Moors Academy Extend Unbeaten Run

Moors Academy had to settle for a point on Wednesday afternoon but they did extend their impressive unbeaten run with a 2-2 draw away at Hyde United.

Matty Dolan’s youngsters have been in superb form in recent weeks, winning five games in a row, including an eye-catching win over league-leaders Durham last time out.

That confidence was on display in the early part of their game at Hyde when they went in front with just 14 minutes on the clock when Leighton Hope finished well after being put through on goal by Ethan Tate.

The home side regained a foothold in the game and enjoyed plenty of possession during the remainder of the first half, but Moors remained organised and afforded their hosts little in the way of scoring opportunities.

Hyde were the better side at the start of the second half too, but Moors sprung forward on the counter to score a brilliant second goal on 50 minutes. This time Zak Blair produced the telling pass and once again Hope finished clinically for 2-0.

Moors keeper Josh Brown was called upon to make a great save to protect the two-goal lead on the hour, but he was helpless to stop Hyde from grabbing one back on 69 minutes to make it 2-1.

The home team then began to really build the pressure and that told with 10 minutes remaining when Hyde worked a great set-piece on the edge of the box which was driven into the top corner, leaving Brown with no chance.

There could even have been a winner either way in the closing stages as a fantastic volley from Lewis Stapleton was brilliantly saved by the Hyde keeper before Brown produced a crucial point-blank save at the death to preserve a point for Moors.

“It was another great performance from the lads,” enthused Dolan afterwards.

“They looked a constant threat and kept a great shape with a fantastic work ethic right across the team, so I am pleased with them overall.

“Obviously, the lads were disappointed to concede two goals, but I think it shows how far they have come to be deflated not to win because Hyde were a good team.

“That’s six games unbeaten now and you can see the players taking on board the things that we’ve been asking from them and the effort they’re putting in is also evident, so they deserve the plaudits they’re getting at the moment.”

Full Time: Hyde United 2 Moors 2

Moors: Brown, Neely, Stapleton, Blair, Lynch (Oliver 46), Robinson, Yates, Tate, Fulton, Jackson, Hope.

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