Friday 1st January 1999
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Stalybridge Celtic: Not available
Hyde United: Jonathan Scargill, Kojoe Taylor, Paul Richardson (Jason Hardy), Gus Wilson, Paul Taylor, Tony Rodwell, Steve Haw (Darren Washington), Neil Hall, Simon Yeo, Peter Band, Don Page (Chris Dolby) Sent off: Jonathan Scargill.
Hyde were the better side for most of the first half, Haw & Band both going close in a goalmouth scramble, Tony Rodwell flashed a half volley just past the post and then almost curled a corner kick in at the far post. Stalybridge went close following a corner when a shot on the volley went just over from 18 yards. Tony Sullivan slotted home for Celtic on 16 minutes after the Hyde defence failed to clear an attack. Brendan Burke burst down the right on 25 minutes and crossed for Tony Sullivan to again slot past Scargill. Gus Wilson fired in a shot that Statham spilled to Yeo, but the goalkeeper recovered well to save a second time. Hyde pulled one back on 33 minutes when Simon Yeo stretched out his leg to steer in Neil Hall's delightful chipped pass. Hyde keeper Jon Scargill was then booked as the linesman indicated he was outside his area when taking a goalkick. Paul Taylor had a header that just cleared the crossbar right on half time. Celtic started the second half brightly with Martin Filson heading over a Burke cross and then Burke firing over when he was unmarked. Peter Band almost leveled for the Tigers after Yeo had held the ball up for him, but his shot was just wide. Statham then saved well from Don Page at close range after another goalmouth scramble. Jon Scargill was then sensationaly sent off having repeated the booking in the first half, this led to an angry confrontation between Scargill, the linesman , the referee and other Hyde players resulting in a number of further bookings for the Hyde team. Paul Taylor then took over the green jersey and was soon tested but Burke's cross was headed over. Hyde pressure didn't break down a strong defence and Brendan Burke should have sealed the game late on but Taylor saved well at his feet.
Paul Taylor went in goal after Scargill's dismissal.