Monday 5th December 2011
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Andrew Pearson, Danny Hall, David Birch (Tunji Moses), Chris Worsley, Callum Byrne (Sean Williams), Danny Broadbent, Scott Spencer, David Poole. Subs not used: Matthew Berkeley, Gianluca Havern, Nathan Martin.
Eastwood Town: Not available
Hyde claimed 3 points with a comfortable win over a beleagured Eastwood Town side.
The visitors were the first team to take points off the Tigers earlier this season but a repeat never looked likely as Hyde should have won by more goals.
Hyde welcomed back Danny Broadbent up front in place on Tom Fisher in the only change from Saturday’s controversial draw at Worcester.
On a cold wintery night it was Hyde who were on the front foot immediatly as Adam Griffin’s maurading runs down the left were causing all sorts of problems, and it was from this that Broadbent should have scored but he volleyed over when well placed.
Josh Burge tried to lob Carnell in a rare Eastwood attack but the Hyde stopper plucked the ball out of the air.
Hyde finally took the lead after Andy Pearson burst forward from centre back and played a gorgeous through ball to Chris Worsley who went through one on one with James Severn and finished calmly to score his first goal for the club.
Despite all their possession the Tigers only had one goal to show for it at half-time but that soon changed as Hyde came out all guns blazing in the second period. David Poole’s initial shot was cleared off the line but the visitors couldn’t get the ball clear and Broadbent’s superb cross was met by a great volley from the former Stockport man.
It wasn’t long before a third goal arrived as Scott Spencer ran on to a through ball and gave Severn no chance as he scored his first goal since September.
Broadbent then had a shot saved, and from the resulting corner Danny Hall’s flick towards goal was again cleared off the line as the visitors goal led a charmed life.
Worsley then got his second and Hyde’s fourth after great unselfish play from Poole who laid the ball on a plate for the midfielder.
The redundant David Carnell then had to be called into action to save brilliantly from Jervais Christie.
Worsley was then denied his hat-trick as Severn produced a wonder save to somehow block from point blank range and Broadbent’s follow-up was somehow cleared off the line again.
Eastwood did pull one back in injury time when substitute Luke Edwards ran through and finished well, although there was still time for Adam Griffin to crash a shot off the bar to keep Hyde clear at the top of the pile.