Tuesday 16th August 2016
Northern Premier League First Division North
Colwyn Bay: Pearson, Denson, Corrigan, Grant, Hardwick, Schofield, Gaghan, Keddie, Burnett, Jones, Andrews. Subs: Bowers, Bakkor, Booth, Armstrong, Whitlock.
Hyde United: Dylan Forth, James Burke, Kyle Brownhill, Matthew Dempsey, Adam M Jones, Brice Wassi (Ryan Ellison), James Cadman, Andrew Pearson, Ayrton Bevins (Sam Fitton), Chris Amadi, Phil Dean. Subs not used: Pete Boyle, Zeekell Parkes, Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk.
Hyde did a bit of juggling with the squad after picking up a couple of knocks in the opening day win, and the line up never quite clicked on a pitch which was dryer than a camels armpit.
Colwyn Bay have a plan. It involves keeping the ball in the air, and only letting it touch the ground in or around the Hyde box. They have some decent forwards, and a bit of pace, and they work the diagonal ball well. Hyde started quite brightly and the opening 25 minutes were even, with Hyde looking to play forward, and dealing with the Colwyn tactic quite well.
On 30 minutes, Hyde lost the ball down their right, and it was dispatched forward at pace to Danny Andrews, who controlled well on the edge of the Hyde box, before turning sharply. He looked to be well covered by Kyle Brownhill but with no support he was forced to go it alone and created half a yard, before getting away a sweetly struck shot, beating the Hyde keeper low to his left. 1 - 0 Colwyn Bay. Hyde stepped things up and looked more positive, but failed to create anything in the remaining 10 minutes of the half.
The second half started with a much more positive approach from Hyde, who pressed well, retained the ball when they got it and pushed forward. They were rewarded on 47 minutes when a driving run from Phil Dean had him chopped down on the edge of the Bay box and James Cadman placed the ball and calmly fired home from 22 yards. 1-1. The following 10 minutes were all Hyde. Good possession, decent half chances and several corners, but they were unable to force a meaningful save out of the Bay keeper.
62 minutes in and Colwyn Bay retook the lead. A careless ball in midfield was picked up by Chris Gaghan, who drove forward, evading a challenge and firing a smart shot towards the Hyde goal from 20 yards. The Hyde keeper looked to have it covered, but was unable to get a strong enough hand on the ball which nestled in the top left hand corner of the Hyde goal. 2-1 Colwyn Bay.
Hyde regrouped and looked to push for the equaliser. There was a decent period of possession and Hyde created three or four decent half chances, the best falling to Sam Fitton who was unable to get on top of a ball rolled into his path around the penalty spot, and as often happens when your pushing for a goal, Colwyn struck on the break with Gahgan scoring his second with an excellent volley as the game moved into injury time.