craig Perry had an excellent chance to make it 2-0 but somehow shot wide with just Lawler to beat. Hyde's first noteworthy shot came on 36 minutes when Phil Trainer tried his luck from the edge of the area but shot well wide of Terry Burke's goal. On the stroke of half time Paul Robertson swung a free kick into the area and Anthony Charles was unlucky to see his header fly past the post and wide. On 50 minutes Steven Stewart hit a swerving shot from the edge of the area but Lawler got down well to deny the winger. Hyde could have scored on 56 minutes when Robertson's deep cross had Burke in all sorts of trouble but Peter Band couldn't quite connect with his head. On the hour Gary Innes made it 2-0 with a crisp shot from the edge of the area. Jody Banim pulled a goal back in injury time when he latched onto a poor backpass and rounded the goalkeeper but any Hyde comeback would have been rough justice for Blyth who deserved the chance to take on Maidenhead in the next round.