Saturday 18th March 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Paul Robertson, Gus Wilson, Chris McCready, Ally Pickering, Martin McDonald, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo (Peter Band), Jody Banim, Karl Marginson (Stuart Walker). Subs not used: Steve Tobin.
Gateshead: Swan, Watson, Lynch, Proudlock, Kitchen, Hall, Ainsley, Bowey, Preen, Thompson, Alderson. Subs: Scott, Tremble for Proudlock, McAlindon for Alderson.
A Neil Hall throughball sent Hyde's Jody Banim racing away early in this top of the table clash, Gateshead goalkeeper Adrian Swan half saving his effort with Tony Hall clearing up the loose ball. Hyde lost their leading goalscorer Simon Yeo on 16 minutes through injury and his replacement, Peter Band went close when he headed Pickering's cross just wide of the target. Gateshead's Steve Bowey then tested Hyde keeper Graham Bennett with a quickly taken free kick but he was more than equal to the test. Indeed it was from Bennett that the Tigers broke away down the right, Banim crossing for Peter Band to backheel home at the near post to put the home side ahead in the 34th minute. Paul Thompson then rose well to head a left wing cross goalbound but Bennett denied the striker with another good save. Moments before the interval Banim had an excellent opportunity when he rounded Swan but shot wide from a tight angle. David Kitchen went close for the visitors early in the second half, he fired over from eight yards following a deep corner to the back post. Band should have sealed a home win when he collected Richie Watson's backpass, went round the keeper but, like Banim before him shot wide. Goalmouth action was not easily forthcoming as defences were on top although both sides passed the ball around well, looking for openings. John Foster made a critical tackle in the Hyde penalty area as Thompson and Bowey looked to unhinge the Tigers rearguard and with five minutes remaining the Home side squandered another chance when Band headed over from Banim's right wing cross. Gateshead then made Hyde pay for their missed chances when in the final minute Thompson was on hand to turn in a right wing centre, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.