Tuesday 27th February 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Bamber Bridge: Billy Stewart, Andy Farley, Lee Pryers, Phil Robinson, Simon Woodward, Brad Pates, Simon Carey, Servet Tasdemir, Nigel Greenwood, Simon Burton, Paul Crompton. Subs: Dave McCann, Paul Lin, Phil Cain.
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Matty Taylor, Paul Robertson (Carl Laurie), Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Peter Band (Micky Beirne), Phil Trainer, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Jody Banim (Steve Tobin), Anthony Charles
Hyde fell to their first league defeat at Irongate despite dominating the second period as well as parts of the first. It wasn't a good start for the Tigers when, on 6 minutes, Graham Bennett's rush from the goal led to Nigel Greenwood rounding him but Steve Rimmer got back to put the ball out for a corner. The first led to a second and from this Bennett's poor punch was scrambled home from close range in the 7th minute, I don't know the scorerat this time. On 13 minutes Hyde were unlucky, a Phil Trainer cross was met at the far post by the head of Peter Band who saw his effort come back off the post. On 20 minutes it was 2-0, a cross from the left was flapped at by Bennett and Nigel Greenwood was able to steer the ball home at the back post. A minute later Simon Yeo hit the post from the edge of the penalty area with Bridge 'keeper Billy Stewart well beaten, it just wasn't going for Hyde. On the half hour the visitors pulled one back when a Paul Robertson free kick was met with a crisp Simon Yeo header that rocketed into the bottom corner. Just to prove Hyde's luck was out in the 38th minute, Simon Yeo was played in but Stewart came out quickly only to kick the ball against his own defender but luckily for the ex Southport & Hednesford keeper the ball rolled inches wide of the post for a corner. On the stroke of half time Stewart made a great save when a Banim cross was knocked down by Matty Taylor and Phil Trainer made the goalkeeper save well with his legs. The second half saw Stewart made two more impressive saves from Jody Banim and from Paul Robertson as Bamber Bridge held on for an undeserved win.