Saturday 17th December 2011
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Danny Hall, Gianluca Havern (Harry Winter), Andrew Pearson, Tunji Moses, Callum Byrne (Sean Williams), Danny Broadbent, Scott Spencer, Reece Gray (Ashley Kelly). Subs not used: Nathan Martin, Matthew Berkeley.
Vauxhall Motors: Tynan, Fearnehough, Lawless, Hannigan, Jones, Burke, Mahon, Lacey, McGivern, Holsgrove (Benn), Stockton. Subs not used: Bennett, Glover, Kasbarian
Hyde went 8 points clear with this victory over Vauxhall Motors thanks to a 4 goal salvo from Scott Spencer.
The prolific marksman opened the scoring after just 5 minutes, latching onto a through ball and comfortably beating Scott Tynan.
He could have had the Tigers 3 up in no time as Tynan kept his side in the game.
They did go further ahead however on 18 minutes when Danny Broadbent’s teasing cross wasn’t dealt with and Spencer headed in his second.
Just 4 minutes later the Moterman were back in it as Patrick Lacey was left free on the edge of the area to drill home, and Cole Stockton could have levelled matters but his shot was parried by David Carnell.
Debutant Reece Gray produced a great bit of skill to get himself in on goal but his shot lacked power and it didn’t trouble Tynan.
The second half was more or less the same as the first with Hyde having most of the game and Spencer grabbed his hat-trick, expertly volleying home on the rebound after Andy Pearson’s 20-yarder had rattled the crossbar.
Carnell then held on well to another Lacey effort and Tynan thwarted Spencer at the other end.
There were some nervy moments for Hyde when Leighton McGivern volleyed home to reduce the arrears once more but Spencer finally put the result beyond doubt as another through ball, this time from Sean Williams, put him through on goal and he once again finished emphatically.
After the match, Gary Lowe told Luke Edwards:
“I think we played very well and could have been well clear at half-time, but we got sloppy and gave a bad goal away.
“It wasn’t the nicest dressing room at half-time as we should have been clear. At times I think it got too easy for us and we switched off. When one or two get sloppy it starts to spread through the team, but at the end of the day it’s 3 points so I’m pleased.
“Scott Spencer could have had 6 or 7 today on his own but it’s the mark of a good striker and a skill to keep getting into those goalscoring positions. 4 goals in any game is a great achievement.”
Looking ahead to the big derby games with Stalybridge Celtic over Christmas and new year, the gaffer said: ”It’s a fantastic game for Tameside and also for both clubs. They’re both loving the rivalrly and they should be 2 great occasions.”