Thursday 3rd May 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Richard Acton, John Foster, Mark Beeston, Steve Rimmer, Paul Taylor, Peter Band, Matty Taylor, Neil Critchley, Colin Hall (Lloyd Richardson), John Grant, Gavin Salmon. Subs not used: Paul Robertson, Graham Bennett.
Lancaster City: Mark Thornley, Phil Brown, Jimmy Graham, Paul Haddow, Paul Rigby, Tom Nicholls, Dean Martin, Stewart Clitheroe, Jimmy Love, Mark Cheal, Colin Potts. Subs: Craig Bamber, Gary McConnell, Cyril Sharrock
The final home game of the season, another poor game in front of another sparse crowd. Hyde had a chance on five minutes when a Neil Critchley free kick was met by John Grant but the strikers header went over when he should have done much better. On 29 minutes a Matty Taylor cross found Colin Hall in the area but Lancaster goalkeeper Mark Thornley got out well to block his effort. Lancaster's only real effort of the half arrived when Jimmy Love met a right wing cross but Richard Acton managed to tip over. The second half saw Gavin Salmon strike the crossbar with a cross and Matty Taylor force Thornley into another save. Hyde took the lead on 86 minutes when Peter Band's cross was headed across goal by Gavin Salmon but the ball struck unfortunate Lancaster defender Tom Nicholls and rolled past the stranded Mark Thornley and over the line. Thornley made an excellent save a minute later to deny John Grant but just to prove that we can't keep a clean sheet, Phil Brown equalised in the final minute with a great header. A big thank you to Mark Thornley in the Lancaster goal for keeping our fans entertained when the game faded (most of it!!)