A Scrappy Three Points....

Hythe Town 1 Littlehampton Town 0

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Tuesday 27th February 2024

 

Hythe managed to cling on to a narrow lead and take three points at home to Littlehampton Town at Reachfields on Tuesday night. Manager Steve Watt, who was unable to attend the match, made five changes from the 7-2 defeat to Chatham Town in the Kent Senior Cup, as Jake Embery, Frannie Collin, Jack Steventon, Kai Garande and Kian Garlinge all returned to the starting eleven.

 

The game started in Hythe's favour as, in the eighth minute, Johan Caney-Bryan hit a powerful looping shot past the outstretched palm of goalkeeper James Binfield into the top corner, giving Hythe a 1-0 lead. On 23 minutes, a ball was played forward to Jake Embery on the counterattack, before it was squared to Ethan Smith, who burst forward past the Littlehampton defence and hurriedly sent a shot goalwards, dragging it just wide of the post. Chances were at a premium, particularly for the visitors, who struggled to get a foothold in the game. With just a minute of the first half remaining, Hythe almost made it two, as a Frannie Collin free kick was sent in and was headed on, with Jack Steventon sticking a foot out, but he was unable to direct the ball into the back of the net, as it flew wide.

 

The second half began with the visitors dominating and Hythe struggling to get the ball out of their own half. However, the first meaningful chance of the half went Hythe's way when the ball was up in the air in the penalty box. Frannie Collin attempted an ambitious overhead kick, which was eventually blocked and went out for a corner, which came to nothing. The half continued as it had started, with Littlehampton piling on the pressure but not managing to break past the Cannons' defence. It wasn't until injury time that Hythe had another chance to make it 2-0, when Josh Wisson pounced on a loose ball and drove a shot towards goal, which James Binfield managed to get a hand to and send wide. Despite this, the visitors managed to create their best opportunity of the game in the dying moments, as Binfield sent a long free kick into the path of Brad Dolaghan - his shot was met by the hand of Jack West-Astuti, who kept the ball from going in.

 

The full-time whistle blew to mark a much-needed three points for Hythe in their race for the play-offs. The Cannons will face a tough challenge on Saturday as they travel to 5th placed side Herne Bay at 3pm.

 

Team: Jack West-Astuti, Liam Smith, Kai Garande, Jack Steventon. Lex Allan, Ethan Smith, Aaron Barnes, Kian Garlinge (Josh Wisson 36 mins), Johan Caney-Bryan, Frannie Collin, Jake Embery (Kane Phillip 86 mins). Subs Unused: Josh Stirman, Jarred Trespaderne.

 

Scorer: Hythe Town – Johan Caney-Bryan 8 mins.

 

Yellow Card: Ethan Smith 79 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 142

Match Gallery v Chatham Town...

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Cannons dumped out of Cup...

Chatham Town 7 Hythe Town 2

Kent Senior Cup Quarter-Final

Tuesday 20th February 2024

 

A patched-up Hythe Town team were given a lesson in finishing as they went down 7-2 and were dumped out of the Kent Senior Cup by in-form Chatham Town on a mild Tuesday evening.

 

Steve Watt rested a number of players with Josh Wisson cup tied, Jack Steventon, Frannie Collin and Jake Embery on the bench and Bradley Schafer injured. He brought Josh Stirman and Harry Rowland into the starting line up with Kane Phillip and Ethan Smith returning from suspension. Chatham played a very strong side so things were going to be difficult for the visitors.

 

The first eleven minutes the Isthmian Premier League side bombarded the Hythe goal. On three minutes the taste of things to come as a cross from Miquel Scarlett was headed over by Jamie Yola. They were ahead on five minutes as Jack Evans broke through and slotted the ball past Hythe keeper Jack West-Astuti to make it 1-0. The onslaught continued and one minute later it was two as Jordy Robins unleashed a shot from 25 yards that sailed into the top corner of the net.

 

Things got even worse for Hythe on eleven minutes when Jamie Yila carved through the Hythe defence and buried the ball in the back of the net to make it three. To their credit the shell-shocked Cannons refused to lie down and pulled a goal back when the ever-dangerous Troy Howard broke through and fired home past home keeper Dan Ellis. This started a bright spell for Hythe as they looked to get back in the game. Aaron Barnes was to unleash a shot that at full stretch was palmed wide by Ellis and then Howard stole the ball off a Chatham defender but drilled his effort wide.

