Saturday 13th December 2014
F.A. Trophy 1st Round
Hyde FC: Connor Hunt, Josh Brizell (D'Arcy O'Connor), Adam Blakeman, Alex McQuade, Matthew Flynn, Kelvin Lomax, Adam Thurston (Ryan Masterson), Luke Giverin, Tom Bentham (Erike Sousa), Ted Cribley, Louis Almond. Subs not used: George Riley, Rhys Day.
Spennymoor Town: McHugh, Griffiths, Mason, Dodds, Tait, Capper, McReady (Stephenson), Henry, Fisher (Roberts), Cogdon, Peacock (Ward) – SUBS NOT USED: Johnson, Groves.
Hyde are through to the second round after a clinical 4-2 victory over Spennymoor Town, and will be looking to keep up the momentum into the league. The Tigers started brilliantly, going 1-0 up after just four minutes thanks to a great goal from Ted Cribley who dribbled through the Spennymoor defence like they weren’t there, before slotting under Adam McHugh. Cribley seemed to stutter at one stage, not noticing that the Moors defence had parted like the Red Sea, but he kept running in pretty much a straight line unchallenged and finished well. Hyde pressed again and got their second through Tom Bentham after Luke Giverin hit a shot from 30 yards out that was deflected and McHugh could only parry it into the path of Bentham who tapped in from 6 yards out.
The Moors then gradually came into the game and started to attack the Hyde defence, with a Peacock free-kick causing no trouble for Connor Hunt. The away side again went close when Lewis Dodds picked up the ball just inside the area, but his shot fired over the bar and Hunt didn’t need to produce a save in the first half, but came and got his hand to two consecutive corners. The Tigers got their third and Cribley’s second after a pinpoint pass from Giverin found Louis Almond all alone on the left wing, leaving Almond to sprint at the Spennymoor fullback and shoot. Almond’s shot was spilled by McHugh to Cribley who looked like he’d score, but Joseph Tait blocked it straight into the path of Josh Brizell, whose shot was blocked again before ricocheting back to Cribley who slotted home into the bottom corner.
Ryan Masterson came on for the Tigers at half time and was involved instantly, sending over a pinpoint cross to Bentham to head home his second of the game. The Moors players heads then dropped and it looked like it’d be a case of how many for Hyde, but the post denied Luke Giverin in getting his first goal for the club, then Matt Flynn nearly got his, but McHugh saved with his head to deny the centre half.
Shane Henry nearly pulled a goal back for Spennymoor but Hunt saved emphatically, putting up a strong hand to parry it away and ease the pressure that the defence was soaking up. New signing Erike Sousa came on to make his first appearance for the club and nearly scored with his first touch, being played in by Cribley but McHugh made a great save to deny a dream debut for the young Portuguese midfielder.
Spennymoor did pull a goal back on the 84th minute through substitute Ian Ward who made a neat turn to create a bit of space and drill past Hunt, giving the away side hope with 6 minutes remaining plus injury time. To give credit to the Moors, they kept plugging away and went close to another with Gavin Cogdon firing wide, but they did get a second deep into injury time as Michael Roberts latched on to a poor back pass, skipping past Hunt to fire in. It was a case of too little, too late though for Spennymoor and the Tigers got the win for the third Saturday in a row, and recorded 3 wins in the last 4.
Manager Scott McNiven spoke to 26Nil after the game, saying: “Everyone said it’d be a banana skin, but the lads stood up and long may our run continue, we’ve got a bit of momentum and let’s hope we can keep it going.” Spennymoor Town assistant manager Gavin Fell said, “We’ve got to give credit to the boys for today, it’s a case of kicking on and concentrating on the league for us now.”