Struggling Skelmersdale hold Hyde to goalless draw
Monday 16th April 2018 @ 11:01 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Evo-Stik First Division North

Hyde United 0-0 Skelmersdale United

Hyde stuttered in front of goal, and dropped points in a game they could and should have won comfortably, but they retained their undefeated home record and ultimately the coming fourteen days will decide the promotion order.

The opening 45 minutes were played at a frantic pace, with Skelmersdale looking lively in attack, with their forward three working well together and always a threat. It was Skelmersdale who had the first real opportunity, getting in behind Hyde down the left hand channel with a good run, and the ball was pulled back into the centre forcing an excellent save with his feet from Peter Crook in the Tigers goal.

Hyde worked hard without ever really looking in control and forced two excellent saves from Paddy Miller and Tyrone Gay headers, and also hit the bar with a rasping 25 yard drive from the excellent Max Leonard.

Further chances for Dominic Marie and Elliott Rock failed to find the back of the net and with the clock running down the Tigers were denied a stone wall penalty when Luke Porritt was cleaned out by two Skelmersdale players as he got to the ball first running into the box, but the referee waved play on from 40 yards away, much to the surprise of everyone in the stadium.

The second half had a dominant Hyde creating several chances, with Skelmersdale sitting much deeper and defending as if their league survival depended on the result.

Headers from Tyrone Gay and Paddy Miller failed to have enough power to trouble the keeper, and one-on-one chances for Dominic Marie and substitute Dominic McHale were saved when you would have expected at least one of the them to hit the back of the net.

Max Leonard also forced a good stop with the keeper’s feet from a narrow angle, and Janni Lipka and Elliott Rokka also failed to hit the target with good opportunities inside the Skelmersdale box.

The referee indicated a minimum of four minutes stoppage time, which puzzled everyone as their had been four second half substitutions and two stoppages of two minutes each for injuries to a Skelmersdale defender, who was dragged back onto the pitch by his own players to ensure that play was broken up, and the Hyde Captain Paddy Miller who received treatment for an eye injury.

Both sides were unable to find a late winner and the shares were spoiled.

By Mark Worthington