Monday 5th February 2018
Cheshire Senior Cup 2nd Round
Stockport Town: Forth, Todd, Miranda, Hincks, Devlin, Wadsworth, Abreu, Constantine, Halfacre, Pickering, Simpson. Subs: Wallis, Webb, Skelton, Mushtaq,
Hyde United: James Hodges, Marcus Haydock, Kyle Brownhill, Chris Churchman, Harry Coates, Louis Holt (Tyrone Gay), Karl Jones (Chris Sutherland), Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk, Matthew Beadle, David Brown (Dominic Marie), Pete Boyle. Subs not used: Jack McConville, Lewis Haydock.
Darren Kelly made 10 changes to the team which started against Clitheroe on Saturday, but this does not detract from the achievement of Stockport Town who were excellent on the night in a game which was probably one of their biggest since they were formed.
Hyde set up in a 4-4-2 with a mixture of experience and Academy youth through the side.
The opening 45 minutes were fairly even in terms of chances, with Hyde looking to play football with the ball on the ground, and Stockport playing with a high intensity and determination to achieve. Hyde created a number of good chances, with Matthew Beadle and Karl Jones both failing to hit the back of the net twice in the opening 30 minutes. Stockport also created a number of good chances and the excellent Ben Halfacre who led the side from the front was central to this, working hard, holding the ball up well, and allowing his side to develop play in the attacking third. It was Ben who capitalised on some sloppy defending on 32 minutes picking up a ball which should have been cleared, just inside the Hyde box before calmly lashing it home from 8 yards. 1-0 Stockport Town
The second half was really all about Hyde possession. Matthew Beadle worked hard up top, and the Hyde Midfield took control of the centre of the pitch allowing the fullbacks to get forward and more involved in the game. Hyde had 70% possession in the half, but Stockport also carved out two excellent chances with Ben Halfacre and the lively Justin Pickering both running clear though the middle, but puling their shots wide when 1 on 1 with James Hodges in the Hyde goal.
Eventually the Hyde pressure started to open up the Stockport back four and midfield, who had worked their socks off, and a smart interception by Chris Churchman in the centre circle allowed him to move forward and play a decisive pass to Matthew Beadle 5 yards outside the Town box, and he showed his excellent technique sitting two Stockport players down before smashing the ball left footed past the Town keeper from 12 yards. 1-1
Town were out on their feet, but stayed organised and pushed themselves through to the 90 minutes.
Neither side was able to make an impression in the 10 minutes of extra time, and Stockport held their nerve to come back from having their first penalty saved, to score the next four and progress into the semi finals 4-3 on penalty kicks.
Images from Don Goodwin