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Hyde continued their impressive pre season form with a win at home against european cup qualifiers Connah’s Quay Nomads running out 2-1 at Ewen Fields on Saturday
Big Khamsuck struck on the stroke of half time to give Hyde the lead with Tom Pratt striking a left footed half volley in the 60th minute to double The Tigers’ advantage with George Horan scoring in the 70th minute for the Nomads
The Tigers were very good in this game, probably their best performance of the six pre season games played so far against a Connah's Quey side who had recorded an impressive 7-3 victory over Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night.
Hyde started brightly, forcing a corner in the opening seconds of the game, however The Nomads quickly responded with a Matty Owen effort which the Hyde goalkeeper did well to hold onto in a crowded area. The opening period of the game was a competitive one that had no hallmarks of a friendly with both sides attacking well. Inside the first 10 minutes, Nathan Woolfe sent a free kick just over the Hyde bar minutes after a Hyde cross was flashed across the face of John Danby’s goal.
The Nomads were then denied by the Hyde keeper before Karl Jones playing in the Number 9 position turned on the edge of The Nomads’ box to send a strike inches over John Danby’s goal. The effort seemed to spark Hyde’s attacking play into life and they took good possession of the ball for the remainder of the half and were rewarded on the stroke of half time as Jones won a header within The Nomads’ box, heading down to Big Khamsuck, who smashed a volley through John Danby to give Hyde the lead on the half time mark.
HT 1-0 HYDE UNITED FC
The second half saw Quey make a couple of changes to their eleven and they started brightly. In the opening ten minutes they forced a good save out of Russ Saunders and the resulting corner was whipped in by Nathan Woolfe but the attacking desire of Jay Owen and George Horan saw them collide with two Hyde defenders as they both lunged to head the ball and the referee gave Hyde a free kick.
On 60 minutes Hyde doubled their lead. As Nomads full back Kai Edwards stepped forwards in the left back position, his forward ball was intercepted and found its way to Tom Pratt who was free inside The Nomads’ box and he had time to hit a left-footed half volley beyond John Danby to give the Tigers a deserved a two-goal advantage.
On 65 minuted Hyde nearly made it three when Big Khamsuk ran on to an undercut back pass and was only denied through an excellent save when one on one with The Nomads keeper. Big really should have had a hat trick on the day.
In the 76th minute, The Nomads found their way back into the game as Jay Owen broke down the right side of the Hyde box and found George Horan centrally, who bundled the ball into the net to make the scoreline 2-1. The goal gave The Nomads the impetus in the final 14 minutes as they continued to attack, but it was not enough to claw back the home side as the referee signalled the end of the game.
FT 2-1 HYDE UNITED FC
Darren was extremely proud of the players in this very competitive pre season fixture played against a Welsh premier league side with experience of playing in the UEFA Europa League this season. Darren commented ¨Connah's Quey have a budget which is more than three times ours and they played a full strength side high on confidence, on the back of a thumping win at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday. I thought we were very organised and our set up and hard work frustrated them in all areas of the pitch. We have had a good pre season, and winning against high quality opposition in a tough physical game will allow our players to benefit from the time on the pitch and the confidence this brings. I am really pleased with how our preparations for the start of the season are going and expect that we will be ready come the 12th August at Scarborough¨
Updated 06:58 - 31 Jul 2017 by Mark Worthington