Monday 17th April 2017
Northern Premier League First Division North
Hyde United: Russell Saunders, Kyle Harrison (Lawrence Hunter), Ryan Ellison, Janni Lipka, Harry Coates, Paddy Miller, Chris Sutherland, Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk, Matthew Beadle, Omry Perel (Louis Holt), Pete Boyle (Oliver Ford). Subs not used: Joe Hardcastle, Tunde Owolabi.
Droylsden: Coates, Clarke, Holden, Connor, Smith, Daly, Rudge, Frost, Kilheeney, Farrell, Caddick. Subs: Rouse, Hasler-Cregg, Metcalfe, Smith, Bianga.
In front of the second largest home crowd of the season the Tigers struggled to put the game to bed in a frustrating opening 45 against an organised Droylsden side.
With both teams effectively land locked in their league position this was not about titles but more about local pride.
Hyde stared the brighter of the two teams and created several chances with Matthew Beadle and Omry Perel both spurning chances to open the scoring, and Pete Boyle having his appeal waved away by the ref after he appeared to have been tripped inside the six yard box on 35 minutes
The second half started much more brightly, and Hyde took a couple of large steps up the field to force the tempo of play and to stop Droylsden having time to play out from the back four. This immediately seized control of the game and Hyde were denied when Omry Perel and Christopher Sutherland both forced saves out of the keeper, followed by three very good chances for Matthew Beadle all saved by James Coates in the Droylsden goal. The third was pushed out for a corner, which was taken by Omry Perel and powered home by the head of Captain Paddy Miller. 1-0 Hyde
Droylsden had a couple of decent chances, forcing two excellent saves out of Russ Saunders, but in truth the Tigers could have scored three or four before Peter Boyle rounded off an excellent end to his season with a goal of quality, picking up a Christopher Saunders pass 30 yards out before taking a touch out of his feet and firing a low driven shot across Coates into the far left hand corner of the Droylsden goal. 2-0 Tigers.
There was just time for Oliver Ford to replace Boyle, and Louis Holt to make his league debut replacing Omry Perel. Louis is a product of the excellent Hyde Academy and the 11th boy to step up from this to represent the first team this season.