A Connor Jennings second half header was enough to claim all three points as County won at Ewen Fields to start the New Year with a bang. On the back of a superb performance from every player, the on loan striker notched yet another goal, young keeper Ian Ormson was in great form making several good saves including one breathtaking tip around the post early in the second half to deny former County player David Poole.
The Hatters started the game well with Jon Nolan almost grabbing a goal in the first minute, his shot after a driving run just clearing the bar. Tom Collins, clearly enjoying a run in the team, won a free kick after he was caught late as he raced down the right wing, Matt Mainwaring's clipped free kick cleared by a packed defence.
The home side, showing why they have such a good home record, had early chances as Ryan Crowther's pass to Scott Spencer saw Ian Ormson called into action, Alex Brown's scuffed shot also saved by the young County keeper.
The action switched from end to end as both sides looked for the crucial opening goal, Collins's mazy run saw him upended in the box with no penalty given, from another Hyde corner Scott Spencer's diving header was collected by Ormson, Kyle Brownhill's break down the left ended with a shot just over the cross bar whilst Ormson made a goal saving block to deny Spencer, Brown's follow up shot being cleared.
Another good save from Ormson kept the scores level as he dived bravely at the feet of Spencer to deny the England C striker. The Hatters best chance of the half fell to Alex Kenyon who blasted his effort wide, after neat build up play from Collins and Jennings.
Crowther, who had been a constant threat was replaced by another former County player Poole after picking up a knock as the half time whistle approached.
HT: Hyde FC 0 Stockport County 0
The visitors almost took the lead in the first minute of the second half, Ormson saving brilliantly from Poole's shot from distance, tipping away for a corner kick.
County began to take a foothold in the game with some neat play and determined tackling, Jennings missing an opportunity as his first touch let him down from a neat pass from Mainwaring.
With much of the play in their own half the home side were now playing on the break but still showing they were a force, Spencer's shot from distance going just wide of the target, whilst Poole's effort was saved well by Ormson.
The breakthrough came after Danny Whitehead's neat pass found Kenyon, the midfielders strike being tipped away for a corner kick from which Jennings converted to send the majority of the crowd into raptures. Collin's pinpoint corner being deftly headed into the corner for the on loan strikers 6th goal in 9 games to the delight of the massive blue & white army on three sides of the ground.
Sam Sheridan replacing Collins before the game restarted, Nolan moving out to the right hand side to accommodate him.
The Hatters, clearly lifted by the goal, went in search of the killer second, Brownhill and Mainwaring combining well on the left, the latter's effort only finding the hands of the Hyde keeper.
The young county fullback was thoroughly enjoying himself, his clever play creating a crossing opportunity which went begging. Jennings almost doubled his tally with an effort that just cleared David Carnell's bar.
In a flurry of substitutions Craig Hobson replaced Whitehead whilst Callum Byrne and Phil Jevons replaced Chris Sedgwick and Matt Blinkhorn, County looking to replace tired legs the home side looking for more fire power.
Both sides had late chances, Poole's cross deflected for a corner, Jennings with another effort saved by Carnell before Ormson had the last word with another brave save to deny Spencer a late point.
FT: Hyde FC 0 Stockport County 1 (Jennings)
Starting XI: Ormson, Connor, Tunnicliffe, Whitehead (Hobson), Kenyon, Collins (Sheridan), Brownhill, Nolan, Fagbola, Mainwaring, Jennings.
Subs: Smith, O'Donnell, Hattersley, Hobson, Sheridan.
ATT: 2,540 (1,977)