Wednesday 28th March 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Runcorn: Not available
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Carl Laurie, Paul Robertson (Ian Hutchinson), Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Peter Band, Matty Taylor, Colin Hall (Neil Hall), Simon Yeo (Gavin Salmon), John Grant, Neil Critchley
Hyde brought back John Grant and Paul Robertson, whilst Neil Hall could only make the sub's bench for this encounter at the soon to be vacated Canal Street. It is somewhat ironic that the pitch was in much better condition than previous years' and contained a lot more grass than we have seen recently on our travels.
The Tigers started sluggishly which was probably to be expected after the exertions of last Sunday's tremendous performance. However approaching half-time a free-flowing move ended with Peter Band side-footing just wide when he should perhaps have scored and right on the whistle Grant rattled the crossbar.
Colin Hall and Robertson picked up injuries in the first half and were replaced by Neil Hall and Ian Hutchinson after the break. Hopefully both will be fit for Friday.
Hyde took the lead on 50 minutes when John Grant headed in an excellent cross from Hutchinson. The Tigers should have had a second when Grant was put through. He rounded the 'keeper and from an acute angle he squared the ball to a completely free Simon Yeo who had the simple task of side-footing home from 5 yards. His shot hit the tea-bar! Simon will bounce back. Let's hope its Friday.
Runcorn put the Tigers under severe pressure in the last quarter and Paul McNally side-footed home after Graham Bennett had failed to hold a cross-shot. The last ten minutes was like the Alamo but the defence stood firm and earned the tired Tigers a point, which should really have been three.
Men of the match for Hyde were Matthew Taylor ( who started on the right side of midfield and finished at left back) and Steve Rimmer who also had a tremendous game at the back.