MATCH REPORT Hyde end Mossley’s reign as Manchester Premier Cup champions
Wednesday 26th October 2016 @ 11:22 by Mark Phillip
Football Hyde Mossley & Saddleworth Sports

Hyde United 2-1 Mossley
Manchester Premier Cup 1st Round

Mossley’s reign as Manchester Premier Cup holders ended at Ewen Fields on Tuesday as the Tigers ran out 2-1 victors. Following the abandonment of the initial attempt at the tie following the horrific injury to the Lilywhite’s Callum Warburton, the two teams, meeting for the second time in a week, provided excellent entertainment for the 190 crowd.

Seven days previously, Mossley had triumphed 2-1 in an Evostik Division 1 North game, and after 7 minutes Peter Band’s side took the lead. Damase Kiwanda picked up the ball on the edge of the box and with a swift turn and strong shot despatched the ball beyond the grasp of Russ Saunders in the Tigers goal.

Hyde pushed on after the set-back, and Joe Pugh’s speed, which caused Mossley problems all night, led to a series of half chances. Mossley also looked to break quickly, and on 20 minutes Kiwanda almost doubled the Lilywhite’s advantage as a header clipped the bar. Barely a minute later Hyde were level as Pugh was first to react to a ball hit hard and low into the Mossley area, to turn in the equaliser.

The remainder of the half saw Hyde play with a real purpose, passing the ball well through midfield and threatening Liam Flynn’s goal regularly. They were rewarded with what turned out to be the winner on the 36th minute as James Cadman crossed from the right and Harry Coates, recently signed from Bradford PA, hammered home his first goal for the Tigers. The half time lead was no more than a reflection of Hyde’s positive approach in the latter stages of the first half.

The second period was goalless, but both teams continued to push forward. Darren Kelly has clearly introduced a passing style of play, and in the Hyde midfield Cadman and Big Khamsuk played an influential part. Following a dismal few weeks, the Tigers now have two wins under their belt and Kelly will be looking to continue this run on the league visit to Ossett Town on Saturday. For Mossley, the season has been inconsistent. Winless at Seel Park, but generally sound on the road, the Lilywhites will be hopeful of progress in the FA Trophy this weekend as they face Farsley Celtic at home. Both teams then have fixtures on Tuesday. Hyde visit Radcliffe and Mossley will be at Farsley Celtic, in either a league game or FA Trophy replay.

By Martin Frost