 

The continued pressure from Hythe paid off on 31 minutes when Aaron Barnes was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Johan Caney-Bryan who sent Ellis the wrong way and the gap was down to one. Howard could have brought the scores level, but his attempt was easily saved by Ellis.

 

Then came the two goals before half time that knock the stuffing out of Hythe as firstly on 38 minutes the away defence failed to clear the ball and Kareem Isiaka was quick to take advantage and hammered the ball home. On the stroke of half time Chatham got their fifth when the ball bounced around the Hythe penalty area finally ending with Reece Butler hooking home to make it 5-2.

 

The second half was quieter but started badly for Hythe as on 48 minutes West-Astuti let the ball under his body from a shot from Yila to make it six. Chatham continued to control the game and had a penalty appeal turned down by the referee and then Ashley Nzala got the ball in the net only to see the referee’s assistant waving his flag for offside.

 

Howard did have an opportunity to get one back for the Cannons, but his effort went just over the bar. The hosts were to rub salt in the Cannons wound in the last minute when the ball found its way to Nzala who thread a shot past West-Astuti to make it 7-2.

 

The result marked the end of Hythe’s Cup season in which they have had their share of success, so it was a little disappointing to finish with such a heavy defeat. As the cliché goes, they can now concentrate on their push for the play-offs beginning on Saturday when they entertain Sittingbourne. Kick off at Reachfields will be 3pm.

 

Team: Jack West-Astuti, Liam Smith (Jack Steventon 80 mins), Josh Stirman (Oscar Webb 76 mins), Jarred Trespaderne, Lex Allan, Harry Rowland, Troy Howard, Ethan Smith, Johan Caney-Bryan (Luke Russell 53 mins), Aaron Barnes, Kane Phillip. Subs Unused: Jake Embery, Frannie Collin.

 

Scorers: Chatham Town - Jack Evans 5 mins, Jordy Robins 6 mins, Jamie Yila 12 & 48 mins, Kareem Isiaka 38 mins, Reece Butler 45 mins, Ashley Nzala 90 mins. Hythe Town – Troy Howard 13 mins, Johan Caney-Bryan 31 min (pen).

 

Yellow Cards: Lex Allan 44 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 302

Match Gallery v Burgess Hill Town

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Never Say Die Cannons Late Comeback...

Burgess Hill Town 1 Hythe Town 2

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Saturday 17th February 2024

 

Two late goals gave the Cannons three points in a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon at Burgess Hill Town. This was despite being defied many times by the excellent performance of Burgess Hill Town keeper Taylor Seymour who denied Hythe a number of goals earlier in the game.

 

Steve Watt made a couple of changes from the team who played at Littlehampton last week with Liam Smith returning from suspension to replace Kian Garlinge who was unavailable and Bradley Schafer in for Marvin Hamilton.

 

The game started slowly with limited chances in the first half. The first opportunity fell to the hosts on 16 minutes as a shot 25 yards out by Callum Jenkins sailed high over the crossbar. Hythe had their first effort on 26 minutes as Troy Howard sent in the ball from the right hand side which flew over Seymour onto the roof of the net.

 

The deadlock was finally broken on 31 minutes as the hosts took the lead. A cross was swung in from the left, and the Hythe defence failed to clear with the ball falling to Kieron Rowe who fired home from inside the penalty area. Just before the break Seymour was on hand twice in quick succession to maintain the home lead at half-time. Both were from corners by Frannie Collin with the first headed towards goal by Liam Smith and the second sent goalwards by Jack Steventon and in each case Seymour saved well.

 

The Cannons upped the tempo in the second half as they pushed for an equaliser. Liam Smith was to be denied again by Seymour and then on 42 minutes Howard was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Collin who sent the ball to Seymour’s left and the keeper duly saved. Howard was involved in the action again as he broke through the Hillians defence only to send his final effort wide.

 

The half was being dominated by the Cannons as they swept forward in numbers but they were nearly caught on the breakaway as Dan Perry worked his way through with his attempt blocked by Hythe keeper Jack West-Astuti who then seemed to bring a Burgess Hill player down but to the relief of the visitors the Referees Assistant was waving his flag for offside. Two more saves followed from Seymour as he saved a shot from Steventon and then from another header from Liam Smith.

