Saturday 14th August 1999
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Gateshead: Swan, Watson, Lynch, Riatt, Kitchen, Hall, Proudlock, Bowey, Thompson, Fletcher, Trevor. Subs: Alderson, Pepper.
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Kojoe Taylor, George Switzer, Brendan Aspinall, Paul Taylor, Lloyd Richardson (Scott Brenchley), Tony Rodwell (Jody Banim), Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Peter Band, Chris Dolby (Mark Howard)
It was Gateshead who kicked off the new season at The International Stadium and the home side seemed to settle first. It was Hyde who had the first real attempt on goal though when Chris Dolby's free-kick was deflected past the post for a corner. Peter Band should have opened the scoring on 15 minutes after a cross from Rodwell he failed to make a good connection with a header. On 23 minutes Bowey shot from 12 yards for Gateshead but debutees Bennett and Aspinall managed to block and clear the effort between them. Bennett with a long clearance then set up Simon Yeo who caused havoc before firing over from the edge of the box. Gateshead took the lead on 43 minutes when Keith Fletcher latched onto a through ball and his shot looped over Bennett via Aspinall's foot and into the goal. Fletcher nearly scored again just after half time but Bennett closed down the angle before making a great block. On 51 minutes Simon Yeo spurned a good chance when his miscontrolled following good work by Switzer, Dolby and Rodwell. Gateshead scored their second on 55 minutes when Thompson squared the ball to Keith Fletcher who calmly slotted past the advancing Bennett. Hyde hit straight back on 59 minutes when Peter Band's cross was headed into the bottom corner by Simon Yeo. Graham Bennett kept Hyde in the game when Hall's powerful half volley tested the keeper to pull off a top class diving save at full stretch. Hyde equalised after 85 minutes following good skill by Banim and a Paul Taylor shot which richoched around the penalty area before Simon Yeo smashed it into the top corner of the goal. Hyde snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on 88 minutes when a cross was handled and Paul Taylor sent Adrian Swan the wrong way from the penalty spot.