Hyde 0-3 Worcester City
Vanarama Conference North
WORCESTER City secured their fifth win on the spin with another impressive away day display at Hyde last night (Monday) .
Michael Taylor, Mike Symons and the impressive Tristan Dunkley inflicted the damage to earn the Blue and Whites their third successive 3-0 victory and lift them up to eighth in the Vanarama Conference North.
The game, which came 48 hours after City’s FA Trophy win over Barrow, could have panned out differently but Connor Hughes failed to dispatch his penalty with the score at 1-0 to Worcester.
With one eye on Sunday’s crunch FA Cup game with Scunthorpe, Carl Heeley tinkered with his line-up, drafting in Taylor and Dunkley, while Jose Veiga was a last minute replacement for Nathan Vaughan, who injured his neck in the warm-up.
George Williams, Daniel Nti and Jordan Murphy were all left at home for the trip to Manchester.
Nick Wright had an effort cleared off the line in the early stages before Taylor marked his first start since returning to the club with a goal after 13 minutes.
Sean Geddes whipped in an inch-perfect free-kick to the arriving striker who powered his header past Connor Hunt to give the visitors the lead.
Hyde had failed to pick up a league win since September 20, the last time Heeley’s side tasted defeat, and after Hughes hit his spot-kick against the post, Worcester took control.
Dunkley was superbly denied by Hunt as the half drew to a close and when Symons was introduced into the action at the break his presence made an immediate impact.
The striker beat the offside trap and chipped a superb second 20 minutes into the second period.
If any performance deserved a goal it was that of Dunkley, the young winger was a constant threat throughout and with 16 minutes left his deflected effort sealed the game and put City within three points of a play-off spot.