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Match Details:

Tuesday 7th October 2014
Conference North

Hyde FC3Brizell (22), Bentham (49), Hughes (90 pen)
Chorley3Stephenson (48, 69, 72)

Attendance: 574

Hyde FC: Billy O'Brien, Josh Brizell, Kyle Brownhill, Alex McQuade, Liam Chilvers (Connor Hughes), Adam Thurston, Reece Gray, Luke Giverin (Adam Blakeman), Tom Bentham, Steve Tames, Louis Almond. Subs not used: Regan Walker, Rhys Day, Ryan Masterson.

Chorley: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross (Kyle Jacobs), Adam Mather, Chris Doyle, Tom Smyth, Adam Roscoe (Harry Winter), Josh Hine (Paul Jarvis), Dale Whitham, James Dean, Jack Dorney, Darren Stephenson. Subs Not Used:- Andrew Teague, Astley Mulholland.

by Jake Ashton

After a poor showing away to Leamington on Saturday the Tigers had just 2 days to recuperate and face a strong Chorley side.
Hyde 3-3 Chorley

The game started off with Chorley on the front foot, nearly going in front in the space of 30 seconds as a free kick was whipped in and punched straight out by Billy O’Brien to Tom Smyth, whose volley was cleared off the line in what would have been a terrible start for the Tigers. The match was fast paced straight from the off and the Magpies again looked to press, but Hyde had a great chance of their own to take the lead, with Reece Gray weaving through the Chorley defence before his shot was saved well by Chorley keeper Sam Ashton.

Hyde took the lead on the 22nd minute thanks to a superb goal by Josh Brizell after great play again by Gray in midfield. The Tigers hit Chorley on the break and it was four against four with Gray picking the perfect ball to Brizell who was on the corner of the area before hitting a superb shot which may have took a little deflection, but left Ashton stranded. The half then finished as it started with Chorley pressing as you would expect, and again Billy O’Brien was in fine form making a string of brilliant saves, firstly from Stephenson, who linked up well with Dale Whitham but the Hyde keeper stood firm to deny the Chorley winger.

The Magpies then really turned up the pressure and after a string of corners should have really equalised through Roscoe’s free header, but the defender headed well wide. The Tigers then were forced to make a substitution after Thurston challenged for a header but went down holding his side in some pain, with the midfielder saying afterwards that he felt something rip.

The second half began with Hyde looking to guard against complacency which they’ve failed to do in the past weeks and the same happened again as Josh Hine ran down the wing unchallenged before firing in a cross to Stephenson who was literally on the goal line to tap in. The Hyde fans were aggrieved that the team conceded a minute into the second half but the players responded brilliantly as they went up the other end from kick off to restore their lead through Tom Bentham. Louis Almond had his trademark cut inside shot that Sam Ashton could only parry straight to Brownhill who crossed it in on a plate for Tom Bentham in the middle.

The game then upped its tempo after a feisty challenge from Whitham which saw the midfielder pick up a yellow and Hyde nearly scored again as Bentham was played in down the right wing after a clever back-heel from Tames, but the big man hit his shot just over. James Dean was then booked for Chorley after cynically barging into Luke Giverin in the middle and moments later Tames was harshly booked for a challenge where he looked to cleanly win the ball. The Hyde players weren’t happy with the decision and while arguing with the referee Peter Gibbons looked to switch off allowing Chorley to get an equaliser. The resulting free kick was hoofed forward and flicked on to Stephenson who was through one on one against O’Brien, before a neat dink over the Hyde keeper made the game 2-2.

The Magpies then took the lead when Dean flicked on an ambitious ball down the wing and Brownhill failed to deal with it, before the ball ricocheted into the path of Stephenson for him to fire a superb strike into the far corner before O’Brien could even see it and complete what was in all fairness a wonderful hat-trick.

Scott Mcniven then made an attacking change, bringing off centre back Chilvers off for Connor Hughes and it’s one that worked brilliantly with Hyde pressing for the last 15 minutes of the game and having a penalty shout turned down after Bentham looked to have been brought down in the area. Chances were then falling all over the place for the Tigers with Reece Gray going close with a skimmed shot that went just wide and Tames hitting a shot over from just inside the area which he should have done better with. Time was running out and it looked to be all over, but Bentham was put through again and fouled by Chris Doyle who was last man meaning Gibbons had to send him off. The foul looked outside of the area but the referee gave a penalty to Hyde and sub Connor Hughes stepped up and sent Ashton the wrong way.

Hyde could smell blood and looked to push on for the winner and nearly did so when Chorley went down to 9 men after a poor challenge from Whitham which saw him get his second yellow card. The resulting free kick was whipped in perfectly by Blakeman onto McQuade’s head but Ashton made a stunning save to deny the Hyde man and secure a point for his side.

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