Saturday 17th March 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Emley: Paul Cuss, Steve Nicholson, Simon Jones, Andy Wilson, Gary Hatto, Paul David, Darren Day, Miles Thorpe, Robert Tonks, Wael Nazha, Nicky Wood. Subs: Simeon Bambrook, Mark Wilson, Rory Prendergast
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Ian Hutchinson (Carl Laurie), Paul Robertson, Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Peter Band, Matty Taylor, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, John Grant (Colin Hall), Neil Critchley (Lloyd Richardson)
This defeat against the league leaders made it five in a row for Hyde, the longest losing sequence in Mike McKenzie's reign of nearly seven years. Results are what count but this game was so different from the other four games. Hyde had long spells on top and but for a couple of questionable decisions from the officials it could have been a different story. New boy John Grant combined with Matty Taylor on 12 minutes before shooting at the legs of Emley goalkeeper Paul Cuss. Minutes later Emley's Simon Jones crossed from the left but Wael Nazha couldn't beat Graham Bennett with a weak shot. On 29 minutes a Paul Robertson cross was headed goalwards by Simon Yeo but Cuss got down to deny the striker. The home side were awarded a dubious penalty on 29 minutes when Nazha turned Rimmer on the edge of the box before collapsing in a heap, there were two questions to be answered, firstly was it a foul or was the forward making a meal out of it? and secondly did the offence take place inside or outside the penalty area?. Neil Critchley, Neil Hall & Ian Hutchinson were all booked for protesting before eventually, on 30 minutes, Gary Hatto stroked home the penalty. Five minutes into first half stoppage time, Hyde's three game barren scoring run came to an end from an unlikely source. Simon Yeo made a great run down the left before crossing into the centre where Matty Taylor scored with a looping header. Eight minutes after the break Emley went close when Darren Day found himself one on one with Bennett but the keeper came out on top and Hyde counter attacked where Matty Taylor got through but Cuss partly blocked his shot, diverting it onto the post. On the hour Simeon Bambrook, on for Nazha cut inside from the right before unleashing a powerful shot which flashed past the post and wide. Two minutes later Emley had good cause for another penalty when Beeston scythed down Day in the area but the referee waved play on despite it being more worthy than the earlier one he gave. On 67 minutes a mistake from Rimmer let Day run through again, Graham Bennett coming to the rescue not for the first time in the afternoon. The home side went ahead on 76 minutes, Hyde were on the attack when Miles Thorpe blocked a cross possibly with a hand and then broke forward playing a lovely ball to put in Simeon Bambrook who made no mistake with an angled drive from the edge of the box. Three minutes from time Emley wrapped it up when Mark Wilson crossed for Darren Day who finished with a side footed volley from close range. Hyde played well and were unfortunate not to take anything from the game, signs of a promising future....???