Saturday 10th September 2016
Northern Premier League First Division North
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 (Marcus Day), Phil Dean. Subs not used: Pete Boyle, Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk, Andrew Pearson.
Lancaster City: Hale, Hudson, Clarke, Wells, Westwood, Mercer, Gregory, Akrigg, Connerton, Mayers, Robinson. Substitutes: Crolla, Russell, Shearwood, Waters, Henry.
Hyde were in control of the ball and seemingly the result for the majority of this game, but still managed to leave with nothing conceding their first league goals of the home campaign in the final 15 minutes.
Starting in a 5-3-2 Hyde looked to get on the front foot, and take the game to Lancaster who were a couple of places below them in the league at the start of play. Good passing and attacking intent with pace had Lancaster dropping and allowing Hyde time and space to play through the middle.
Hyde linked well, and their goal came when Brice Wassi picked the ball up in the centre circle, passing it out wide to Cadman first time and then making an intelligent run creating space for Bevins who picked a good through pass up just inside the box before calmly turning his man and side footing into the bottom right hand corder of the Lancaster goal off the inside of the post. 1-0 Hyde.
Hyde looked to push on and created a number of excellent chances with a header for Cadman, a good run by Dean and both Bevins and Amadi having the chance to double the lead. Hyde really needed to take at least one of these, and in reality should have been three up at half time.
HT 1-0 Hyde
Lancaster came out with much more intent in the second half. They got closer in midfield, and stopped Hyde playing through the middle, leaving them to play forward more quickly and chase the channel balls or try to compete for the ball in the air.
It was Lancaster who looked more in control, although neither side managed to get their foot on the ball and dictate play. With 75 minutes on the clock, Hyde lost possession on the left and Lancaster broke quickly and rode their luck picking up the ball twice when it should have been cleared, before poking the ball home to equalise 1-1. Five minutes later and another loss of possession on the half way line again had Lancaster breaking forward and the ball was half cleared before it was once again forced home from 8 yards. 2-1 to Lancaster and the game became scrappy, with Hyde looking to get it forward quickly at the same time as Lancaster looked to slow it down at every opportunity.