MATCH REPORT Hyde United 4-5 Farsley Celtic
Monday 6th March 2017 @ 10:41 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Hyde United were unable to extend their unbeaten run to seven gamesĀ on Saturday against promotion chasing Farsley Celtic.

The opening 10 minutes had Farsley on the ball and Hyde chasing shadows. The referee didn’t help, because any attempt to get close and put in a challenge resulted in a free kick and a talking to. This meant that Farsley were able to find space and pop the ball around.

The visitors created overloads and Hyde were often tracking back on the wrong side of their man, which is how the opening goal came about. Farsley moved the ball quickly through midfield and a smart pass through the Hyde back four from the edge of the box allowed Jordan Deacey to run through and slide the ball under Saunders in the Hyde goal.

Hyde got to grips with the system after about ten minutes, and an enforced change to Matt Dempsey, off with a calf strain, meant Big Khamsuk dropped into a deeper midfield roll, and Jamal Banker replaced Demps working hard to break up play and get the ball forward.

Before half-time you could see green shoots from the Hyde attack with James Burke and Lawrance Hunter both breaking into the box forcing good last ditch tackles.

The second half started and a whirlwind was released. Hyde were much closer and managing to get on the ball.

Eight minutes in and the outstanding Matthew Beadle made it 10 in 10, latching onto a ball in the box and turning smartly to volley home.

Four minutes later and the Tigers doubled their lead when Kyle Harrison picked up the ball 35 yards out, beat his man and lashed in a 25 yard half volley rocket which swerved and dipped past the Farsley keeper.

The joy was short lived however. The experienced Paddy Miller got involved in an off the ball incident after the linesman awarded a free kick level with the edge of the Hyde box, and Paddy received a red card for kicking out. Farsley were soon reduced to 10 when the resulting free kick was claimed by the Hyde keeper who received a high foot into the middle of his chest from Farsley forward James Walshaw, who received a straight red.

On 66 minutes Farsley were level again when Chris Howarth cut back on the left hand edge of the Hyde box, curling an outstanding 20 yard shot into the far corner of the goal, evading the desperate reach of Saunders in the Tigers goal.

73 Minutes on the clock and Chris Sutherland picked up the ball, driving forwards into the Farsley box, before looking up and cutting the ball back for Janni Lipka to fire it home from six yards.

With five minutes remaining, Farsley were pushing for the equaliser and were awarded a penalty when the referee decided a James Burke block to a goal bound Farsley shot hit his arm, resulting in a second yellow and the Tigers down to nine men. A calm finish from Richard Marshall made it 3-3. Two minutes later and Farsley took the lead when they drove down the right, getting in behind the Tigers reorganised defence and the ball was pulled back for Lewis Nightingale to side foot home. 4-3 Farsley

On 90 minutes Chris Sutherland beat his man and was clean through on the edge of the Farsley box before he was hacked down by Aiden Savory, but the referee decided this was only a yellow. Lawrance Hunter placed the ball and fired an outstanding free kick across the keeper into the far corner of the Farsley goal to make it 4-4. This sparked wild celebrations from the majority 450 crowd who attended Ewen Fields.

However, in a cruel twist of fate, Farsley went on to win the game deep into injury time.

A corner made its way to the back post and the unmarked Adam Clayton had the easy task of side footing home from three yards out.

Hyde are competing in the Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening.

The game is taking place at Ewen Fields with a 7.45pm kick-off.


By Mark Worthington