Saturday 15th October 2016
Northern Premier League First Division North
Scarborough Athletic: Porter, Flint, Merris, Birch, Humble, Price, Stewart, Bloor, Igiehon, A Bolder, Harrison. Subs: Brown, Robinson, C Bolder.
Hyde United: Thomas Beaurepaire, Ryan Ellison, Kyle Brownhill, Matthew Dempsey, Adam M Jones (Brice Wassi), James Burke, Adam Thurston (Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk), Andrew Pearson, Ayrton Bevins, Andy Bishop, Jamal Branker (James Cadman). Subs not used: Pete Boyle, Joe Pugh.
On the balance of play over 90 minutes this was probably a fair result, but Hyde are not far off finding the right formula.
Darren and his management team had done their homework, and identified the areas where they believed Scarborough would hurt them, with clear instruction given to the players about how to play and who to track, it was down to the players selected to deliver the plan in the game.
The opening 10 minutes had Hyde edging the play and seeing more of the ball, without carving out any clear cut chances. Scarborough were happy to hit their front man and to look to create on the break.
Follow your man, was one of the clear instructions given just before kick off, but 11 minutes in the Scarborough No.7 was given the freedom to run inside and onto a through ball, which he calmly fired past the outrushing Hyde Keeper.
The remaining 35 minutes of the half were frantic and fairly even with both teams creating chances. The experienced Andy Bishop was excellent for Hyde throughout, and needed players in an around him to benefit from his flick ons and hold up play.
HT 1-0 Scarborough
The second half started with Hyde immediately on top and 90 seconds in they equalised when Andy Bishop controlled a forward pass from Brownhill before slotting the ball through for Bevins to fire home. Three minutes later, the move was repeated, but the through ball was played to Jamal this time, and he pulled his shot wide from just inside the box when he should have hit the target. Hyde were looking sharp and two minutes later went oh so close with a thumping shot from Dempsey which rattled the bar.
On 60 minutes, Hyde were forced to replace Adam Jones who was struggling with an injury picked up midway through the first half and three minutes later they failed to pick up their men for a ball played into the box allowing Stewart to score his second of the game with a thumping header unchallenged from 6 yards.
Four minutes later and an error at the back allowed the Scarborough substitute to fire home making it 3-1
Hyde were not finished and grabbed hold of the game, and the ball, pinning Scarborough back. On 86 minutes Matt Dempsey scored the goal of the game with a fantastic volley, and Hyde pushed for the equaliser, but they were unable to find the goal they needed.
FT: 3-2 Scarborough Athletic
After three decent results against Bamber Bridge, Prescott and Trafford, and a good performance loosing away to Colwyn Bay in the Trophy last week, this was not one of Hyde's best. The injury's at the back & the need to shuffle players in the game cost them, just like they did last week at Colwny Bay, and Darren needs to find a back four who are fit enough to start and finish three games on the bounce to give the boys in front of them the confidence that scoring two goals will win a game. A couple of signings are expected on Monday to help the squad achieve this and 6 points are needed in the games against Mossley and Burscough to get the Tigers climbing the table.