Saturday 21st August 1999
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Gainsborough Trinity: Curry, James, Curtis, Charles, Circuit, Lacey, Price, Norbury, Saville, Fothergill, Bennett. Subs: Limber, Hanby, Dobbin.
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Kojoe Taylor, George Switzer, Brendan Aspinall, Paul Taylor, Lloyd Richardson, Tony Rodwell (Scott Brenchley), Neil Hall, Simon Yeo (Jody Banim), Peter Band, Chris Dolby (Gus Wilson) Sent off: Paul Taylor.
The Tigers allowed Gainsborough to dictate play early on but a series of long balls were well defended by the Hyde back line. Simon Yeo went close when he brought down a cross from Neil Hall, turned in the box and fired just wide. Graham Bennett then pulled of a string of good saves, first he tipped over a stinging shot from Fothergill, then a brave stop at the feet of Saville after he palmed away a free-kick and then a great diving stop from a Saville volley. Hyde broke away to take the lead on 41 minutes when Simon Yeo chased through a long ball and struck past Curry in the Trinity goal. Just before the interval Paul Taylor was floored by a punch but none of the officials saw the incident and no action was taken. Early in the second half, Bennett again did well to hold a freekick from his namesake Troy Bennett and then on 56 minutes Paul Taylor was sent off for using an elbow. Gus Wilson replaced Chris Dolby who was unfortunate to be sacrificed as Mike McKenzie tried to shore up his back four. On 65 minutes George Switzer was adjudged to have fouled and Troy Bennett stroked home the resulting penalty. Peter Band then went close with a looping header after Rodwell's cross. Hyde had two further scares when Bennett just managed to tip a header onto the crossbar and following a poor backpass, Kojoe Taylor made a great saving tackle when a Trinity forward was one on one with the Hyde goalie. The last chance of the game was down to an individual effort by Jody Banim who beat two defenders inside the penalty area before firing straight at Curry.