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Hyde stay top with victory at Tadcaster
Monday 26th March 2018 @ 10:55 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Tadcaster Albion 0-1 Hyde United


Hyde were professional from start to finish and fully deserved the three points with a 1-o victory at Tadcaster Albion.

The Tigers set up in a 4-2-3-1 with new signing Elliott Rokka on the right, and Big Khamsuk starting in central midfield for the suspended Ross Daley.

On a difficult and deceptively bobbly pitch, it was Hyde who looked in control of the ball, and the tempo of play, with Tadcaster happy to look to hit their two front men early or to switch for the speedy Number 11 whenever they had possession in the back four.

Hyde were more than capable of dealing with this, and with the best defence in the league, organised and sorted it out.

In midfield the Tigers had great energy, with Janni Lipka breaking up play, alongside Big Khamsuk who stepped in and stepped up.

It was these two who combined to break up an attack down the Hyde left, playing the ball forward where it was intercepted, but a square pass was easily cut out on the half way line by Elliott Rokka who looked up and slipped a through ball for Adam Gilchrist to run onto and he took the ball in his stride before taking it around the keeper and sliding home from 15 yards to score his first goal for the Tigers.

Both teams huffed and puffed for the remainder of the half with our creating anything of note.

No changes at half time and the Tigers were quickly out of the blocks. Good half chances for Luke Porritt and Max Leonard and a more than decent shout for a penalty when Porritt was taken out as he made a driving run into the box, but the referee gave a goal kick when it was either a corner or a foul.

Leonard hit the upright with a rasping left foot shot, and Elliott Rokka and Big Khamsuk both had shots deflected for corners, and finally the Tigers got the ball into the back of the net through a Max Leonard header from a Janni Lipka corner, only to see the linesman flag for a push from 20 yards further away than the referee.

The final 10 minutes did see some pressure from Tadcaster as they looked to get a goal, but in reality, the Tigers defence and their outstanding keeper held firm to see out the game.

By Mark Worthington