Saturday 6th December 2014
Hyde FC: Connor Hunt, Josh Brizell, Adam Blakeman, Alex McQuade, Matthew Flynn, Luke Giverin, Adam Thurston, Andreas Pachipis, Tom Bentham, Ted Cribley, Connor Hughes. Subs not used: Jordan Bove, Ryan Masterson, Rhys Day, D'Arcy O'Connor, Louis Almond.
North Ferriby United: Nicklin, Black (Fry), Wilde, King, Gray, Hone, Bolder, D’Layrea (Yates), Denton, Jarman (Kendall), St. Juste. SUBS NOT USED: Anderson, Nicholson.
Hyde secure their second league win of the season after an assured all-round performance.
Hyde have been looking for their second league win of the season and it came in the way of a 1-0 victory of North Ferriby United at Ewen Fields. The Tigers have struggled to hold onto a lead all season, but a spirited performance ensured that they recorded the unlikely win against a team that had previously gone seven games unbeaten in the league.
Connor Hughes’ neat finish on 13 minutes was the difference as Hyde’s points tally belatedly moved into double figures. The home side threw the proverbial form-book out the window as they defended superbly and limited their play-off chasing opponents to very few chances.
Midfielder Luke Giverin played a superb pass into Hughes, he calmly slipped the ball through the legs of the on-rushing opposition ‘keeper Adam Nicklin.
North Ferriby will wonder how they failed to score after a good spell in the first-half, their best chance came as Tom Denton out-jumped his man but the header bounced just wide. The imposing 6"7 Denton was a threat in the air all game and fired a few headers just over.
A goal-mouth scramble around the half hour mark was perhaps the closest the visitors came in the first half. It followed a deep free-kick from the visitors, the ball finally fell to Jason St. Juste but the winger fired his shot wide of the Tigers goal.
Hyde did have more than their fair share of chances in the first half however. Most came through goal-scorer Hughes who stung the hands of Nicklin a couple of times, but the tricky winger proved a thorn in the visitor's side all day with his pace and trickery. He was certainly the Tigers main attacking outlet, as he linked up well with those in midfield and attack likewise.
The first-half was an end-to-end open affair but the second period was a much more tight, scrappy spectacle as a whole. The away side tried and failed to break Hyde down, their only real chances coming in the way of hopeful crosses that rarely tested Hyde greatly.
Andreas Pachipis, the young Cypriot midfielder, made his league debut for the club and played a pivotal role in the win. He sat just in-front of the back four, equally cool whether it being passing the ball out or throwing his body on the line, he provided great cover for his defensive team-mates.
Substitute Jamie Yates provided the best opportunity for Ferriby to equalise after half-time. He whipped in a deep free-kick that evaded everyone but St. Juste at the back post, he again missed the target, this time he headed narrowly over the bar.
Hughes was a threat throughout but the stand-out performer was undoubtedly Hyde captain Alex McQuade, who dealt with everything that was thrown at him, and in comfortable fashion. The team as a whole defended superbly after taking the lead early on and fought hard to ensure that they were the team to take the points.