Saturday 9th August 2014
Hyde FC: Billy O'Brien, Adam Thurston, Kyle Brownhill (Matty Kosylo), Josh Brizell, Luke Ashworth, Connor Hughes, Louis Almond, Adam Blakeman, Aaron Chalmers (Tom Bentham), Steve Tames, Joe Conchie (Ashley Kelly). Subs not used: D'Arcy O'Connor, Christian Thewlis.
Oxford City: M. Scott, J. Green, J. Lapoujade, P. Stonehouse, D. Benjamin, D. Mullings, D. Pond (L. Malone), Ander del Álamo (F. Barcelos), L. Wilson (T. Winters), A. Yussuf, Javi Rodríguez. Subs Not Used:- B. Brown, A. Adrian Santiago
10 men Oxford City won a hard fought three points against Hyde FC in the season opener at Ewen Fields.
After last year’s 8-0 opening day defeat to Forest Green, Hyde were looking to get off on the right foot this year. The match begun with Hyde on the front foot early with Connor Hughes looking lively down the right wing area, and had a low shot saved well by Oxford keeper Mark Scott.
Oxford took the lead in the 12th minute with a wonderful free kick by Javi Rodriguez, hitting it up and over Billy O’Brien’s wall into the bottom corner.
The match took an ill-tempered turn in the 28th minute after Oxford Captain Darren Mullings was sent off after a late challenge on Aaron Chalmers which led to handbags between both sets of players and leaving City with a tough last 60 minutes.
In first half injury time Oxford hit the bar with Adi Yussuf, which led to Hyde breaking up the other end and rounded the keeper through Steven Tames, who missed an open net from 6 yards out. The striker looked to have the goal at his mercy, but took too much time in shooting, allowing an Oxford defender to get back on the line and do enough to make Tames miss.
The second half had Hyde looking to take advantage of their extra man and Hughes was a constant threat down the right wing as he was in the first half.
Yussuf had Oxford’s best chance of the half hitting a shot just wide from 8 yards out, but was key in his hold-up play for City throughout the game. The Oxford striker again linked up well with right back Benjamin and nearly took advantage of Hyde’s attacking play in the second half, hitting them on the counter attack, forcing a good save from keeper O’Brien.
The Tigers continued to push and attack the Oxford net and were unlucky on numerous occasions, with Joe Conchie looking threatening alongside Tames upfront Hyde nearly grabbed an equalizer deep into injury time, but Josh Brizell headed over off a corner from 6 yards out.