Monday 19th September 2016
Northern Premier League First Division North
Brighouse Town: Taylor, Pollard, Pearson, Illingworth, Hewitt, Atkinson, Bunch, Haigh, Osborne, Watson, Parkin. Substitutes: Frost, Hall, Field, Lowe, Robinson
Hyde United: Dylan Forth, Ryan Ellison, Kyle Brownhill (Pete Boyle), Andrew Pearson, Adam M Jones, James Burke, James Cadman (Marcus Day), Brice Wassi, Ayrton Bevins, Joe Pugh (Adam Thurston), Phil Dean. Subs not used: Sam Fitton, Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk.
An emotional night for everyone last night at Brighouse Town where Dan Wilkinson was remembered at the start with a minutes silence and with a minutes applause during the game.
Brighouse are riding high in the league and knew that a win would take them to the top of the table with a game in hand, following their forced postponement on Saturday allowing them to travel to Shawlane.
Brighouse were quickly out of the blocks and scored twice in the opening 15 minutes. Both were mistakes, with the opener caused when we lost our man in the box and the ball was smashed home off the underside of the bar, and the second resulting from a poor pass playing out from the back which we failed to react to allowing Tom Haigh to jink past two defenders before firing home off the inside of the post.
Hyde had two great opportunities to score in the following 15 minutes with Dean and Cadman both denied following excellent saves from the Brighouse keeper, and that is where our luck has been recently.
HT 2-0 Brighouse
The talented Adam Thurston came on at half time to make his debut on return to the club following a season with FC United and 6 months in America, and looked excellent, although the young squad were unable to make their good play and time on the ball pay during the second period of 45.
FT 2-0 Brighouse
Brighouse moved to the top, with five wins out of five, but Hyde should take heart from the performance, and the way the squad as a whole are playing.
Yes it has been a bad 8 days, but the facts are that we have lost narrowly in each of the matches, and have enjoyed good periods of play and dominance which deserved more. The difference in all the games has been that the opposition made less mistakes than we did. Cut these out and we will start to get the reward our talented squad deserve.