MATCH REPORT Hyde United 3-2 Scarborough Athletic
Monday 6th February 2017 @ 08:31 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

The Tigers came from 1-0 down to win 3-2 at home to Scarborough Athletic to win back to back league games for the first time this campaign.

Boro took the lead early on through Craig Nelthorpe before Matt Beadle levelled the game ten minutes before the break to make it six in six for the striker.

The Jamal Branker show then took over as the winger struck twice, either side of half time to grab his first league goals for Hyde United.

Boro Centre back Matthew Lucid pulled one back before the full-time whistle but it turned out to be no more than a consolation goal.

The home side started shaky and would have been disappointed to concede so early on when Cameron Murray’s cross was converted by the head of Nelthorpe, a combination of Paddy Miller and James Burke couldn’t keep the ball out of the net.

The Tigers were going long with the ball which Lucid and Matt Turnbull dealt with comfortably for the opening 25 minutes of the game.

Hyde’s domination of the game then took over with Branker suddenly finding pockets of space to work in tangent with Beadle.

It was Beadle who equalised for Hyde when Burke’s ball forward left Beadle one on one with Boro keeper Jordan Porter who couldn’t reach the ball before the forward could poke the ball into the net.

Boro then struggled to get out of their own half and it was little surprise when the Tiger’s took the lead before the break.

The pressure from the front three (Ryan Ellison, Beadle and Branker) paid off when Beadle intercepted a loose pass from Turnbull, who then slipped Branker in on goal to score his first league goal for the club.

After the break the game continued in a similar pattern as the Tigers had the Seadogs pinned back. The away sides fortunes weren’t helped as Turnbull who had been dominant in the air was forced off through injury.

Things got even worse shortly after the break for the away side as keeper Jordan Porter came off through injury.

Hyde should have been out of sight early in the half as Lauire Bell saw his effort hit the post from close range before Beadle and Miller were both denied by substitute keeper Tom Morgan.

Branker then capped of a brilliant individual half for himself when he was slipped in on goal excellently by Big Khamsuck. Branker kept his composure once more to put the game out of sight.

A late onslaught from Scarborough resulted in a corner that was headed in by Lucid in added time, which set up a nervy finish for the home side.

The Tigers hung on to win back to back games for the first time in the league this season and an excellent performance to match.

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By Jonathan Arrowsmith