 

Just as it felt like it wasn’t Hythe’s day, they got the equaliser on 80 minutes. Aaron Barnes charged down the left to finally cross into Johan Caney-Bryan who side footed home from close range. They did suffer one scare before the end. Harry Lawson crossed into Reece Hallard whose final effort went straight into the arms of West-Astuti.

 

However, it was the Cannons who, two minutes from time, sealed a deserved win as the Hillians failed to clear and Caney-Bryan was on hand to get his second and give Hythe all three points.

 

 

Hythe moved up to tenth place with still plenty of games in hand. They return to cup action on Tuesday as they travel to Chatham Town in the Kent Senior Cup Quarter Final. Kick off at Maidstone Road is 7:45pm.

 

Team: Jack West-Astuti, Liam Smith, Aaron Barnes, Jack Steventon, Lex Allan, Josh Wisson, Troy Howard, Bradley Schafer (Kane Phillip 45 min) (Jarred Trespaderne 87 mins), Johan Caney-Bryan, Frannie Collin, Jake Embery (Josh Stirman 90 mins). Subs Unused: Steve Phillips, Oscar Webb.

 

Scorers: Burgess Hill Town – Kieran Rowe 33 mins. Hythe Town – Johan Caney-Bryan 80 & 88 mins.

 

Yellow Cards: Johan Caney-Bryan 31 mins, Lex Allan 43 mins, Kane Phillip 45 mins, Aaron Barnes 56 mins.  

 

Attendance: 453. 


Match Gallery v Littlehampton Town...

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A thriller on the Sussex Coast....

Littlehampton Town 4 Hythe Town 4

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Saturday 10th February 2024

 

The Cannons were denied all three points as Littlehampton Town snatched a last gasp equaliser in a thrilling 4-4 draw down on the Sussex Coast.

 

Steve Watt had to make a number of enforced changes due to an ever-growing list of injuries as goalkeeper Steve Phillips, Sam Flisher, Bradley Schafer and Kai Garande were all out to be replaced by Jack West-Astuti, Marvin Hamilton and new signing from Lydd, Troy Howard. 

 

The game start with a goal after only two minutes as a Frannie Collin free-kick was whipped into the penalty area to find the head of Johan Caney-Bryan who made no mistake in putting Hythe into a one goal lead. Within six minutes the hosts were level as Jordan Layton fired home from 18 yards.

 

On ten minutes Littlehampton were ahead as Dave Herbert picked up the ball and slammed it into the back of the Hythe net. However, the fast and furious start to the game continued as the Littlehampton lead only lasted six minutes as a cross from the impressive debutant Howard found Caney-Bryan who slid in to put the ball into the net to make it 2-2.

 

The game continued to produced chance after chance at both ends with the hosts going close as the ever-dangerous Nodirbek Bobomurodov cut in and rifled an effort from the edge of the area against the underside of the crossbar. Littlehampton may consider themselves unlucky on half an hour as the referee waved away their appeals for a penalty and salt was rubbed in the wounds when another controversial decision at the other end saw Caney-Bryan sandwiched between two defenders and this time the referee pointed to the spot to the delight of the travelling Cannons. Up stepped the ever-reliable Collin who slotted his penalty into the left-hand corner of the net to make it 3-2.  

 

The second half started again with chances at both ends but it was Littlehampton who brought the scores level on 57 minutes as Bobomurodov finally got his reward as he unleashed an attempt from the right-hand side that flew into the far corner. The game continued to provide entertainment as the Cannons went ahead again on 69 minutes as a long throw from Jack Steventon was nodded on by Lex Allan finding Jake Embery who blasted the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

 

Hythe had a couple of opportunities to put the game out of the reach of Littlehampton as Howard broke through the home defence but sent his final effort over the bar and then Embery had an effort blocked with the rebound coming out to Josh Wisson whose shot rattled the crossbar. However, it was Littlehampton who had the last laugh deep into injury time as the ball came in from the right and was hooked in by Dion Jarvis to bring the scores level at 4-4.

 

Both sides had to settle for a point in what had been a pulsating game full of entertainment, but I think the Hythe players will see this as two points dropped rather than one gained.

 

Hythe are in action in Sussex again on Tuesday night when they visit Three Bridges in a league fixture when they will welcome back captain Liam Smith and Kane Phillip from suspension. Kick off will be 7:45pm.

