Monday 26th December 2011
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Sean Williams (Harry Winter), Danny Hall, Gianluca Havern, Andrew Pearson, Tunji Moses (Ashley Kelly), Callum Byrne, Danny Broadbent (James Ellison), Scott Spencer, Reece Gray. Subs not used: Nathan Martin, Matthew Berkeley.
Stalybridge Celtic: Jan Budtz, Joel Bembo-Leta, Andy McWilliams, Kristian Platt, Chris Lynch, Jack Rea, Stephen Brogan, Grag Wilkinson, Phil Marsh, Cooer Jennings, Mitchell Austin (Craig Hobson). Subs not Used: Dennis Sheriff, Arthur Gnahoua, Lloyd Ellams, Craig MacGillivray
A goal from Gianluca Havern 5 minutes from time earned Hyde a share of the spoils in this entertaining but hard fought Tameside derby, cancelling out Phil Marsh’s early opener. The defender rose to meet Callum Byrne corner and gave Jan Budtz no chance.
In front of a bumper Boxing Day crowd it was Stalybridge who got off to the perfect start in the second minute as Phil Marsh turned his man wonderfully and finished well, giving David Carnell no chance.
Hyde took a while to recover from this setback but gradually got into the game and Sean Williams curled just over.
Marsh whipped in a free-kick which Carnell saved well with his feet and then it was Marsh again who missed the best chance to extend Celtic’s lead, capitalising on a rare mistake by Gianluca Havern, but he fired badly over when through on goal.
Just before half-time, on-loan midfielder Reece Gray fired just wide after good work by Scott Spencer.
In the second half Hyde came out with much more purpose and had most of the possession. They also had the first chance as Budtz held on well to a Danny Hall header.
The enigmatic Budtz then spilled a Josh Brizzle shot but Spencer couldn’t quite poke the loose ball home.
The visitors were still a threat on the break and Stephen Brogan’s shot had to be pushed wide by Carnell after good work by Andy McWilliams.
Then the equaliser from Havern arrived to send the home fans into ecstasy which was nearly short lived as a half chance fell to Marsh at the other end but he couldn’t quite gather it in.
The teams meet again on New Year’s Day, and if it is anything like this game it should be a cracker.
After the game, Gary Lowe told Luke Edwards:
“On reflection a draw was about right.
“I thought we retained the ball well without really having a cutting edge. I felt the final ball let us down, but technically it was a really good game as they have a really good side.
“We’ve had a shocking start and then slowly got forward without creating anything, but we said to the players that this game wouldn’t make or break our season, so we’re pleased with how it’s gone.”