Disappointing Daniels given a real Hyde-ing on their travels
Just when things were looking better, this happens. Stamford AFC suffered their biggest defeat in three seasons on Monday night when they were thrashed 7-1 away at Hyde United.
The Daniels were only trailing 2-0 at half time although in truth there was an element of fortune in that scoreline.
Reece Gray opened the scoring for Hyde who were relegated from the Conference North last season, and the year before that were playing in the Conference Premier.
However they have had a mixed start to life in the Evo-Stik NPL, winning four, drawing twice and losing four times to sit in seventh position.
Gray broke the deadlock in just the ninth minute, curling a shot past Richard Knight in the Stamford net from about six yards out after a nice pull back pass.
Hyde were showing their pedigree and should have been out of sight midway through the first half, but they missed two relatively easy efforts and Stamford’s scrambling defence managed to hack the ball off the line a couple of times with Knight beaten.
There was no stopping Hyde’s second of the evening though. Striker Scott Spencer received the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box in plenty of space and curled a shot into the top corner.
It was after the break where the came turned catastrophic for Stamford, conceding three goals in four minutes. It started with Hyde getting a slice of luck when a cross hit a Stamford defender and fell into the path of Gray to score his second of the night.
Two minutes later Spencer scored his second and by the 58th minute he had his hat-trick.
Lee Neville curled in an excellent free kick in with 18 minutes remaining to make it a half dozen goals.
Stamford pulled a goal back from the penalty spot through Ryan Robbins three minutes later, after a tug on a shirt, but it was merely a consolation score at that point.
Substitute Ayrton Bevins completed the route seven minutes from time.