Saturday 24th February 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Lancaster City: Mark Thornley, Paul Sparrow, Paul Haddow, Lee Clitheroe, Paul Rigby, Kenny Mayers, Dean Martin, Brian Butler, Chris Ward, Brian Welch, Colin Potts. Subs: Phil Brown, Ian Dickinson, Jimmy Love.
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Matty Taylor, Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Peter Band, Phil Trainer, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Jody Banim (Steve Tobin), Anthony Charles. Subs not used: Micky Beirne, Carl Laurie.
Both sides combined to make a very uninteresting first half although Lancaster were the side who shaded it. Their first chance came on five minutes when Brian Butler's exquisite chip drifted past the far post with recalled Hyde goalkeeper Graham Bennett beaten. On 15 minutes the home side had an even better opportunity when Colin Potts played in Chris Ward who promptly took on Beeston before amazing shooting wide with the goal at his mercy. The only other talking point from the first half was whether Ward was offside when he shot home from close range, the referee thought he was and it was goalless at the break. Hyde had a chance two minutes after the break, a Peter Band header set away Simon Yeo but Mark Thornley came out of his goals well to snuff out the chance. Lancaster went ahead on 52 minutes, a free kick on the right was pumped into the box by Potts and was headed back across goal for Brian Welch to prod home from close range. On 63 minutes Hyde equalised, a Phil Trainer shot from the edge of the area looked harmless enough as it went towards Mark Thornley but then took a strangebounce and struck the goalkeeper in the face and came back out where Simon Yeo took two attempts but forced the ball home. Thornley stayed down dazed but eventually stayed on. Four minutes later he paid the price for his bravery when he failed to react to a throughball and Simon Yeo slotted home his second with ease. It could have been level again on 76 minutes when Welch's chip across goal was met by the head of Kenny Mayers but Graham Bennett produced an excellent save to deny the former Bamber Bridge and Morecambe man, just moments later Butler unleashed a cross/shot from 25 yards and saw his effort cannon off the crossbar. Hyde put the game beyond doubt on 86minutes, Steve Tobin came forward and played the ball right to Peter Band who got to the byline and crossed for Simon Yeo who rose above Thornley at the near post to complete his hat-trick. Two minutes later Simon Yeo got away and squared for Steve Tobin who easily slotted home from the edge of the penalty area to complete the rout. A much better defensive display by Hyde although in my opinion not as good a performance as Barrow or Accrington!!! Strange game this football!!