 

Team: Jack West-Astuti, Troy Howard (Jarred Trespaderne 82 mins), Kian Garlinge, Jack Steventon, Lex Allan, Marvin Hamilton, Aaron Barnes (Luke Russell 56 mins), Josh Wisson, Johan Caney-Bryan, Frannie Collin, Jake Embery (Josh Stirman 89 mins). Subs Unused: Harry Rowland, Oscar Webb.

 

Scorers: Littlehampton Town - Jordan Layton 8 mins, Dave Herbert 10 mins, Nodirbek Bobomurodov 58 mins, Dion Jarvis 90 mins. Hythe Town – Johan Caney-Bryan 2 & 16 mins, Frannie Collin 35 mins (pen), Jake Embery 79 mins,

 

Yellow Cards: Kian Garlinge 79 mins, Johan Caney-Bryan 90 mins.

 

Attendance: 203. 


Highlights v Erith & Belvedere - Thanks to BKVP Sport...

Hythe Town v Erith & Belvedere

Pitching In Isthmian South-East

Tuesday 6th February 2024

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Woe for the Cannons....

Hythe Town 1 Erith & Belvedere 3

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Tuesday 6th February 2024

 

A lacklustre Hythe side were well beaten on a damp Tuesday night at Reachfields, as Erith & Belvedere came away with a 3-1 win. The suspended Steve Watt made one enforced change from the 2-2 draw against Ramsgate on Saturday, as the injured Aaron Barnes was replaced by Kian Garlinge, making his first start for Hythe.

 

The visitors had the first attempt of the match on four minutes, as Macey Malyon was through on goal, before Jack Steventon intercepted and cleared the ball away. On 12 minutes, it was Hythe who scored the opener from a corner, which was sent in from Frannie Collin and met by a diving header from Johan Caney-Bryan. The ball sailed in to make it 1-0 to the Cannons.

 

Unfortunately, things got worse from this point onwards - Erith managed to score three minutes later when Henry Arnold was free on the left wing, making a run forward with the ball. Sam Flisher tried to beat him to the goal but ended up pulling his hamstring, giving Arnold space to cross the ball into the path of Macey Malyon, who knocked the ball in to give the visitors the equaliser.

 

It wasn't long before they took the lead as, in the 19th minute, Henry Arnold received the ball, turned Josh Wisson inside-out and slotted the ball past Steve Phillips. It was almost three on 25 minutes when Hythe left too much space on the left-hand side, allowing Malyon to pick up the ball and dart forward, eventually firing his shot narrowly wide of the post.

 

Despite this, the Deres did make it 3-1 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, as a cross was knocked on by Malyon to Matt Neary, who tapped the ball in to make it 3-1 at half-time.

 

The second half began with a good chance for Hythe - Frannie Collin had the chance to shoot and drove his shot just wide of the target. Apart from this, there were no cutting-edge chances in the second period, as the two teams looked very even but were unable to create opportunities.

 

One positive for Hythe was substitute Luke Russell, who came on in the first half at full-back and played several superb first-time passes and crosses, as well as making some crucial interceptions and making some good runs.

 

The full-time whistle blew, and the Hythe players will surely feel that they had lost a winnable match because of defensive errors. Hythe are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Littlehampton Town, with the match kicking off at 3pm.

 

Team: Steve Phillips, Sam Flisher (Jarred Trespaderne 17 mins), Kai Garande (Luke Russell 30 mins), Jack Steventon, Lex Allan, Josh Wisson, Kian Garlinge (Josh Stirman 73 mins), Bradley Schafer, Johan Caney-Bryan, Frannie Collin, Jake Embery. Subs Unused: Harry Rowland, Oscar Webb.

 

Scorers: Hythe Town – Johan Caney-Bryan 12 mins. Erith & Belvedere - Macey Malyon 15mins, Henry Arnold 19 mins, Matt Neary 37 mins.

 

Yellow Card: Kian Garlinge 62 mins.

 

Attendance: 115

 

 

Match report by Tom Ellerby


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Hythe Town v Ramsgate

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Saturday 3rd February 2024

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Cannons & Rams Share The Points...

