Wednesday 22nd August 2012
North West Youth Alliance Football League
Goals: West (2), George
The youth team travelled down the M62 on Wednesday night to take on Prescot Cables in their second away game of the season.
With the game less than 10 minutes old, the young Tigers should have been in front when Jake Hibbs put William George through who rounded the ‘keeper outside the box, only to see his shot cleared off the line.
Instead they found themselves 2 – 0 down with just over 20 minutes on the clock. The first came when a simple defensive mistake involved playing a square ball straight to the feet of the Prescot centre-forward who duly dispatched the ball into the Tigers’ goal.
The second followed soon after when the Hyde defence failed to deal with a hopeful cross from their left flank and allowed the home team striker to prod the ball home from 4 yards.
Hyde gradually started to get their game together and threatened the Prescot defence with some neat passing, although the final ball in the last third of the pitch was missing.
Hyde dominated the remainder of the half and on 38 minutes pulled a goal back through Ben Cooke who hit a fine effort past the hapless home ‘keeper following some neat work from George West.
Hyde started the second half on the front foot and went on to dominate the half from start to finish, impressively retaining possession in the first 2 thirds of the pitch but, as in the later stages of the first half. failed to produce a final ball time and again in the last third.
3 Hyde substitutions saw Rob Swallow replace William George, Cosmos Okeke replace Greg Street and Ben Steer on for Shane Bridges and on 67 minutes it was Swallow who struck the equaliser.
A cross from the right was helped on by Cooke with Swallow making no mistake with his finish.
Hyde then pushed for a third with the home side seemingly settling for a draw, taking an eternity to get the ball back into play when it went out.
However, for all their dominance, the goal never materialised and instead in the fourth minute of time added the Tigers’ defence was again caught when a Hyde move was broken up just inside their half and, from the resulting header, the home side’s substitute, who had been on the pitch less than 10 minutes, found himself 5 yards the wrong side of his marker and raced through to claim all 3 points for Prescot.
A bitter pill to swallow for the young Tigers but as with the previous game against Abbey Hey, their dominance was undermined with some very poor defending and poor distribution in and around their opponents’ penalty area.