Saturday 12th February 2000
Northern Premier League Chairman's Cup Semi-Final
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Darren McConnell, Gus Wilson, Brendan Aspinall, Peter Band, Lloyd Richardson, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Jody Banim, Stuart Walker (Willie Griffiths). Subs not used: Scott Brenchley, Kurt Edgington.
Leek Town: Statham, Hawtin, Mountford, Whittaker, Diskin, Beeby, Hobby, Leicester, Sutton, Kiely, Callan. Subs: Wade, Dodd, Myatt.
Leek stormed into a tenth minute lead at a windswept Ewen Fields when the league's top scorer Paul Kiely calmly placed a 20 yard free kick over the wall and into the top corner leaving Graham Bennett rooted to the spot. Hyde equalised on 16 minutes when Simon Yeo latched onto Richardson's pass, knocked the ball past the onrushing Mark Statham and then drilled the ball home from a tight angle on the right. Leek went close from another free kick, crossed from the left Dave Sutton stooped to head but saw his effort go just wide of the post. The first half of the game was a bad tempered affair and their were four bookings before the break. Hyde went close with a free-kick of their own shortly after the restart, Banim passed to Yeo and then it was knocked on to Walker who managed to dribble through crowded penalty area but saw his shot go past the post. Hyde took the lead on 56 minutes, John Foster went on a long run and lost the ball but stayed committed and helped to win it back, the ball was then launched in from the left and Mark Statham dropped the ball under challenge from Yeo, Peter Band simply tapped the ball over the line and into the empty net. The lead lasted just two minutes though as from a free kick on the right the ball was crossed to the back post, headed back across goal, Bennett came to take the cross, missed it completely and Paul Kiely said thank you very much to level again. The Tigers notched the winner on 67 minutes when Walker's free kick curled in from the touchline was headed clear, Jody Banim lashed a left foot volley into the top corner leaving Statham helpless. Leek tried desperately to grab an equaliser and Kiely went close again with a header just over the top but Hyde stood firm to reach the Unifilla Cup Final.