Hythe Town 2 Ramsgate 2

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Saturday 3rd February 2024

 

A depleted Hythe side managed to take a point in a roller coaster of a match, drawing 2-2 against league leaders Ramsgate at Reachfields. Steve Watt, who was suspended for the match, made two changes from the goalless draw at Sevenoaks Town, as new signing Josh Wisson came into the starting eleven for his first start for Hythe along with Aaron Barnes, who replaced Liam and Ethan Smith, who were also suspended.

 

Hythe got off to a dream start and scored the opening goal, as a free kick from Frannie Collin landed on the head of Lex Allan - Tom Hadler was unable to get a hand to it, and the ball rolled into the back of the net. It was almost 2-0 two minutes later, as Kai Garande sent a cross in from the by-line. The ball was initially caught by Tom Hadler, before Johan Caney-Bryan managed to put it into the back of the net. However, the goal was disallowed by referee Ben McDonald.

 

Hythe had another chance to double the lead on 33 minutes as Johan Caney-Bryan slipped the ball through to Frannie Collin, whose shot was deflected away for a corner, which Collin took himself, with Jack Steventon heading it narrowly over the bar. Two minutes later, Jake Embery had an excellent opportunity as he went one-on-one with Tom Hadler, who managed to deflect the ball away. It was collected by Aaron Barnes, who curled a shot towards the top corner, before it was tipped away by Hadler. Despite Hythe's clear dominance, it was the Rams who scored the next goal, which came just before half-time, as Jack S Paxman weaved his way past the Hythe defence and hit a shot past Steve Phillips to level the scores at the break.

 

The second half began in Ramsgate's favour - on 54 minutes, Wes Hennessey was set free and hit a powerful shot goalwards, which Steve Phillips managed to catch. However, it wasn't long before the visitors took the lead as, on 69 minutes, the ball was deflected into the path of Alfie Paxman, who slammed the ball in at the near post, much to the delight of the visiting supporters. Despite this, it was Hythe who had the final word - they managed to break through the Ramsgate defence, before Jake Embery smashed the ball in to make it 2-2.

 

The full-time whistle blew to mark a well-earned point for Hythe against a difficult opponent. The Cannons will be in action again on Tuesday night as they take on Erith & Belvedere at Reachfields - kick-off is at 7:45pm.

  

Team: Steve Phillips, Sam Flisher, Kai Garande, Jack Steventon, Lex Allan, Josh Wisson, Aaron Barnes (Kian Garlinge 49 mins), Bradley Schafer, Johan Caney-Bryan, Frannie Collin, Jake Embery. Subs Unused: Jarred Trespaderne, Oscar Webb, Harry Rowland, Josh Stirman.

 

Scorers: Hythe Town – Lex Allan 14 mins, Jake Embery 79 mins. Ramsgate – Jack S Paxman 44 mins, Alfie Paxman 69 mins.

 

Attendance: 517

 

 

Match report by Tom Ellerby


Club Statement - Pitch Update....

It has not gone unnoticed within the Football world and especially here in Kent, that this season we have struggled with postponements and that coupled with our extended FA Trophy run leaves us with football on Tuesday & Saturday way into March; not something we had planned for nor in honesty do we want. However, we currently find ourselves with 5 or even 6 games in hand of the clubs around us in the Isthmian League – South-East Division.

 

Despite the very best of endeavours of our loyal and hardworking ground staff, with limited machinery, and for whom it must be sole destroying dedicating many hours of work on the pitch only for the fixtures to be postponed; the Club recognised and appointed professional ground contractors with all the machinery in early December supported by our Ground staff to undertake the much overdue and necessary groundwork.

 

It was a failure of the Club that in previous seasons there has been a significant lack of Investment in the playing surface and Ground Infrastructure; something we plan to change going forward.

 

We are pleased to have appointed a leading Sports Ground Contractors, Jordans Sports Ground Solutions Ltd to work with us and lead the necessary works; yet despite appointing them in December the weather has been so inclement that even they have been unable to undertake all that they wished to do. The ground so soft, that the necessary machinery cannot get onto the playing surface on as regular basis as planned.

 

On a positive note, in mid-January with the ground reasonably hard, they did manage to Verti drain the entire surface.

 

After all the rain of this winter season, and last Tuesday’s Kent Senior Cup fixture, the pitch resembles a mud bath! The water table remains high, the atmospheric and current humidity levels mean the pitch is not repairing nor indeed are we able to currently undertake any of the immediate works required.

