MATCH REPORT Hyde United 1-2 Mossley
Wednesday 19th October 2016 @ 10:35 by Mark Phillip
Football Hyde Mossley & Saddleworth Sports

Mossley claimed the three points – and the bragging rights – against Hyde United in a 2-1 victory at Ewen Fields on Tuesday evening.

Despite a 78th minute reply from Andy Bishop, Mossley secured their fourth win of the season thanks to a David Short Brace.

Hyde gave debuts to three new signings: goalkeeper Russ Saunders; defender Harry Coates and winger Danny Pilkington.

However, their introductions failed to make an impact, and the Lilywhites opened the scoring in the 18th minute after capitalising on some poor Hyde defending.

A long goal kick evaded Hyde’s Matt Dempsey in the centre circle, bounced over the unsuspecting Harry Coates in defence and left Short with a one on one opportunity which he converted into the bottom left corner with ease.

Hyde offered relatively little in the first half and they were made to pay on the stroke of half-time.

Mossley grabbed their second in the 42nd minute after Mike Fish outmuscled James Burke on the left wing, darted into the box and delivered a wicked ball across the face of goal which Short finished in style.

The Tigers did, however, come out with more purpose in the second-half and their pressure finally amounted to a goal with 12 minutes left.

Former Bury striker Andy Bishop took advantage of some poor Mossley defending, jigged his way past two players inside the box and slotted into the top right corner.

However, that’s where the scoring ended, leaving Hyde to wonder what might have been.

In the wake of defeat, Hyde boss Darren Kelly reflected on his sides performance. He said: “To be honest with you we lost the game in the first half.

“If I’m being honest we weren’t good enough in terms of what we set out to do – they wanted it more in the first half and in the second half we dominated, created chances, but to be honest it was too late and we gave ourselves an uphill task and as I say all credit to Mossley as they got the three points”.

Kelly thought the three new signings did well, although he did reference the difficult circumstances under which they performed. He added: “To be honest with you I thought they’d done well but they’re coming into difficult circumstances as they haven’t met any of their team mates yet, so it’s important they train Thursday, get to know the players that little bit better and then we go again Saturday”.

Having made a big impact after coming on as a substitute in the second-half, Kelly was asked if midfielder Big khamsuk should start games. He responded: “There is a chance – I don’t want any player thinking they have a guaranteed place in the team because it’s not that way but for me Khamsuk came on again and gave us a good thought for Saturday and is definitely something we will look at.

“He showed when he came on the quality that he has”.

Given their current league predicament, is Saturday’s clash against Burscough a must-win match? “Absolutely” said Kelly.

“We’re on the back of three bad results and at the end of the day we’ve got to win on Saturday.

“We’re always proactive in trying to make things right and we’ll do everything we can to make it right.

“We just want to get back to winning ways & build momentum – that’s what we want, a couple of winning results that can get that positivity back into the team.

“Like every game, we set out to win”

Meanwhile, victorious manager, Peter Band, hailed his sides performance: “I think it was all us in the first-half, and Hyde in the second – they were unlucky not to get a point.

“Myself and Lloyd have been here a few years now, and we don’t have the budget like everyone else but the players come here and they want to play for us.

“There are no big stars and if there is the lads soon knock it out of them.

“We picked a side tonight that we thought would do the job. People on the bench were a bit upset they didn’t get on but it’s the three points we want and it’s on to Saturday now.

“If we’d not won tonight we’d be only three of the bottom so it’s a big win.”