Monday 17th February 2014
Cheshire Senior Cup Quarter Final
Hyde FC: Ashley Frith, Andrew Fitzgerald, Darren Thornton (Damase Kiwanda), Rhys Day, Luke Ashworth (Josh Morrell), Adam Thurston, Jake Pollard, Josh Brizell (George Riley), Scott Spencer, James Kirby, Jordan Clark. Subs not used: Alex Weatherby, Lee Gregory.
Northwich Victoria: Deasy, Smalley, Wisdom, Hadfield, Henry, Schofield, Burnett, Summerskill, Clarke, Amis, Phoenix. Sub: Moore.
By Peter Jackson
The Manchester Premier Cup is now the only opportunity the Tigers have of silverware, as Michael Clarke and Gary Burnett struck in both halves to advance to the semi finals.
The home side, featuring a mix of youth and experience, huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, but their efforts were not rewarded.
A bright start by the Tigers was almost rewarded when Josh Brizell's driven effort whistled past Tim Deasy's near post. Brizell will have been forgiven for his ambitious effort, considering he scored one of the goals of the season against Lincoln just over a week ago.
Hyde's early dominance didn't translate into a goal, and Scott McNiven's boys fell behind after 15 minutes. Michael Clarke was fortunate to see his tame effort bounce back into his path after Ash Frith's save, rolling the ball into the bottom corner to give the Evo-Stik side the lead.
The home side were fortunate not to suffer another setback when Burnett dawdled just ten yards from goal, giving Hyde a chance to clear.
Between them, Jake Pollard and Scott Spencer managed to squander the outstanding chance of the half. After Pollard rounded the keeper and smashed his shot against the upright, Spencer attempted to place the rebound home. He would have done as well, had Deasy not tipped the ball round to deny a Tigers equaliser.
Ash Frith's heroics kept the half time score at just one goal to nil, making smart stops from Burnett and Josh Amis on the stroke of half time.
The second half started at a fairly pedestrian pace, with Rhys Day's back post flick the closest either side came to scoring, as the centre back blazed over from a tight angle.
The hosts ramped up the pressure towards the end, and hit a sucker punch with just fifteen minutes left on the clock.
Burnett got the better of a tiring Hyde defence, turning away from Luke Ashworth and side footing the simplest of chances into the back of the net.
A skyward effort from Pollard, and a Spencer shot which was cleared off the line summed up Hyde's night.