Tuesday 5th August 2014
Pre Season Friendly
HYDE 3 FC UNITED 4
Attendance: It appears nobody can be arsed giving it out?
Admission: 7 quid, they're a lot keener on this aspect of efficiency.
Programme: £1 (few pages)
Tea Hut Stuff: Rather nice Meat and Potato Pie, impressed... £2.20
Weather: Fine and mild evening, some late sunny spells
Parking: The small car park was full, side street opposite the leisure centre.
If you are going to give out a free limited number of official team sheets kindly be decent enough to give them to the mugs who've paid for a programme. Especially if its one of the lesser sized pre season friendly programmes with not a lot in it. I was well miffed off to find casual strollers entering the main stand ten minutes before kick off picking up the freebies without any interest in what had been casually thrust upon them, not like the odd few numpties like me who had actually bothered to support the clubs revenue by buying what they deemed to be an official 'programme' early doors.
No pics tonight and no glorified ground review, been here before like lots and lots of other non league folk. Like it or lump it, Ewen Fields is a nice Conference North stadium with an excellent playing surface but the tab appears to be Man City branding of the first degree, the Eastlands playboys have an interest here and its plain to see, say no more. At least Hyde still have red shirts... the rest of the place is a worship to the colour blue.
After a tough season last time around me and many others in a decent sized crowd were somewhat surprised to witness Hyde take a shock 3-0 lead within 13 minutes of the kick off. To be honest they could have even bagged a couple more in that first half.
FC United didn't really play badly in that early period they just looked a little ring rusty at the back. They zipped the ball about no-problem over the rest of the pitch and created some decent looking chances.
The second half brought about a completely different profile to the proceedings. The revived intensity of the visitors game plan totally wiped out any Hyde resistance and the home side quickly faded from being a lasting threat. This allowed FC United to over run the midfield and set up Jerome Wright and Mr Norton to portray their endless catalogue of tricks.
It was a very impressive FC comeback. It finished 3-4 but despite some missed chances of their own in that disheveled first period Hyde got away somewhat lucky to not lose this match by a cricket score.
One has to fear the worst for Hyde in the Conference North on this second half performance, as for FC United they played some really good football (if only in parts) and I reckon they are certainly looking like a strong top four side for the EvoStik NPL Premier.