 

All of this impacts the Club, Manager & Players not to mention the inconvenience created to you the supporter. Please let me make this clear to any opposition, we want our games on, we, like your Club need the match day revenue and we like playing competitive football every week!

 

 

As a result, we have organised a Pitch Inspection tomorrow afternoon and will of course keep you all informed just as soon as the Inspection has been completed.


Match Gallery v Sevenoaks Town..

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Both sides rue wasted opportunities....

Sevenoaks Town 0 Hythe Town 0

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Saturday 27th January 2024

 

Both sides failed to take their chances as the Cannons drew 0-0 at Sevenoaks Town on Saturday afternoon.

 

Manager, Steve Watt has the benefit of Frannie Collin returning from injury and Sam Flisher came in for Marcus Goldsmith who has moved onto Crowborough Town.

 

The Cannons started the best with Johan Caney-Bryan, after two minutes, forcing Sevenoaks keeper Daniel Comer to palm the ball wide for a corner and then a cross from Jack Steventon was headed wide by Ethan Smith. The hosts had to wait until the tenth minute for their first effort as Matthew Attenborough-Warren drove a shot straight into the arms of Steve Phillips in the Hythe goal. It was Hythe who at this stage of the game were looking the more likely to break the deadlock but there were few real openings.

 

On 31 minutes Phillips was forced to parry the ball away for a corner from a shot by Kieron Cadogan. There were a couple of chances for the Cannons as the game approached the break with firstly Kai Garande volleying a shot wide of the target and then Bradley Schafer sent a chance wide.

 

The second half started with a chance as Caney-Bryan turned and shot over. As the half progressed it was the hosts who started to take the initiative, but they too were to spurn some good opportunities. On 51 minutes Sevenoaks had a great chance as Cadogan pulled the ball back across the penalty area only to see Jahmal Howlett-Mundle who sent his final effort into the side netting.

 

There followed four clear openings where Sevenoaks failed to take advantage as Howlett-Mundle fired wide and then Attenborough-Warren sent an over the bar.  Emmanuel Mensah sent a weak shot that was easily collected by Phillips and then a free kick on the edge of the area from Cadogan was deflected over the bar. There were few more chances although the visitors did have one opportunity in injury time as a Collin corner found the head of Lex Allan, but his effort went wide.

 

Both sides were to rue missed chances and they had to settle for one point each. Hythe are back in action on Tuesday evening as they entertain Herne Bay in another league game. Kick off is 7:45pm at Reachfields.

 

Team: Steve Phillips, Sam Flisher, Kai Garande, Jack Steventon, Liam Smith, Lex Allan, Bradley Schafer, Ethan Smith (Josh Wisson 70 mins), Johan Caney-Bryan, Frannie Collin, Jake Embery (Josh Stirman 90 mins). Subs not used: Jarred Trespaderne, Kane Phillip, Oscar Webb.

 

Yellow Cards: Sam Flisher 62 mins, Liam Smith 68 mins, Ethan Smith 82 mins, Josh Wisson 90 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 128


Match Gallery v Sittingbourne

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More Cup Success for Cannons..

Hythe Town 2 Sittingbourne 1

Kent Senior Cup 2nd Round

Tuesday 23rd January 2024

 

Hythe reached the Kent Senior Cup quarter-final on a damp Tuesday night at Reachfields, narrowly beating Sittingbourne 2-1. Steve Watt made a total of seven changes from the 2-1 defeat to Lancing, as Josh Stirman, Jarred Trespaderne, Ethan Smith, Kane Phillip, Harry Rowland, Jack West-Astuti and Robbie Dolan all came into the side.

 

The first half began without either side having any notable opportunities. On 30 minutes, it was Sittingbourne who had the first major chance of the game, as Stefan Illic darted into the box on the left-hand side, firing a shot goalwards which Robbie Dolan blocked with his leg for a corner. Two minutes later, Hythe had their first opportunity when Josh Stirman recieved the ball on the edge of the box and hit a shot which forced Bobby Mason to get down low to his right to make the save. At the other end, Donvieve Jones received the ball on the right on 34 minutes and slammed a shot into the side netting.

