Saturday 10th March 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Ian Hutchinson (Carl Laurie), Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Peter Band, Matty Taylor, Steve Tobin, Simon Yeo, Jody Banim (Colin Hall), Neil Critchley. Subs not used: Micky Beirne.
Gainsborough Trinity: Martin, Brown, Limber, Allison, Limighan, Gore, Reed, Circuit, Watts, Drayton, Bassinder. Subs: Ellington, Newton, Allen.
Hyde welcomed back Neil Critchley on loan from Crewe and two new signings ex Bury and Northwich, Ian Hutchinson, and ex Oldham forward, Colin Hall. Three new faces, but unfortunately the same outcome.
Gainsborough returned to Lincolnshire with the three points after a solitary goal separated the sides at a rain swept Ewen Fields although in truth a draw would have been a fairer result. It was Hyde who started the brighter with Matty Taylor making great probing runs in behind the Trinity defence and Steve Rimmer heading wide a Steve Tobin corner, when he should have done better. The Gainsborough goal was under constant threat in the first period and only great work by Neil Allison stopped Hyde going ahead by clearing off the line direct from a Paul Robertson corner. In fact it was again Robertson who caused chaos in the penalty area with a free kick that Kevin Martin did brilliantly to push past the post after John Reed almost put into his own net.
Excellent defensive work by Allison stopped Hyde taking the lead just afterthe break with a last ditch tackle on Peter Band as the midfielder looked certain to score. Hyde's best opportunity came in the 55th minute when Mark Beeston nodded back a Robertson cross and Rimmer blasted the ball against the cross bar with Martin well beaten. With the game entering the final half hour, Gainborough started to find their rhythm. Reed caused Hyde all sorts of problems and with the new players finding the surface energy sapping, it was no surprise that after concerted pressure Trinity took the lead on 79minutes. A defensive slip allowed Gavin Bassinder in to coolly slot the ballpast the hapless Graham Bennett who had been mostly a spectator up until this point. To their credit the Tigers continued to press, and almost snatched an equaliser in the 86th minute, when Simon Yeo stripped the defense and hit ashot that Martin somehow managed to parry to safety. Bassinder should have made the scoreline look healthier in the final minute when he shot wide with only Bennett to beat.
If the tigers can take anything from this game, it was the fact the Gainsborough are ninth in the table, and looked no better than we did. Lady luck just does not smile on those in trouble - just ask Manchester City.