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1 year ago By Mark Worthington

Tough test at the Abbey Stadium


Abbey Hey are a good, hard working side, and Luke Gibson has got them organised with and without the ball, meaning that the Hyde United FC squad had to work hard to come out of this game with a positive result. Pre season is about players gaining minutes on the pitch, but it is also about creating a winning mentality, so the result in the game was important.

Hyde were on the front foot from the opening whistle and were rewarded on 5 minutes when Tyrone Gay reacted first to a free kick into the box, controlling the ball before being blocked off it by the Abbey keeper. Penalty to Hyde calmly slotted away by Pete Boyle, making it 4 in 4 for the confident young forward. 1-0 to Hyde

Abbey reacted well, and got hold of the ball, making life uncomfortable for the Hyde midfield, and back four. The Tigers were hustled when in control, making errors playing forward and this meant Abbey were able to play with width, getting in behind the Hyde fullbacks on several occasions. 20 minutes in and good play down the Abbey right wing had the ball half cleared only to be swung into the Hyde box, allowing Nico Collins to head home from 6 yards unopposed. 1-1

Abbey were now in the game and enjoying longer spells on the ball, with Hyde unable to deal with the energy in midfield. They only real outlet for the Tigers was through the energetic Luke Porritt down the left, and it was through his strong run and deep cross that Hyde regained the lead with the ball excellently headed home at the back post by Trialist.

HT 2-1 to Hyde

Hyde came out for the second half with the starting 11 given another 15 minutes to stamp some authority on the game, and they were much more at the races. Lipka, Payne & Khamsuk got closer in midfield, and Hyde enjoyed more of the ball. Pete Boyle put in an excellent shift working hard for the team, and with a more combative midfield in front of them, the back four looked well marshalled by Harry Coates, Tyrone Gay and the welcome return James Burke. 17 year old Jack McConville continues to impress at left back and delivered another excellent 60 minutes in his development at this level.

Hyde rolled the substitutes on and the fresh legs has an immediate impact as Abbey now struggled to get time on the ball. Timmy Raheem is a real athlete in midfield and has the ability to break up play and then break through the opposition lines which makes him difficult to play against and good to watch. He had the added bonus of looking up to see the excellent Karl Jones and David Brown creating problems in front of him with both players willing to get on the ball and run at the Abbey Back four. 75 minutes in and Karl Jones made it 3-1 to the Tigers with an excellent finish to a good move, and with the clock running down, Timmy Raheem showed his class creating and finishing to make it 4-1 on the night to the visitors.

FT 1-4 Hyde United FC

A massive thank you to Abbey Hey FC and Luke Gibson for arranging this pre season game. Some very competitive minutes under the players belts, and another positive result to help the boys move forward with four weeks until the start of the league season.

The team spirit is high, with injured players Paddy Miller (c), Chris Sutherland and Matthew Beadle all attending the game to support the boys. The squad are getting a good balance of training and competitive minutes on the field, monitored by Dave McGurk & Gareth Prendergast with support from Physio Stefanie Todd and analyst Shailesh Pindoria. The aim is to get to the 12th August with a fully fit squad, firing on all cylinders and raring to go. The journey continues at training on Thursday and away on Saturday at AFC Blackpool 15:00 ko

Updated 06:38 - 19 Jul 2017 by Mark Worthington

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