Saturday 3rd September 2016
F.A. Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Hyde United: Dylan Forth, Ryan Ellison, Kyle Brownhill, Matthew Dempsey, Adam M Jones, David McGurk, James Cadman (Sam Fitton), Brice Wassi, Ayrton Bevins, Chris Amadi (Curtly Martin-Wyatt), Phil Dean. Subs not used: Josh Broadbent, Pete Boyle, Jack McCarthy, Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk, Jake Pollard.
Colne: Aghayere, Morton, Pugh, Lynch, Bond, Hoskin, Garvin, Craig, Wharton, Morning, Morrison. Subs: Anderson, Hargreaves, Melia, Stockdale, Steenson.
On a rainy day in Hyde, the FIFA 2* pitch allowed these two EvoStik North sides to put on an enthralling game, played at pace and with attacking intent, which had Hyde through on the narrowest of margins.
Hyde set up in a 5-3-2. Some changes were made with Burke suspended & Pearson injured, Dempsey dropped in to the back four fresh off the flight after 11 days away and Brice Wassi stepped back into central midfield with Dean and Cadman either side of him.
Both teams looked to play football, and the slick pitch meant the opening 45 minutes was played at pace. Hyde looked to shade the opening period, with slightly more time on the ball, but the opening two chances fell to Colne with the number 10 blazing over twice from inside the box. Hyde looked more joined up moving the ball through midfield to the forwards, and Bevins twice beat the offside trap on 25 and 35 minutes but took on the shot firing wide, when he had the chance to square the ball to Amadi and Cadman for almost certain goals.
The second half continued in a similar vein with Hyde slightly on top, but Colne continued to create chances and were ahead on the corner count. With 55 minutes on the clock the referee stepped into the spotlight awarding a penalty for Colne indicating it was for a shirt pull at the back post by McGurk, much to the surprise of most of the players and fans in the ground. Colne stepped up, but a tame shot was well saved low to the keepers right and the ball cleared.
Colne looked a little deflated, and Hyde made sure they capitalised on this by upping the pace and pressing in all areas. They pushed up the field, creating a fantastic chance when Phil Dean outpaced the Colne fullback down the left and fired in a low cross which Amadi got on the end of 4 yards out, but his goal bound sidefoot shot was kept out by the impressive Colne keeper. Two minutes later and Hyde won a corner after more excellent work by Phil Dean and were rewarded when the resulting ball into the box was forced home from 5 yards by Dave McGurk (to be fair he was the closest to it). 1-0 Hyde on 60 minutes.
The remaining 30 minutes were competitive. Colne looked to be more direct, targeting the left wing, but Ryan Ellison continued his great form at rightback and the defence looked assured and in control throughout.
For the final 15 Hyde dropped deep, but the introduction of Sam Fitton on 75 minutes and Martyn Curtley Wyatt on 80 gave them fresh legs and the outstanding Brice Wassi showed excellent energy levels through to the end of the game, competing for everything and winning the ball in all areas to help see Hyde over the line.
FT 1 - 0 Hyde United FC
Well done to Darren and his boys. Fantastic performance defensively, and more success with creating attacking options going forward. Special mention to Brice Wassi who looked outstanding in midfield and MOM Adam Jones who has shown great form over the past three games.
The first time Hyde have won two games in the FA Cup for twelve years. Lets hope they pull a home tie out of the hat.