Atherton Collieries' impassioned attempts to get a tough start to the season back on track were foiled once more during Tuesday night's clash with Hyde United. New signing Joe Adams, making his second appearance for the Colls, notched his first goal for the club to open the evenings affairs. Jordan Scanlon showcased his increasing maturity with a smart pass to the Welsh winger, who fired home from the edge of the box to give the Stripes a deserved lead.
However, with the Colls looking to extend their lead, it was the prolific Jack Redshaw who was on hand to equalize for Hyde. A long distance shot wasn't adequately cleared by the Black & Whites defense, and the experienced marksman was on hand to notch against the Colls once more.
Collsmen Joe Adams, Lewis Mansell and Jordan Scanlon continued to control the game despite the setback, and Joe Adams almost added a second to his tally with a fantastic wide free-kick that hit the bar from a difficult angle.
It became another evening of missed opportunities for the Colls, with a major chance squandered as Sam Waller produced a fantastic save to deny Jordan Scanlon from the penalty spot, Lewis Mansell being fouled to create the opportunity on the hour mark.
The same old story soon repeated itself, as Hyde went on to score the decisive goal within moments of the save. Another blocked shot landed perfectly at the feet of Jack Redshaw, who was more than happy to convert once more.
As the game wore on, the Colls fought tooth and nail for a deserved equalizer, with captain Jordan Fagbola joining the attack from defence alongside York City loanee Ethan Henderson reinforcing the front-line, though their efforts were to no avail as the Colls struggled to produce the killer final ball into the penalty box. Next up, the Colls return to cup action with a trip to NPL 1st Division East promotion challengers North Ferriby in the FA Trophy, and will be looking for a cup run to galvanize confidence and morale within the Skuna Stadium.Places are still available on Saturday's club coach to North Ferriby. Please contact Dave Wyche from the Colls Supporters Club, or the club through social media or email, to find out more informationThe Colls: Nico Defreitas-Hansen, Ben Rydel, Lewis Coulton (73' Josh Askew), Dylan Moonan, Jordan Fagbola, Jack Evans, Joe Adams, Sidi Fofana, Lewis Mansell, Jordan Scanlon, Nathan Caine (77' Ethan Henderson) - Subs (Unused): Mwiya Malumo, Jack Buckley Man of the Match: Joe Adams, sponsored by Altys Builders Merchants