Saturday 16th October 1999
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Kojoe Taylor, Matty Taylor, Brendan Aspinall (Scott Brenchley), Gus Wilson, Peter Band, Steve Tobin, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Rob Hulse, Stuart Walker (Willie Griffiths). Subs not used: Jody Banim.
Blyth Spartans: Burke, Attwell, Locker, Blower, Melrose, Evans, Di Lella, Pitt, Edgecumbe, Robson, Hogg. Subs: Stewart, Leighton, Burt.
Hyde started the game with a new player, Rob Hulse who has signed on loan from Crewe Alexandra. Simon Yeo had the first attempt of the game when he drilled a shot from the edge of the penalty area past the post. A long throw from Kojoe Taylor on 15 minutes was then flicked on by Hulse into path of Simon Yeo who lashed home on the volley. Blyth equalised on 17 minutes when Glen Robson shot home after some poor defending. The Tigers regained the advantage on 22 minutes after a cleared free kick was headed back in by Walker and Simon Yeo was there to grab his second of the game. Blyth almost levelled again when a free kick was swung in and headed towards the bottom corner but Graham Bennett leapt across his goal to produce a fine save. Steve Tobin played in Stewart Walker whose shot was saved well by Burke, his job was made more difficult as he was falling backwards at the time. A poor backpass was pounced upon by Simon Yeo on 44 minutes and the league's top goalscorer went round Burke to take his season's tally to 17. Kojoe Taylor needed Bennett to help him just after the break as his mistake gave Robson a clear run at goal, Bennett obliged his teammate as his blocked the strikers effort. Hyde got their fourth on 49 minutes when Scott Brenchley headed home Walker's free kick. The lead increased again on 69 minutes after some good work by Walker got Yeo away down the left, his centre was low and Rob Hulse scored a well deserved goal. To Blyth's credit they didn't fold and actually had the better of the last twenty minutes with Bennett making a couple more good saves before Glen Robson scored a second for Blyth on 77 minutes after the Hyde defence was well and truly beaten by the strikers run.