MATCH REPORT Hyde United 2-2 Colne
Monday 12th December 2016 @ 08:55 by Mark Phillip
Football Hyde Sports

By Thomas Gray:

Both teams come away with a deserved point as an enthralling game of contrasting halves comes to an end.

Hyde came into the game having not scored in their last three games however they have only conceded one goal in that time in their loss to Lancaster. Colne came into the game on the back of two defeats but there confidence was high due to their impressive away record.

Colne started the better of the two and would have been in front if it wasn’t for some great defending from Harry Coates to prevent Matthew Beadle from having a free header. Colne continued to dominate but it was Hyde that managed to get their noses in front. A long ball up to Andy Bishop was flicked on into the path of Ayrton Bevins who brought it down and smacked a half volley, on the turn, from around 25 yards out. The ball flew over the Colne keeper and into the back of the net to send the Tigers in front against the run of play.

Colne then dominated the next 20 minutes and got there equaliser through Joseph Garvin. A wonderful free kick was whipped around the wall and into the bottom corner leaving Hyde number one, Russ Saunders no chance. Colne now had their tails up and continued to push forward creating chance after chance.

Five minutes before half time, Joel Melia floated a beautiful ball to the back post where Captain Simon Nangle drifted in unmarked and he managed to beat Saunders to the ball and tap into an open goal. That sent Colne into the lead at half time and it was no less then they deserved after a dominant first half display.

Colne started the second half where they left off and Hyde were finding it difficult to build any sort of momentum going forward. On 58 minutes Hyde manager Darren Kelly brought on Janni Lipka and changed the formation around to try and add more of an attacking threat. Five minutes later Hyde created there first bit of sustained pressure. Three corners in succession and good chances for Daniel Pilkington and Big Khamsuk sparked Hyde into life and they started to dominate all the play themselves.

So much so that with 20 minutes to go, Hyde got their equaliser. Kyle Harrison floated a ball into the box that found James Burke arriving late and he managed to bundle the ball over the line and into the net. It looked like Colne right back, Alexander Coleman may have got the last touch but the goal was awarded to Burke.

Hyde ended the game the much better of the two and were the only team looking for the victory. Andy Bishop had two brilliant chances to win the game but was unable to find the net on both occasions. The first was a rebound that bounced nicely into his path and for all the world it looked like his shot was going in but for a tremendous block by Mark Ayres who saved his team from going behind. The second chance was much easier for Bishop as he was sent in on goal with only the keeper to beat, but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Although Hyde did manage to find the target today, they made some silly errors at the back and will be looking to tighten up when they travel to Bamber Bridge next Saturday.