Saturday 22nd October 2016
Northern Premier League First Division North
Hyde United: Russell Saunders, James Burke, Kyle Brownhill, Matthew Dempsey, Adam M Jones, Harry Coates, Daniel Pilkington, Brice Wassi (Adam Thurston), Andy Bishop, Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk (Jamal Branker), Ayrton Bevins (Joe Pugh). Subs not used: Pete Boyle, Andrew Pearson.
Burscough: Cheetham, Quansah, McNally, Smith, Hill, Schofield, Watts, Doyle, M Nevitt, E Nevitt, Davies. Subs: Thorpe, Cato, Townsend, Shacklock, Sherriff.
Hyde started well and the opening 15 minutes pointed to an easy win against bottom of the league Burscough who fielded a squad who's average age was 19 years and 4 months.
Setting up in a 4-2-3-1 Hyde looked to play football at a good tempo, and to create chances. The opening goal from Pilkington on 18 minutes should have allowed the Tigers to push on, but instead they started to give the ball away to the hardworking Burscough forwards, and invited pressure. As has been the case recently, Hyde then gave away a silly free kick, with Burke diving in 6 yards outside the Hyde box, and the resulting kick was fired home by Smith to make it 1-1. Two minutes later and another error at the back followed by some poor defending allowed Burscough to take the lead, side footing home from 3 yards.
HT 1-2 BURSCOUGH
The opening 15 minutes of the second half was scrappy, and both sides struggled to impose themselves on the game, but a change in midfield, with Thurston replacing Wassi added some more urgency and Hyde started to get on the front foot as Burschough's young legs tired.
On 63 mintes Bevins pulled the Tigers level, with a well taken goal, and the remaining 27 minutes was a matter of attack v defence as Hyde pushed for the winner. Some excellent defending kept Hyde out, but Pugh replaced Big on 80 minutes and with the clock running down, Jamal replaced Bevins. On 88 minutes Thurston moved the ball to the left of the box, before great work from Pilkington sliding a pass into the box for Pugh to hit a driven cross for Andy Bishop to calmly fire home.
Four minutes of injury time were well managed and Hyde collected all 3 points.
FT HYDE 3-2 BURSCOUGH
Not a pretty win, but exciting to see the Tigers come back and collect all 3 points.
Much tougher tests ahead, but a win helps with confidence and will give the squad a great platform to build on as they look to move up the league over the coming month, with clear targets for the squad in terms of points and league position to aim for by the end of November