A first half Danny Lloyd penalty and Michael Clarke header were enough to see the Evostik North team put to rest in a comfortable FA Cup tie.
Gannon named a strong side as County took on Hyde United, the Evostik division 1 team who’d made it to the current round without conceding a goal so far. Despite the gap between the two teams in terms of standing in the non-league pyramid, the first 25 minutes appeared an evenly matched affair with County slightly edging proceedings without having anything to show for it.
With only a couple of half chances so far (a Montrose volley and a Lloyd strike) County were awarded a penalty for a shirt pull on Scott Spencer, much to the anger and frustration of the Hyde players and supporters (watch the highlights – there’s a clear pull and they’ve been given before). Danny Lloyd duly put the penalty into the bottom corner and County were 1-0 up.
Only 10 minutes later, County had their second courtesy of a Michael Clarke header at the back post. The defender ghosted in at the back post following an inswinging corner to ensure that County went into break in a commanding position.
HT: County 2-0 Hyde
The second half was a comfortable affair for the Hatters and the plucky Hyde United never really looked like they were going to score. The County defence limiting them and ensuring Hinchliffe didn’t have a save to make.
At the other end, County did have plenty of chances to increase their tally and it was only thanks to some good saves and horrendous misses (See Amos and Ball’s chances) that the score line remained respectable.
Shout out to the Hyde fans too, for their bizarre abuse for Scott Spencer, a player that has served their club well over a number of years was called a w*nker and booed by the majority of their support following his substitution. Presumably for being fouled in the first half.
FT: County 2-0 Hyde United
Starting XI: Hinchliffe, Duxbury, Minihan, Clarke, Ross, Montrose, Ball, Lloyd, Meopen-Walters, Spencer, Odejayi
Subs: Stopforth, Amis, Marsden
Scorers: Clarke, Lloyd (p)