Saturday 21st January 2017
Northern Premier League First Division North
Hyde United: Russell Saunders, Kyle Harrison, Lawrence Hunter (Jamal Branker), Matthew Dempsey, David McGurk, Paddy Miller, Chris Sutherland (Laurie Bell), James Burke, Matthew Beadle, Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk (Pete Boyle), Ryan White. Subs not used: Sam Fitton, Janni Lipka.
Prescot Cables: Not available
Hyde set up in a 4-2-3-1 with new boys Paddy Miller and Lawrence Hunter slotting into the back four, meaning Matthew Dempsey and James Burke played in midfield and Ryan White, made available for the game by Bolton, dropped back into the squad on the left hand side.
Hyde were not at the races. Unable to keep possession, sitting to deep, and playing to long. Danny Flood is one of the quickest right backs in the league, but we kept asking Ryan White to race him for the ball and he kept winning. Prescott were gifted the lead when a back pass which should have been cleared was dwelt on by Russ Saunder in the Hyde goal, and his attempt to shift the ball was easily read by Lloyd Dean, who knocked it off Saunders toe before rolling the ball into the empty net. 1-0 Prescott.
The Tigers huffed and puffed but failed to purr, and the overly officious referee failed to award a penalty when Beadle was pulled back in the box on 32 minutes, and then blew to quickly for a free kick to Hyde when Beadle was fouled, but ran clean through into the box on 36 minutes. These were really the only two highlights of the first half for the Tigers.
HT: 0-1 Prescott
A double substitution for Hyde at half time with Jamal Branker & Laurie Bell replacing Chris Sutherland who had collected a knock, and Lawrance Hunter who had a home debut to forget.
The Tigers looked a bit more balanced with Burke at left back and an attacking midfielder in Laurie Bell, but in truth failed to really get to grips with the game, and Prescott twice went close hitting Hyde on the break, and were only denied with two outstanding last gasp tackles from James Burke.
With 10 minutes to play, Prescott looked to be running on empty after putting in an excellent shift and Hyde at last started to get on the ball and create some chances. Pete Boyle replaced Big Khamsuk who struggeld to effect this game, and the forward four of White, Boyle, Beadle and Branker found space and time to play. On 84 minutes they were nearly rewarded when a first time Jamal Branker cross to the penalty spot found Matthew Beadle unmarked, but he put his headed effort went down into the ground and it was well saved by Burgess in the Prescott goals.
Three minutes later and the tigers were level. A deep corner was fumbled by Burgess and the bouncing ball fired home by Beadle to make it four in four for the Tigers front man. Two minutes later and Pete Boyle won the ball forty yards out, spinning in behind and racing clear, but with a chance to win the game he pulled his right footed shot wide from the edge of the box. With four minutes injury time on the board, Prescott were hanging on and the Tigers nearly snatched the game when a Jamal Branker corner was met at the back post by Dave McGurk but his header sailed inches over the bar.