Saturday 12th April 2014
Cambridge United: Norris, Tait, Roberts, Coulson, Bonner, Arnold (Sam-Yorke), Berry, Gillies (Barnes-Homer), Hughes (Taylor), Pugh, Chambers. Subs Not Used: Champion, Miller.
Hyde FC: Chris Kettings, Adam Thurston, Adam Blakeman, Andrew Fitzgerald (Rhys Day), Alex McQuade, Liam Tomsett, David Poole (Jake Pollard), Alex Brown, Jordan Clark, Regan Walker, Darren Thornton (Connor Hughes). Subs not used: David McNiven, James Kirby.
Hyde were hit for seven at the R Costings stadium with Andy Pugh firing four goals
Injuries forced Scott McNiven's hand and he handed Andrew Fitzgerald his first start of the season at the heart of the defence alongside Alex McQuade. Any hopes Hyde had of frustrating the home side early one went out of the window after just a minute when Josh Gillies forced his way through but Chris Kettings tipped his shot on the post. From the resulting corner though Gillies got a run on his marker to head home. This sprung the Tigers into life and they forced a succession of corner from which David Poole netted his first goal of the season pouncing on a loose Josh Coulson clearance to fire home from inside the 6 yard box. Their joy wasn't to last long however as Pugh scored the first of his goals as he collected a Luke Berry dink to finish well. It was soon 3-1 when Fitzgerald misjudged the flight of the ball and allowed Pugh to nip in to comfortably beat Kettings. Hyde were stunned and were to go in further behind before the break when Ashley Chambers got the better of Kettings in a 50/50 and made the finish into the empty net look so simple. Anyone who though the home side might ease up had to think again as Pugh got the better of Fitzgerald to slam home his hat-trick and it was soon six when Chambers shot was well saved by Kettings but Pugh was on hand to finish for his fourth goal of the afternoon and Cambridge's sixth. The goal glut continued but this time it was the Tigers who got on the scoresheet as Adam Thurston scored his first goal of the season from a corner as he finished expertly from Alex McQuade's flick on to give the 29 travelling fans some cheer. Hyde had their best period of the game after that but it was Cambridge who rounded off the scoring with substitute Matthew Barnes-Homer scoring the pick of the bunch and he curled a great effort into the top corner to pile more misery on Hyde.