Wednesday 3rd May 2000
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Graham Bennett, John Foster, Paul Robertson, Gus Wilson, Paul Taylor, Peter Band, Lloyd Richardson (Gavin Salmon), Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Steve Tobin (Matty Taylor), Ally Pickering. Subs not used: Karl Marginson. Sent off: John Foster.
Bamber Bridge: Dootson, Aspinall, McHugh, Woodward, Baldwin, Noblett, Melling, Bryson, Trundle, Whittaker, Turner. Subs: Burton, Maddock, Williams.
The Tigers secured second place in the Unibond league for the 3rd time by beating Bamber Bridge at Ewen Fields. Simon Yeo had the first chance of the game, outpacing the 'Bridge defence before chipping Dootson but the ball cleared the crossbar. Bamber went close with a swerving free kick which Bennett had a good look at before it flashed wide of the post. John Foster then sent in a piledriver of a shot which went just over the top with Dootson struggling to reach it. Hyde took the lead on 35 minutes when Simon Yeo latched onto McHugh's poor header and coolly placed the ball over Dootson. Paul Taylor should have scored when he headed wide with no-one marking him at a corner kick. Ally Pickering's delightful cross on 39 minutes was met by Lloyd Richardson who headed past Dootson and into the corner. Lee Trundle had a go for Bamber but shot wide after some nifty play in the penalty area. Hyde finished the game as a contest before the hour was up, Dootson saved with his legs from Yeo after Richardson had put the striker through and then the keeper made a great diving save to deny Foster's shot going into the top corner. From the resulting corner though Lloyd Richardson headed home at the far post to put the Tigers three up in the 57th minute. Although the game was now all but over, the remaining thirty minutes were not without incident, firstly Graham Bennett leapt to his right to save a penalty and shortly after John Foster was sent off after reacting to a bad challenge by Whittaker. Bamber scored a consolation on 85 minutes when Bennett messed up a back pass and ANDY WHITTAKER rolled the ball into the empty net.