Monday 26th January 2009
Hyde United: Elliot Bernstein, Chris Cooke, Adam Oakes, Lee Rick, Farrell Kilbane, Neil Fitzhenry (Mark Innes), Chris Lynch, Tom Manship (Joel Igenoza), Daniel Douglas-Pringle, Chris Simm, Nicky Clee. Subs not used: Andrew Shevlin, Bobby Gee, David Morley.
Farsley Celtic: Aspden, Price, Serrant, Iqbal, Jackson, Bentham. Stevens, Krief, Driscoll, Speight, Tuck. Subs: Broughton, Saynor, Penfold, Hope, Westerfield.
The Tigers produced another all action display and eventually came out on top against a battling Farsley at Ewen Fields on Monday night and even had the luxury of missing a penalty.
Neil Tolson had few selection options and had to patch up the walking wounded, but his team performed well despite the added loss of Neil Fitzhenry at the break.
Both teams started brightly but it was Hyde who took the lead on thirty two minutes in somewhat bizarre circumstances. Curtis Aspden inexplicably picked up a clear back pass and the Tigers were awarded a free kick fifteen yards from goal. Chris Simm’s shot was deflected to Daniel Douglas Pringle who prodded home from three yards.
Farsley were struggling with the pace of Simm and Douglas Pringle up front and it was the irrepressible Simm who set up Nicky Clee to head home Hyde’s second on 69 minutes. It should now have been plain sailing but Jake Speight pulled a goal back within three minutes to set up a potential tense finish.
However the goal of the game secured victory with seven minutes remaining when a flowing move ended when Adam Oakes crossed for Simm to slide in Hyde’s third.
Lee Rick was brought down in the area with three minutes left but for once Simm failed to convert the penalty as Aspden produced a good save and deflected the rebound for a corner.
All in all a competent performance from the injury ravaged Tigers with some excellent personal contributions, especially from Chris Cooke after his return from injury.