Wednesday 26th December 2012
Stockport County: Ormson, Halls (Nolan), Connor, Tunnicliffe, Kenyon, Collins, Hobson, Fagbola, Mainwaring, Jennings, Holden (Whitehead). Unused subs: Smith, Hattersley, Sheridan.
Hyde FC: David Carnell, Josh Brizell, Adam Griffin, Kelvin Lomax, Luke Ashworth, Liam Tomsett, David Poole (Alex Brown), Chris Sedgwick, Scott Spencer, Matthew Blinkhorn (Tunji Moses), Ryan Crowther (Callum Byrne). Subs not used: Ben Dennis, Matthew Harris.
Scott McNiven hailed a “magnificent” first half as Hyde travelled to Edgeley Park and defeated Stockport County 2-0.
It was set pieces, and corners in particular, that were Stockport’s undoing, with Adam Griffin, on his first appearance back at his old club, and Chris Sedgwick profiting.
The visitors almost took the lead as early as the first minute, Josh Brizell hit a pass down the right flank to Scott Spencer, the striker tucked inside and laid off Liam Tomsett who fires narrowly wide.
Two minutes later and was the hosts turn to threaten, plenty of half chances fell their was as the ball pinballed around the box but Hyde managed to clear.
A few minutes later and the opener was hit, to the jubilation of the 315 travelling fans.
Griffin hit an in-swinging corner that somehow snuck in at the near post, with celebrations from the Hyde captain muted out of respect.
Matthew Blinkhorn and Scott Spencer showed neat inplay five minutes later, with the later hitting a left footed shot from 25 yards that was very unconvincingly saved by Ian Ormson.
On 20 minutes Hyde did have their second, Griffin’s corner was flicked on to the back post where Chris Sedgwick was on hand to bundle it in.
Stockport did enjoy a little pressure in the remainder of the first half, but Hobson and Collins couldn’t find a way through, and it looked more likely that the Hyde lead would be stretched.
Spencer hit a spectacular shot mid-way through the half, but his dipping effort from 30 yards was brilliantly turned over by Ormson.
Five minutes later Griffin’s shot come cross dipped suddenly, but Ormson again produced a stunning diving save.
The second half started with an incisive Stockport breakaway that was brought to an end courtesy of an offside flag, and a further near chance came when Carnell failed to gather a corner but the Defence cleared well.
A Blinkhorn snap snot was well kept out on 61 minutes while Tomsett was denied a little over ten minutes later; at the other end Hobson, Collins and Connor Jennings were all denied by Carnell.
Hyde always seemed in control of proceedings, and after dominating the first half did enough to contain their hosts in the second.
It is now onto Southport on Saturday, before the return fixture with Stockport on New Years Day.