Andy Pugh's four goals kept Cambridge United's automatic promotion hopes alive after demolishing relegated Hyde.

Josh Gillies headed the U's into the lead after just 54 seconds before David Poole levelled from six yards.

Pugh found the back of the net twice in two minutes before Ashley Chambers added a fourth with a left-foot shot.

The home side extended their lead twice more through Pugh, before Adam Thurston got a consolation and Matthew Barnes-Homer grabbed his first U's goal.

Victory leaves Cambridge trailing Conference Premier leaders Luton by 10 points with four games remaining.

The match was littered with defensive mistakes as boss Richard Money made seven changes to the home side's starting line-up.

Pugh, who had just two goals to his name prior to the start of the match, terrorised Hyde's defence, first bursting onto a brilliant through ball from Liam Hughes and lashing the ball in with his left foot.

His second was even better as he rode the challenges of two players before rounding keeper Chris Kettings and nestling the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

It took the 25-year-old just 90 seconds in the second half to complete his hat-trick as Hyde's static defence watched on as he chipped the ball over Kettings.

A couple of moments later he grabbed his fourth goal after good work from Gillies, who turned a couple of defenders before sending the ball across the face of the goal, and Pugh pounced to prod the ball into the back of the net.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Cambridge United

  • 13 Norris
  • 14 Tait
  • 02 Roberts
  • 04 Coulson
  • 05 Bonner
  • 24 Arnold (Sam-Yorke - 73' )
  • 18 Berry
  • 29 Gillies (Barnes-Homer - 72' )
  • 17 Hughes (Taylor - 83' )
  • 15 Pugh
  • 23 Chambers

Substitutes

  • 19 Sam-Yorke
  • 08 Champion
  • 39 Barnes-Homer
  • 03 Taylor
  • 06 Miller

Hyde

  • 20 Kettings
  • 24 McQuade Booked
  • 21 Blakeman
  • 12 Thurston
  • 17 Fitzgerald (Day - 52' )
  • 06 Tomsett
  • 08 Brown
  • 16 Thornton (Hughes - 67' )
  • 07 Poole (Pollard - 79' )
  • 18 Clark
  • 27 Walker

Substitutes

  • 23 Pollard
  • 11 Hughes
  • 29 Day
  • 19 McNiven
  • 30 Kirby
Ref: Colin Lymer
Att: 2,804

Match Stats

Shots

16 14

On target

10 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cambridge United 7, Hyde FC 2.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cambridge United 7, Hyde FC 2.

90:00 +2:18 Booking

Booking Alex McQuade (Hyde FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:02

Foul by Alex McQuade (Hyde FC).

90:00 +2:02

Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:11

Foul by Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United).

90:00 +1:11

Jordan Clark (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

89:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 7, Hyde FC 2. Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Chambers.

87:13

Corner, Cambridge United.

85:12

Foul by Adam Blakeman (Hyde FC).

85:12

Matthew Barnes-Homer (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

84:53

Attempt blocked. Connor Hughes (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:22

Attempt missed. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

83:02

Offside, Cambridge United. Matthew Barnes-Homer tries a through ball, but Matthew Barnes-Homer is caught offside.

82:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Greg Taylor replaces Liam Hughes.

82:02

Offside, Cambridge United. Kevin Roberts tries a through ball, but Kevin Roberts is caught offside.

79:57

Corner, Hyde FC.

78:37

Corner, Hyde FC.

78:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hyde FC. Jake Pollard replaces David Poole because of an injury.

77:27

Attempt blocked. Regan Walker (Hyde FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

74:38

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Cambridge United).

74:38

Liam Tomsett (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

72:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Delano Sam-Yorke replaces Nathan Arnold.

71:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cambridge United. Matthew Barnes-Homer replaces Josh Gillies.

68:54

Foul by Regan Walker (Hyde FC).

68:54

Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

68:14

Foul by Rhys Day (Hyde FC).

68:14

Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

67:36

Attempt missed. Connor Hughes (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

67:10

Foul by Adam Blakeman (Hyde FC).

67:10

Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

66:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hyde FC. Connor Hughes replaces Darren Thornton.

65:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 6, Hyde FC 2. Adam Thurston (Hyde FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Clark with a cross.

64:56

Corner, Hyde FC.

62:10

Attempt missed. Alex Brown (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

61:29

Foul by Richard Tait (Cambridge United).

61:29

Darren Thornton (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

60:40

Attempt missed. Darren Thornton (Hyde FC) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

60:21

Attempt blocked. Jordan Clark (Hyde FC) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:29

Foul by Darren Thornton (Hyde FC).

58:29

Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

58:03

Attempt saved. David Poole (Hyde FC) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

56:13

Foul by Darren Thornton (Hyde FC).

56:13

Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

53:02

Offside, Cambridge United. Kevin Roberts tries a through ball, but Kevin Roberts is caught offside.

51:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hyde FC. Rhys Day replaces Andrew Fitzgerald.

50:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 6, Hyde FC 1. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Gillies.

49:55

Attempt missed. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

49:12

Foul by Liam Tomsett (Hyde FC).

49:12

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

48:16

Foul by Liam Hughes (Cambridge United).

48:16

Liam Tomsett (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

46:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 5, Hyde FC 1. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Hughes.

46:16

Attempt missed. Darren Thornton (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:49

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United).

45:49

Adam Blakeman (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Cambridge United 4, Hyde FC 1.

45:00 +1:49 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cambridge United 4, Hyde FC 1.

45:00 +1:30

Foul by Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United).

45:00 +1:30

Jordan Clark (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

45:00 +1:16

Offside, Cambridge United. Tom Bonner tries a through ball, but Tom Bonner is caught offside.

45:00 +1:00

Attempt blocked. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:42

Corner, Cambridge United.

45:00 +0:17

Corner, Cambridge United.

43:51

Corner, Cambridge United.

41:10

Attempt missed. Regan Walker (Hyde FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

40:25

Attempt missed. Kevin Roberts (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

39:51

Corner, Cambridge United.

38:29

Foul by Alex Brown (Hyde FC).

38:29

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

37:18

Foul by Andy Pugh (Cambridge United).

37:18

Liam Tomsett (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

36:03

Attempt saved. Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

35:10

Foul by Darren Thornton (Hyde FC).

35:10

Nathan Arnold (Cambridge United) wins a free kick.

31:48

Attempt saved. Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

25:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 4, Hyde FC 1. Ashley Chambers (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Pugh.

24:40

Foul by Tom Bonner (Cambridge United).

24:40

Liam Tomsett (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

21:29

Corner, Cambridge United.

21:10

Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

19:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 3, Hyde FC 1. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

17:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 2, Hyde FC 1. Andy Pugh (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Hughes.

17:02

Attempt blocked. Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:14

Offside, Hyde FC. David Poole tries a through ball, but David Poole is caught offside.

12:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 1, Hyde FC 1. David Poole (Hyde FC) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Blakeman with a cross.

12:22

Corner, Hyde FC.

12:04

Attempt blocked. Alex Brown (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

9:58

Attempt missed. Liam Tomsett (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:56

Corner, Hyde FC.

8:22

Corner, Hyde FC.

7:57

Foul by Andy Pugh (Cambridge United).

7:57

Alex McQuade (Hyde FC) wins a free kick.

7:18

Offside, Cambridge United. Nathan Arnold tries a through ball, but Nathan Arnold is caught offside.

5:16

Attempt missed. Jordan Clark (Hyde FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

1:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cambridge United 1, Hyde FC 0. Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Arnold with a cross.

0:54

Corner, Cambridge United.

0:31

Josh Gillies (Cambridge United) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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