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Match Report Brighouse Town 2-0 Hyde United
Tuesday 20th September 2016 @ 12:48 by Mark Phillip
Football Hyde Sports

By Martin Frost

On a poignant evening at the Dual Seal Stadium Hyde went down as Brighouse took an early grip on a game which ended with them top of the table

Prior to the game with wreaths laid in the centre circle a minutes silence was held in memory of Daniel Wilkinson. A week previously the Shaw Lane player had tragically passed away during a Doodson Cup fixture on the ground.

Coming into the encounter on the back of an FA Cup exit Hyde faced a real challenge. Town stood third in the league with 12 points from five games, and had comprehensively triumphed at Seel Park only nine days previously when beating Mossley 4-0.

The Tigers started catastrophically. In the 7th minute after losing possession in midfield a superb low cross into the box was rifled past Dylan Forth by Luke Parkin into the roof of the net. Worse was to come 11 minutes later as Brighouse’s Tom Haigh pushed forward, evading challenges before curling an unstoppable shot from 20 yards which clipped the post, rolled agonisingly along the line before nestling in the opposite corner. The Tigers were two down with a mountain to climb

The deficit spurred Hyde into action and for the remainder of the half they held the upper hand. Phil Dean, impressive throughout, had a great strike superbly saved by the home keeper, Taylor, who also thwarted Doncaster loanee, Joe Pugh.

It was much of the same after the break. Hyde’s midfield grew into the game but despite Ayrton Bevins working hard up front it was to no avail. Despite enjoying significant possession Taylor was hardly tested, leaving the Tigers with their fourth defeat of the season. A nine point gap between Hyde and the league leaders, even at this early stage, must be a concern if hopes of mounting a promotion challenge are to be maintained.