HYDE UNITED FC 2-1 BAMBER BRIDGE FC
1 down 10 to go as Hyde cross Bamber Bridge off the list
Hyde were determined to bounce back following the unexpected result on Tuesday at Ossett Albion, and Bamber Bridge also needed to push for maximum points after their home draw to Droylsden on the same night. The result was a nervy opening 45 minutes with both teams looking well below the sides who have played so well through the majority of the season.
Neither side started well, and the ball spent more time being lost than it was in possession. It took a moment of individual brilliance from Luke Porritt to spark any life into the game, running at pace onto a pinpoint Janni Lipka pass in the 18th minute before outpacing the Bamber No.2, cutting inside and showing great composure to lift his head and fire a fierce shot through the keeper from an acute angle. 1-0 Hyde United FC
Hyde enjoyed a little more of the ball, but in reality it was a tense game, and with the first half clock running down, Bamber capitalised on a mix up at the back to allow them to draw level with the forward running clear onto a long ball from the keeper to slot home past the stranded Peter Crook in the Hyde goal. 1-1
The second half was such more like it from the Tigers. There was a period of real domination against this extremely talented Bamber Bridge side, with 10 - 15 minutes spent almost entirely in the Bamber Bridge half with seven corners and two excellent blocks keeping out goal bound shots from Paddy Miller and Max Leonard. On 25 minutes Hyde took the lead again when a corner from the left by Janni Lipka was headed home off the inside of the post by the tower Tyrone Gay. 2-1 Tigers
Darren made changes with Big Khamsuk, Dom Marie & David Brown replacing Gilchrest, Leonard & Jones, and the boys kept strong through the final 15 minutes plus seven minutes added time, to see the points safely into the bag.
FT 2-1 HYDE UNITED FC
The back six (defence & midfield) were outstanding today, and Janni Lipka gave a midfield masterclass along side the outstanding Ross Daley. Janni is a player with time and energy, and he clearly thrives in the pressured environment we find ourselves in, standing out as MOM.
Our 15th Home win of the season was a fantastic reward for this fearless group of players, earned against a very good and very talented Bamber Bridge side who clearly deserve to be in the fight for promotion. With Scarborough Athletic loosing their second home game in a week, the Tigers maintained their position on top of the EvoStik Division 1 North and go into the final 10 games with their destiny firmly in their own hands.
Finally, we must pay our respects to the mighty Tigers fans who turned out in large numbers (437) on this Manchester spring day with snow blizzards and temperatures at -2 during the game, but they continued to sing and encourage for 90 minutes, helping to secure the win, and joining the players as they push forward towards the prize at end of the season.
WELL DONE #WEAREALLTIGERS