MATCH REPORT Farsley Celtic 2-1 Hyde United
Monday 7th November 2016 @ 10:42 by Mark Phillip
Football Hyde Sports

By Tom Gray:

With temperatures dropping as low as 5 degrees Farsley lined up against Hyde on this chilly Saturday afternoon.

Both teams were in very different form as the Celts came into the game having won the last three games where as Hyde came into the game having put in one of their worst performances of the season last Tuesday as they were thumped 4-0 at Radcliffe.

With both these teams playing very different football at the moment there wasn’t a lot to separate them in the first half hour of football. Hyde’s defence was much improved from Tuesday but still couldn’t prevent Farsely from creating chances in which they really should have scored. Jacob Hazel was presented with the ball 5 yards out but was only able to blast over. Minutes later he had a chance identical to Lewis Nightingale’s ten minutes earlier but both curled their shots wide.

With both teams continuing to exchange scrappy play, Hyde managed to muster their first chance when Kyle Brownhill got into the box well and his drilled cross was deflected towards goal, only for Farsley keeper Graeme Mckibbin to save well.

As half time approached both teams went in relatively pleased with their performance knowing that it was going to be a tight second half with one goal most likely to separate the two teams.

Five minutes later, Farsley got their goal as Hazel capitalized on a Brownhill slip to go down the right hand side and whip in a great cross to the back post where the onrushing Aiden Savory headed home. In the lead and now in control, Farsley grew in confidence and should have had another as a brilliant free kick landed on the head of unmarked Adam Clayton who put his effort just wide of the post.

Things did then get from bad to worse for Hyde in the shape of a red card. Having previously been booked for decent, James Burke lunged in on Paul Walker and although some fans thought he won the ball, the referee deemed in dangerous and sent him off.

The impressive Nightingale was finding more and more space now and a brilliant jinking run through the Hyde defence resulted in his shot going agonisingly wide. With all the play now in Hyde’s half it was only a matter of time before Farsley got their second and with five minutes to go, that’s exactly what they did. Celts’ Chris Howarth wriggled his way down the left before crossing to the back post where Hazel headed back across goal to Savory where he blasted his half volley into the roof of the net for his second of the afternoon.

It wasn’t to be the last action of the match however as Hyde were to set up a nervy final five minutes for the hosts. Brilliant play down the left by Bishop allowed him to whip in good cross to Harry Coates who chested the ball down to Big Khamsuk who, on the edge of the box, opened his body up and side footed the ball into the bottom corner.
It did prove to be too little too late for Hyde who were much improved defensively but again offered little going forward.

The win takes Farsley to the top of the table with Hyde all the way down in 17th. The Tigers travel to Colne on Tuesday night looking to get some much needed points on the board.