 

However, it was Hythe who managed to convert with nine minutes remaining in the first half, when Kane Phillip tapped the ball towards the goal - the keeper got a touch, but it trickled in to give Hythe a 1-0 lead. On 41 minutes, Stefan Illic once again weaved his way into the penalty area and hit a dipping shot just over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Sam Flisher poked a powerful shot well over, before the Brickies had a good chance to level the scores on the brink of half-time, as Illic hit a 25-yard free kick towards goal, which was caught by Jack West-Astuti.

 

Just like the first half, the second period began very quietly. The first major chance of the half was a goal for the visitors - Gabriel Piorkowski swung a ball into the box from the by-line, before it was guided in by the head of Mitchell May. The Brickies almost scored the winner on 87 minutes, when a shot from Michael Turner looked as though it was heading in, before it was blocked by the foot of Jack West-Astuti. Despite this, it was the Cannons who scored the winner, and it came in the final minute of normal time, as Jarred Trespaderne sent a free-kick into the box and, following a melee, was slammed in by substitute Jake Embery.

 

The full-time whistle blew to mark Hythe's first win of 2024. They will now go on to play Chatham Town in the quarter-final of the competition. However, Hythe have a whole host of league games to think about first - Steve Watt's men travel to Sevenoaks Town next Saturday at 3pm, before they host Herne Bay on Tuesday 30th at Reachfields at 7:45pm.

 

Match report by Tom Ellerby

 

Team: Jack West-Astuti, Robbie Dolan, Kai Garande, Jack Steventon, Liam Smith, Harry Rowland (Connor Cheek 77mins), Sam Flisher, Jarred Trespaderne, Kane Phillip (Jake Embery 70 mins), Ethan Smith, Josh Stirman (Johan Caney-Bryan 70 mins). Subs Not Used: Lex Allan, Bradley Schafer.

 

Scorers: Hythe Town – Kane Phillip 36 mins, Jake Embery 90 mins. Sittingbourne – Mitchell May 69 mins.

 

Yellow Cards – Jarred Trespaderne 16 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 93.

Match Gallery v Lancing...

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Disappointing night for the Cannons..

Lancing 2 Hythe Town 1

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Tuesday 16th January 2024

 

A disappointing night out in chilly Lancing as an off-colour Cannons fell to a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday evening.

 

There were two enforced changes in the Hythe line up as Kai Garande returned to replace the injured Ethan Smith and Sam Flisher came in for Frannie Collin.

 

It was the visitors who started the brighter with their first opening on a minute as a cross from Marcus Goldsmith found the head of Johan Caney-Bryan, but his effort flew straight into the arms of home keeper Louis Rogers. The first attempt from the hosts saw George Taggart shoot wide. Hythe’s Bradley Schafer had a similar effort that also went wide.

 

There then came a long period that saw both sides looking for openings but without creating any meaningful chances before in the 36th minute Schafer whipped in a free kick that was headed over by Liam Smith and then Schafer blasted over from just outside the penalty area. Lancing thought they had taken the lead two minutes before the break as Ben Pope fired home only to see the referee’s assistant waving his flag for offside.

 

However, it only took a minute for Lancing to break the deadlock after the break as Alex Laing crossed into Pope who laid it back to Taggart who tapped it in at the far post. Only nine minutes later it was two as Laing passed the ball out to Lukas Franzen-Jones who finished neatly.

 

On 58 minutes the Cannons narrowed the gap as a pinpoint cross from Jake Embery found the head of Caney-Bryan who made no mistake to pull a goal back. There were only a couple more chances for Lancing as Jack Meeres headed over from a corner and then three minutes from time Dan Howick broke through forcing a Hythe keeper Steve Phillips to save well.

 

It was not a good night for the Cannons who now entertain Erith & Belvedere on Saturday 20th January 2024. Kick off is 3pm.

 

Team: Steve Phillips, Marcus Goldsmith (Jarred Trespaderne 89 mins), Kai Garande, Jack Steventon, Liam Smith, Lex Allan, Aaron Barnes (Kane Phillip 54 mins), Sam Flisher, Johan Caney-Bryan, Jake Embery, Bradley Schafer.

 

Scorers: Lancing - George Taggart 46 mins, Lukas Franzen-Jones 55 mins. Hythe Town – Johan Caney-Bryan 58 mins.

 

Yellow Cards: Liam Smith, Jack Steventon.

 

 Attendance: 185