Match Report: Hyde 3 Grimsby Town 2
GRIMSBY Town's proud unbeaten run away from home ended with a humbling 3-2 defeat at the hands of Hyde FC at Ewan Fields last night.
The hosts scored two in a horrendous 20 minutes for Town and, despite a comeback thanks to two goals from Ross Hannah, Town slipped to defeat in Manchester after a deflected Alex Brown winner.
Joint bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst named a largely unchanged side from Saturday's win over Tamworth with Shaun Pearson and Andy Cook replacing Ian Miller and Anthony Elding respectively.
The hosts started well, and when Ryan Crowther swung a high, looping cross in, James McKeown came out to collect but fumbled the ball onto the head of Alex Brown and the ball trickled over the line to give the Tigers a shock lead with less than four minutes on the clock.
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Town looked for a quick reply and Aswad Thomas made a burst down the left hand side. His pull-back was parried out by Adam Frith but no one in a black and white shirt reacted quick enough and the chance was gone.
Frith was called into action minutes later when he rushed off his line to head off the run of Cook, however, the young frontman got there first and poked the ball around him, however, his attempts to find the waiting Ross Hannah were poor and his cross flew harmlessly over the bar.
The Mariners were rattled and when a free-kick wasn't properly cleared the ball found its way to Scott Spencer free in the box, but to the relief of the travelling Town fans he could only drag wide.
The home fans, and perhaps those in the away end, thought Hyde had doubled their lead minutes later when Spencer's chip looked to have beaten McKeown however, it drifted just wide.
If that was a warning, Town certainly didn't heed it and they were 2-0 down soonafter.
A ball across the box bobbled under the foot of Bradley Wood and Crowther slid in to steer the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
It had been a horror start for the Mariners who were desperate to get themselves back into the game. Joe Colbeck's cross found Cook in the box with a low cross but the frontman's stooping header flew wide.
On the half-hour, Derek Niven was replaced by Andi Thanoj. The Scot was less than impressed as he made his way off the field but, in truth, he had endured a torrid start in the middle of the park and a change was needed.
Nathan Pond was booked for a frustrated foul and from the resulting free kick, Matthew Blinkhorn nearly made it three but could not quite latch on to Cassidy's pass.
But Town pushed hard for a goal to give them a foothold in the game and they had it on the stroke of half-time.
Hannah latched on to a long ball and looked to go round the advancing keeper but Frith got a hand on it and the chance looked to have gone. However, Hannah turned and fired high into the roof of the net to give his side a priceless goal and, seconds later, referee Joyce brought the half to a close.
Town were out early for the restart, perhaps after a half-time dressing down from Scott and Hurst.
And they fashioned the first real opening of the half when Marshall was set free by Wood, however the Bury man was eventually hounded out by the Hyde back four and Town had to start again.
Town were now moving the ball with more pace and purpose than they were in the first and forced a corner soon after the restart.
Nathan Pond got up highest at the back and nodded down to Hannah who grabbed his second of the game at the far post.
It was far from pretty, but Town didn't care; they were on terms and now pushing for a third.
Cook raced through seconds later and drove just wide of the left-hand post as the visitors took a stranglehold on the game.
A clever one-two between Colbeck and Disley brought their next chance to pull ahead, but the skipper could only fire wide from just inside the area, while minutes later Thanoj brought a smart save from Frith with a powerful side-footed effort.
If any side looked likely to get a third it was the visitors but when the ball fell to Brown on the edge of the area and his shot deflected off Thomas as Hyde regained the lead.
Scott and Hurst responded by bringing on Greg Pearson for Cook as Town looked for another equaliser.
But at the other end, Spencer, under pressure from Pearson, turned and skewed a shot over the bar and was soon subbed as Hyde looked to see out the game.
Colbeck had a good chance to equalise in the final throes of the game but he could only lift over the bar, and the stand behind the goal when free in the area.
Town will be looking to bounce back when they welcome Woking to Blundell Park on Saturday (3pm).
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