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11 months ago By Mark Worthington

Hyde's quality play bridges the gap


Hyde are definitely on the up, and the class contained within the squad was evident in this competitive pre season fixture to contest the Ray Stanley Memorial Shield against a Stalybridge Celtic side which contained a number of the squad who were playing in the Conference North less than 12 weeks ago.

Hyde set up 4-4-2 against Bridge who were in a 5-3-2 and it was the home side who looked sharp from the whistle, controlling the ball and the play in the opening exchanges.

Hyde took the lead when the Stalybridge keeper was slow off his line for a back pass, taking a heavy touch, allowing the Hyde No.10 to knick it off his toes before the keeper cleaned him out. The diminutive David Brown stepped up and fired the ball into the corner of the goals, sending the bridge keeper the wrong way. 1-0 Hyde

Paddy Miller had to leave the field following a slight knock to his ankle, and although Hyde should have scored a couple more, including a fantastic break away attack from a Bridge corner which had the Hyde No.10 shooting on goal after four passes and 4 seconds, forcing the Bridge keeper into making an outstanding save, it was Bridge who capitalised on some sloppy tracking of a midfield run on to a through ball which was fired home into the Hyde goal. 1-1

With half time approaching Hyde again broke through midfield, turning the flat and less than dynamic Stalybridge back five, allowing Ryan Ellison to run clear before curling the ball in from the right hand touch line where it was spilled into the goal by the Bridge keeper.


The second half saw several changes from Bridge, with them reverting to a 4-4-2, and a definite shift up in their general intensity and pace of play, but Hyde reacted well and continued to dominate the ball and the midfield with Janni Lipka in imperious form along side the very talented Timmy Raheem. Several half chances were created and it was no surprise when they extended their lead, with Timmy Raheem cleverly opening up the inside right channel to race into the box, beating the keeper, with his shot cannoning back off the bar before being clinically smashed home on the half volley by the left peg of Pete Boyle to make it 3-1 to Hyde and 3 in 3 for the young striker.

Bridge pulled one back to make it 3-2 following another moment where the boys switched off, but Hyde continued to play and scored their fourth through Karl Jones making it 4-2 with 15 minutes remaining. Players were rolled on, with Sanchez Payne catching the eye in midfield.

Although Stalybridge managed to score a third in the final 5 minutes through their excellent number 17, the game was never as close as the scoreline suggests.


Darren and his staff will be able to take a huge amount of positives from the game. The teams attacking play is very good, and they created ten (10) clear cut scoring opportunities. With Chris Sutherland & top scorer Matthew Beadle both missing through injury, we know there is still much more to come. In terms of the defence, they will not be happy with conceding three, but they were pre season errors which will be easy to put right and certainly they would not happen once the squad has completed another three weeks of training & organising, so we can look at this positively.

A number of excellent performances. Harry Coates is a majestic defender, and along side a confident back four he looked classy in both half's of the game. Ryan Ellison has started the season showing the quality he has after his development years at the Academy's of Manchester City & Sunderland, and I expect this to be a season of real achievement for the young man. Jack McConville shows huge talent and is a prospect from the Academy. Timmy Raheem made his first start after turning up at the ground on time, and he has pace, physical presence, masses of skill, which all add to the quality of the team. Key performance was Janni Lipka who sometime looks to be playing a different game.

SQUAD: 1st Half - Saunders, Ellison, McConville, Khamsuk, Coates, Miller (c) Lipka, Brown, Raheem, Parritt, Trialist : 2nd Half -Hickman, Hodges, Payne, Holt, Baker, Jones, Boyle, Trialist

Updated 20:10 - 15 Jul 2017 by Mark Worthington

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