Monday 26th December 2016
Northern Premier League First Division North
Droylsden: Coates, Bianga, Clancy, Samuels, Artell, Daly, Rouse, Hall, Peers, Caddick, Frost. Subs: Smith, Moutemi, Rudge, Farrell, Lingoura.
Hyde United: Russell Saunders, Kyle Harrison, James Burke, Laurie Bell, Harry Coates, David McGurk, Daniel Pilkington (Ryan Ellison), Janni Lipka, Matthew Beadle (Danny Tavares), Phattaraphol 'Big' Khamsuk, Ryan White (Pete Boyle). Subs not used: Ryan Crump, Matthew Dempsey.
The pre game atmosphere was upbeat and determined. A new striker, a returning midfielder and some quality players in from Bolton lifted the squad and you could feel the energy.
Hyde started well and looked the brighter of the two sides for the opening 15 minutes playing into the face of a stiff wind, without carving any clear chances out. The pitch was a typical boxing day carpet, with the heavy rain overnight making it hard work. This allowed Droylsden to get a foothold in the game, and the opening 45 turned into a battle with neither side able to take control
Some words of encouragement and a change in ends had Hyde United quickly out of the blocks and playing with pace and a positive approach.
On 58 minutes a the exciting Ryan White, in from Bolton on work experience for the season, ran onto a through ball and calmly opened his body up before finishing into the opposite corner, when it would have been easy to snatch at the ball. Excellent all round display and a fantastic composed finish on his full debut. 1-0 Hyde United.
Two minutes later and the Tigers doubled their lead when new striker Matt Beadle calmly finished, also on debut.
Ryan White nearly bagged his second, lifting the ball over the keeper, only to see it bounce back off the crossbar. On 67 minutes the Tigers made it 3-0 when the impressive Pilkington followed Ryans lead, lifting the ball over the keeper from 14 yards and into the back of the net.
Hyde were now in full control and substitute Pete Boyle, on for Big Khamsuk, could have added two, rounding the keeper and firing into the side netting with his first chance, and forcing a good save with his right foot from 6 yards with his second.
Droylsden grabbed a sloppy consolation goal on 88 minutes, but this should not take the gloss off a fantastic away performance for the positive and well balanced Hyde squad.
FT 1-3 Hyde United
A good week at training and some squad decisions made by the management which resulted in this fantastic performance. We hope this marks the beginning of a very positive run for the boys.
Solid 90 minutes from the excellent Laurie Bell on return to the squad, exciting debut from Matt Beadle with a goal and he will only improve as he trains with the squad and gets fully match fit, but MOM goes to the young forward Ryan White who showed real glimpses of speed & quality along side his well taken goal.