Saturday 12th August 2017
Northern Premier League First Division North
Scarborough Athletic: Taylor, Thirkell, Merris, Valentine, Turnbull, Hewitt, Nelthorpe, Dean, Beadle, Daly, Coulson. Subs: Stimpson, Price, Clarkson, Logan, Osborne.
Hyde United: Peter Crook, Kyle Harrison, James Burke, Jack Stockdill, Tyrone Gay, Paddy Miller, Chris Sutherland (Adam Baker), Janni Lipka, Pete Boyle (Matthew Beadle), Tom Pratt, Luke Porritt (David Brown). Subs not used: Harry Coates, Lawrence Hunter.
Scarborough came back to town after ten years playing in Bridlington as the Flamingo Land Stadium saw it's first competitive game.
Scarborough started quickly, and looked to impose themselves on the game, but it was Hyde who edged the first half, and had the best chances, with three excellent opportunities to put quality crosses into the box in the final 10 minutes (two from the left and one from the right) but unfortunately the ball was overhit.
The second half was even tighter with no quarter asked or given. The referee did a decent job in controlling the physical side of the game, keeping his cards in his pocket as much as he could, with Tom Pratt on the receiving end of a few decent tackles and a generally tough day physically, but he worked his socks off and kept bouncing up. The referee did however miss a couple of key decisions and Pete Boyle, who really put a shift in, should have been awarded a penalty on 70 minutes when he was cleaned out as he ran into the box, but the referee gave nothing, and then evened things up 5 minutes later awarding a free kick to Scarborough just outside the box when Paddy Miller looked to have made contact just inside. Hyde stung the Scarborough keepers hands twice, but nothing more than that.
In truth, both managers will reflect on the point as a good start, but Hyde really were the only side to test the opposition keeper and they can feel a little less pleased with the result.