Saturday 22nd April 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, Ally Pickering (Steve Tobin), Paul Robertson, Gus Wilson, Paul Taylor, Peter Band, Lloyd Richardson, Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Gavin Salmon (Jody Banim), Matty Taylor (John Foster)
Hucknall Town: McCarthy, Hayman, Taylor, Begley, Soar, Brown, Cooke, Orton, Tomlinson, Martin, Roberts. Subs: Regis for Orton, White for Roberts, Whetton.
A last minute winner for the second Saturday in a row secured a victory for Hyde in one of the best games at Ewen Fields this season. Hucknall pushed forward in the early moments and although their passing was good they never threatened Graham Bennett's goal. The Tigers took the lead in the 18th minute when following a long ball forward Town goalkeeper Dave McCarthy let the ball slip from his grasp and Lloyd Richardson tapped home the loose ball. Hucknall came straight back and from Richard Taylor's cross, Paul Tomlinson forced Bennett to tip the ball over the top. A mistake by Ally Pickering gave Tomlinson his next chance and this time he made no mistake shooting low into the bottom right of the goal on twenty minutes. Pickering made up for his mistake a minute later by supplying the ball which Lloyd Richardson headed over McCarthy to restore the home sides advantage. To complete a frenetic four minutes Tomlinson broke down the right for Hucknall and fired in a shot off the post to level the match again. In the 27th minute Hucknall took the lead after more bad defending let in Simon Martin to slot past Bennett from close range. Dave Regis then went close for the visitors when his 18 yard shot flashed past the post. On the stroke of half-time Hyde forced their way back into the game, strong play fromPeter Band in the penalty area allowed Lloyd Richardson to grab his hat-trick from close range and send the teams in level at the break. Hyde cut out the mistakes in the second half limiting Hucknall to only one serious attempt from Martin which Bennett pushed round the post for a corner. Simon Yeo went close for Hyde with a glancing header from Pickering's cross and Band was unlucky to see his shot drift wide of the post after Yeo had played him in. Neil Hall set Robertson away down the left but his cross was just inches too far infront of the onrushing Peter Band. In the final minute of the game a cross from Jody Banim was headed goalwards by Band but the ball struck the crossbar and Lloyd Richardson scored his fourth of the game giving the Tigers a victory, this after scoring just 3 in his previous 64 games for the club.