Monday 30th August 1999
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Kojoe Taylor, George Switzer, Brendan Aspinall, Paul Taylor, Lloyd Richardson, Mark Howard, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo (Jody Banim), Prince Moncrieffe, Scott Brenchley. Subs not used: Gus Wilson, Darren McConnell.
Droylsden: Kinsella, Harold, Lattie, Stannard, Clowes, Holmes, Jones, Whalley, Cooper, Wright, Hennigan. Subs: Evans, Clegg, Cunningham.
The first Tameside "derby" of the season was probably not as fiery as most people expected. The first shot came on four minutes when Neil Hall hit a rising shot from the edge of the box, I say rising as it cleared the stand!! Hyde took the lead on 12 minutes when a strong Brenchley tackle won the ball in the centre of the pitch, the big man then played a great pass for Simon Yeo to slide the ball past Kinsella in The Bloods goal and take his season's total to six. A couple of long range shots was all that Droylsden could muster, first a 25 yard shot wide of the left hand post and then a shot from a similar distance which was easy for Bennett to deal with. At the other end Paul Taylor outjumped the goalkeeper at a corner kick but his header clipped the post, Droylsden didn't clear well and the ball fell to Yeo who forced a great save from Kinsella. This was to be Yeo's last contribution as he limped off injured. His replacement Jody Banim wasn't going to let anyone down as he stole away from the Bloods back line and rifled a 25 yarder into the top left hand corner of the goal on 35 minutes, his first goal for Hyde. The start of the second half saw Droylsden pile on the pressure, a low cross from the left caused problems at the back but Paul Taylor managed to clear. A free-kick on the touchline was lofted in and Clowes got his header on target but Bennett leapt across to save. A breakaway gave Prince Moncrieffe a great chance to seal the win but Kinsella produced a fine diving save to stop his angled shot. Droylsden then introduced Nigel Evans who I must just mention. Nigel joined Hyde from Droylsden a few seasons ago and the pacey striker broke his leg badly whilst taking part in a pre-season game for the club. This is his first season back in the semi-pro game after a long, hard battle for fitness and on behalf of the club, I'd like to say that its good to see him playing again when it was doubtful at one stage. Well done Nigel. It was Evans' cross that Stannard headed just wide in one of The Bloods better attacks. Hyde could now taste victory and Banim was unlucky to see his shot bounce off both posts and out to safety. Hyde held on through the final stages to take 3 points and go to the top of the table.