Saturday 24th November 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Bishop Auckland: David Campbell, James Middleton, Anthony Lee, Carl Chillingsworth, Mark Salmon, Sam Kitchen, Stephen Bell, Stephen Salvin, Andrew Shaw, Danny Brunskill, Kevin Bromley. Subs: John Lydon, Brian Rowe, Martin Hall.
Hyde United: Richard Acton, Gareth Liddle, Matty Taylor, Neil Critchley, Paul Ashwell, Peter Band, Chris Young (John Foster), Lee Matthews (Gavin Salmon), Simon Yeo (Steve Foster), Martin Filson, David Nolan
The battling Tigers produced another gritty and determined performance to come away from Bishop Auckland with three points. They couldn't have got off to a better start as they took the lead in the third minute, David Nolan and Peter Band combined and the captains ball was perfect for transfer listed Simon Yeo to rifle past David Campbell in the Bishop's goal. The Durham side came straight back at Hyde and were unlucky on 11 mins when Stephen Bell drilled in a 20 yard shot that was well saved by Richard Acton at full stretch. Acton again saved well on 19 minutes, this time a cross from Andrew Shaw found Danny Brunskill at the far post but Acton got down well to parry his diving header round the post. Again the home side came at Hyde and looked to be on level terms on 28 minutes when a corner was headed goalwards by Sam Kitchen but Acton plucked the ball out of the top corner to deny the centre back. Hyde suffered a setback on 38 minutes as Simon Yeo chased a throughball, Bishops keeper Campbell beat him to the ball but caught the striker in the stomach with his knee and Yeo was stretchered off with suspected broken ribs. Just after the break Hyde had the perfect chance to extend their lead as they broke 3 on 2 against the Bishops back line but Peter Band failed to release the ball to Steve Foster or Lee Matthews who were both in good positions and the captain was tackled. On 57 minutes Hyde had to do some more defending, a corner was swung in from the right and then followed 40 seconds of pinball before the Tigers eventually cleared. Danny Brunskill then went close with two efforts for the home side, firstly sending a 20 yard shot just past the post and soon afterwards he shot straight at Acton from a good position. Amazingly Hyde went 2-0 ahead on 73 minutes, Chris Young played a short free kick to Neil Critchley who promptly gave it him straight back, Young then curled the ball from the angle of the penalty area on the left straight round Campbell's desparing dive and into the far top corner of the goal, a stunning finish. Seconds later only an amazing save from Acton kept the two goal cushion intact. On 77 minutes Andrew Shaw pulled the trigger on another shot and again Acton got down well to parry away from goal. It could have been three on 85 minutes as Hyde broke down the left with Critchley who pulled the ball back for Peter Band by Campbell made a good save at his near post. That was Campbell's last action of the game as he was caught by Gavin Salmon chasing down a backpass and he was strechered off amid scenes of chaos as the Bishops physio berated the referee and he was soon joined by their manager Tony Lee who demanded that Salmon was sent off. The referee was sensible though, there was no malice in the challange he was just trying to win the ball and was entitled to attempt to play it, and Salmon stayed on. In the 7th minute of injury time Anthony Lee fired in a free kick but Acton again made a save and Hyde kept there second consecutive clean sheet.