Saturday 28th November 2015
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Hyde United: Ed Wilczynski, James Burke, Lee Neville, Spencer Harris, Shane Killock, David Birch, Sam Fitton, Reece Gray, Scott Spencer, Ayrton Bevins, Ben Jago (Jordan Snodin). Subs not used: Ryan Ellison, Grant Spencer, Andrew Pearson, Pete Boyle.
Frickley Athletic: Malkowski, Hornsey, Parkinson, Hinsley, Cyrus, Ible, Williams, Armstrong, Eyles (Wood), Grayson (Dockerty), Davie (Hazel). Substitutes Not Used: Fotko, Lucas.
By Ryan Ives
The first half of the game proved to be challenging for both sides as they were trying to adapt to the greasy surface of the pitch.
But it was Hyde who broke the deadlock just before the end of the first half after Ayrton Bevins was brought down in the Frickley box by Luke Hornsey after a nice burst of pace.
Despite the Tigers taking the lead they sustained a lot of pressure prior to this and were lucky not to go behind after James Eyles’ strike from the end of the box smashed against the crossbar just 30 seconds before Frickley conceded the spot kick.
However, the game was wide open around the 30 minute mark and Hyde showed off a corner which could have come straight from the training ground. The ball was drilled to the edge of the box, dummied by Sam Fitton and was hit first time by David Birch, but unfortunately the ball pinged around the box and eventually safe into the hands of the Frickley Athletic keeper.
Throughout the second half, the downpour continued to make conditions worse for the sides, but in the 48th minute the Blues hit back. Debutant Tom Davies struck the ball at very close range after a cross from Luke Hinsley for the equaliser.
Both sides then had opportunities to take the lead throughout the latter stages of the game, with the majority falling to Hyde.
Spencer was the closest to winning the game as he found a few yards of space in the box, but completely blazed his shot high and wide much to the fans disappointment.
The Blues counter-attack threat was always on the cards but fatigue was showing as each step looked increasingly difficult on what was becoming a very heavy pitch.
The game ended in a stalemate, but just before the final whistle there was a huge chance for Hyde to win the game from a beautifully placed cross from Burke across the penalty area, but with the onrushing Hyde players slightly out of reach, it came to nothing.