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Hyde battle hard to earn a point at Scarborough Athletic
Monday 14th August 2017 @ 13:33 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Hyde began their second season in the Evo-Stik Division One North with a goalless stalemate at Scarborough Athletic on Saturday.

Over 100 supporters made the long trip to the east coast for what was Scarborough’s first encounter in their new stadium,  and the game was a tough battle, fought out between two very strong sides, with lots of quality and a desire to do the occasion justice. It was clear neither side wanted to loose, which meant they rather cancelled each other out.

Scarborough started quickly, and looked to impose themselves on the game, but it was Hyde who edged the first half, and had the best chances, with three excellent opportunities to put quality crosses into the box in the final 10 minutes (two from the left and one from the right) but unfortunately the ball was overhit.

The second half was even tighter with no quarter asked or given. The referee did a decent job in controlling the physical side of the game, keeping his cards in his pocket as much as he could, with Tom Pratt on the receiving end of a few decent tackles and a generally tough day physically, but he worked his socks off and kept bouncing up. The referee did however miss a couple of key decisions and Pete Boyle, who really put a shift in, should have been awarded a penalty on 70 minutes when he was cleaned out as he ran into the box, but the referee gave nothing, and then evened things up 5 minutes later awarding a free kick to Scarborough just outside the box when Paddy Miller looked to have made contact just inside. Hyde stung the Scarborough keepers hands twice, but nothing more than that.

By Mark Worthington