MATCH REPORT Hyde United 1-1 Prescot Cables
Monday 23rd January 2017 @ 08:54 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

It finished all square at Ewen fields as both sides played out a disappointing draw that ultimately benefit’s neither team in their bid to pull away from the drop zone.

The game started slowly with neither team looking dominant. Hyde edged it in terms of possession but the opening ten minutes were poor to say the least. Both teams were looking comfortable at the back but that suddenly changed on 13 minutes. A simple back pass to the Hyde keeper Russ Saunders allowed him to put his foot on the ball and look up to find a man. He took far too long with the ball and it allowed Prescot’s Lloyd Dean to nip in and dispossess Saunders before placing the ball into an open goal.

The gift of a goal sparked Prescot into life as they dominated for the next 10 minutes. Good chances fell the way of Chris Almond and Dominic Marie but they were unable to find a way past Saunders who atoned for his earlier error.

As a poor first half game to a close it was clear that neither team was satisfied with their performance. A double substitution was made by Hyde at half time and it seemed to spark them into life. They started very strongly and were really pushing for an equaliser straight from the off. On 67 minutes they created a golden chance but were unable to take it. A brilliant first time cross from Jamal Branker was inch perfect and it looked like Matt Beadle was just going to head it in for his fourth goal in as many games. However he headed the ball down and it bounced agonisingly over the bar.

The game was starting to liven up but was continually being broken up by the referee. He was blowing for questionable decisions all afternoon much to everyone’s annoyance. The game couldn’t really get going because the ref kept stopping and starting the play making it hard for either team to gain some momentum.

The Tigers were the team that were dominating possession as Prescot were now just trying to hit them on the break. The Cables had two magnificent chances to put the game to bed but for some outstanding last ditch challenges from the impressive James Burke. These became all the more important on 85 minutes when Beadle did get his fourth goal in as many games and snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat. A corner was whipped in with pace from Branker and as the keeper fumbled it, Beadle was the right man at the right time to poke home the equaliser as Ewen fields erupted.

Hyde themselves then had a glorious chance to win the game when substitute Peter Boyle got in behind the defence only to scuff his shot wide when he was one on one with the keeper.

The game came to a finish with the result a draw where neither team really did enough to win the game.

By Thomas Gray