Saturday 27th January 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hucknall Town: Not available
Hyde United: Kurt Edgington, John Foster, Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Phil Trainer, Matty Taylor, Neil Hall, Jody Banim, David Hanson, Anthony Charles. Subs not used: Steve Tobin, Peter Band, Carl Laurie.
After their dismal performance in midweek the Tigers roared back to record a thoroughly deserved victory at Watnall Road. On a pitch which looked like it had been ploughed (it was too wet to get a roller on), Hyde were in control from the start with some neat football as Hucknall seemed content to hit high hopeful balls for Dave Regis as well as using the very long throws of Lee Soar. The Tigers welcomed back Steve Rimmer in the centre of defence, but were still missing Simon Yeo up front with a hamstring strain.( He hopes to be back next Saturday).
Hyde should have taken the lead on 33 minutes when Phil Trainer squared from the by-line to Jody Banim who had the simple task of side-footing home. He missed by a yard! The Tigers continued to press and the impressive Trainer headed just over. Hyde took the lead on 40 minutes following a Paul Robertson corner which flicked off Jody Banim( so he said!) at the near post. The lead was short-lived however as right on half-time Beeston fouled the impressive Simon Martin on the edge of the box ( a harsh decision). The ball was squared to Simon Brown who lashed it in past a startled Kurt Edgington. Cruel luck for the Tigers.
Undeterred the Tigers continued to make all the running in the second-half and eventually took the lead on 71 minutes when Phil Trainer hammered home from the left into the far corner. The defence then held firm against a late onslaught to register a first league win since mid November and move a few places up the table.
Overall this was a superb performance from the Tigers against a team who had lost only one league game since September and would have expected to win. Rimmer had an outstanding game and was well supported by Beeston and John Foster, who had his best game for some time. The only blot on the day was a needless booking for Banim which leaves him one booking away from a one match ban. I have not mentioned the referee....let's say he will have better days!