Monday 8th October 2018
Manchester Premier Cup 1st Round
Curzon Ashton: Purdham, Baillie, McJannett, Hunt, Shaw, Rowney, Guest, Crankshaw, Brooke, Morgan, Hughes. Subs: Cummins, O'Leary, Fawns, Khoury, Wall.
Hyde United: James Hodges, Sam Summerbee, Kyle Brownhill, Nicky Platt, Matty Hughes, Marcus Haydock, Tom Pratt (Luke Porritt), Gavin Rothery, Chib Chilaka (Alex O'Connor), David Brown, Osebi Abadaki (Lewis Haydock). Subs not used: Jordan Fagbola, James Georgaklis.
A Tigers side interlaced with youth and players who haven't had too much recent first team action gave a good display at Tameside Stadium, but it wasn't enough to stop a strong Curzon side from progressing to Round Two.
Matty Hughes scored his first goal for the club on 29 minutes, rising high to head home a corner. This seemed to spring Curzon into action ad after James Hodges couldn't get hold of a cross shot, the ball rolled invitingly for Hurst who couldn't miss from close range to level things up straight away.
The start of the second half saw the hosts take control of the tie. They went ahead on 51 minutes when again, a loose ball just didn't fall luckily for Hyde. Morgan, always a danger, was allowed to get a shot in, this was initially cleared only to ricochet back towards goal where it landed, via a couple of deflections, nicely for Ryan Brooke to roll it into an open goal from a couple of yards out.
Joe Guest finished off a good move on 66 minutes to give The Nash some breathing space but Hyde did keep on trying and a well timed run from David Brown beat the offside trap and he slotted past the goalkeeper for his first goal of the season with ten minutes to play.
Unfortunately, whilst questions were asked, Hyde were unable to break down a strong Curzon defence again and the Tigers were left to reflect on an encouraging performance that left the side from a league above knowing they had been in a game.