Monday 30th April 2001
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Richard Acton, John Foster, Paul Robertson, Steve Rimmer, Paul Taylor, Colin Hall (Neil Critchley), Matty Taylor, Neil Hall, Martin McDonald, John Grant, Gavin Salmon. Subs not used: Lloyd Richardson, Mark Beeston.
Burscough: Paul Blasbery, Neil Hanson, Chris Stanton, Steve Leahy, Ged Nolan, Andy McMullen, Andy Howard, Marvin Molyneux, Lee McEvilly, John Lawless, Tommy Molloy. Subs: Paul Thorpe, Michael Clandon, Dave Dugdale
Hyde stumbled to their first point in five games in a boring game against a Burscough side below them in the table. It started off so well and Linnets keeper Paul
Blasbery saved well at the feet of John Grant after the striker reacted to a through ball but his touch let him down. He made up for that on 8 minutes though when he pounced on a defensive mistake before easily slotting past the stranded Blasbery. Burscough hit back and were unlucky when Andy Howard saw his shot from the edge of the area trickle past the post. Hyde should have gone two up when a Neil Hall pass into the area was controlled by Gavin Salmon who turned and forced Blasbery to make a good save low down. A Neil Hall freekick was met by Grant shortly after but the ball came back off the post as Hyde's luck seemed to be out. It certainly was in injury time when a defensive blunder let in John Lawless who skipped round Richard Acton before passing the ball into the empty net, Steve Rimmer being the guilty defender. The second half didn't do much to lift the 262 hardy souls in attendance but both teams had one good chance each, Hyde's arrived when Matty Taylor found Gavin Salmon twelve yards from goal but the front man blazed over the crossbar. Burscough were even closer when Lee McEvilly jumped for a right wing cross but the ball looped up and when it finally came down he struck the post from close range although the angle was poor.