Lydd Town 0 Hythe Town 4
Tuesday 17th July 2018
Following two tough home games against Dover Athletic and Dorking Wanderers the Cannons eased up a little with a short trip across the Marsh to meet Southern Counties East side Lydd Town who play two levels below Hythe in football's pyramid.
Lydd had at least two recognisable faces in their line up in old Reachfields favourite Sam Marsh and young Harry Carr and although Hythe understandably dominated a lively first half they were also guilty of over-playing their attacks and often over-hitting their passes and crosses. That said the Marsh side more than played their part in the game by closing down many flowing attacks and defending in numbers as Ryan Palmer and Salvyn Kisitu threatened from the flanks and Kane Phillip and Josh Stirman made strong forward runs supported by a focused Charlie Webster from deep.
Hythe had to settle for just Junior Aikhionbare's 17th minute tap-in goal but with many of the "big-guns" sitting on the bench, the sizeable away support awaited the second period with some optimism.
Sure enough Kieron Campbell soon became the main threat from the left supported by Jack Sammoutis and the prolific Zak Ansah and with Palmer continuing to figure strongly from the right Hythe were looking the part at last. As the half progressed though chances continued to be wasted and the home side's huge effort looked like it might be rewarded with a shock equaliser. Sammoutis and Ansah were both denied by either the home keeper or by some occasionally dubious off-side calls whilst others fired high and wide rather than composing themselves.
Then with ten minutes to go suddenly it seemed to dawn on some that there really was no need to be trying to break the goal netting and Sammoutis made space for himself at the edge of the area and fired home a well-placed ground shot to put the result beyond doubt.
With a tiring home side visibly wilting a poor challenge led to a free kick from Campbell going in off a post and at the death a clinical Ansah danced clear to round the keeper and place the ball into an empty goal.
All in all a good workout for both sides at a venue that has been impressively improved in the last couple of years. With both sides looking for promotion into their successive Premier divisions it could well be that each will be having an exciting time come next Spring.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kisitu, Charlie Webster, Marcel Lallas Mitchell Chapman, Ben Gorham Ryan Palmer, Charlie Owen, Junior Aikionbare, Josh Stirman, Kane Phillip. Subs used: Kieron Campbell, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Jack Sammoutis, Mitchell Dickenson, Jack Negus, Zak Ansah.
Scorers: Junior Aikhionbare 16 mins, Jack Sammoutis 80 mins, Kieron Campbell 89 mins, Zak Ansah 90 mins.
Hythe Town 1-1 Dorking Wanderers
Saturday 14th July 2018
Hythe Town continued their pre-season programme as they drew 1-1 with Bostik Premier, Dorking Wanderers, at a sultry Reachfields on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors were first to attack after six minutes as Sam Beard played the ball into Luke Moore but he spooned the ball over the bar. However it was the Cannons who looked the more dangerous as after eleven minutes Kieron Campbell played the ball into Zak Ansah who passed back to Campbell whose final attempt went over the target. Mitchell Chapman then came into the action as he slotted the ball through to Jack Sammoutis whose attempt was side-footed into the side netting.
Campbell and Ansah teamed up again as the former played the ball into Hythe’s prolific striker with it ending up with Josh Stirman whose final attempt was blocked by Dorking keeper Huk Slavomir. Hythe finally took a deserved lead on sixteen minutes as Sammoutis had a couple of attempts blocked before the ball fell to Ansah who finished off from close range.
Dorking were creating the odd opportunity during the rest of the half as a Moore corner was spooned over by James McShane. Ansah then cut in from the left but his effort was blocked. As the half progressed Dorking began to look more threatening as Beard moved in and shot wide and then with four minutes until the break Niall McManus was denied by a great block from Hythe keeper George Kamurasi.
The heat was definitely taking its toll with the second half providing less opportunities. On 50 minutes however the visitors really should have been level as the prolific striker Keiron Lavery wasted an opportunity from point blank range and then JJ O’Sullivan launched the ball over the bar. On 55 minutes Wanderers got their equaliser with Tom Tolfrey working himself free and placing the ball in the far corner.
Hythe had a couple of chances to retake the lead as firstly Junior Aikhionbare collected the ball and moved forward but drove just wide and then Charlie Webster found Ryan Palmer but Slavomir was quick to block. One more opportunity for the visitors with eleven minutes to go as Lavery crossed to Guiseppe Sole who headed over. The game petered out into a one all draw that was a fair reflection of the afternoon’s entertainment.
Hythe now look forward to their next pre-season game as they travel the short distance down to Lydd Town on Tuesday evening for a 7:45pm kick off.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kistiu, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Mitchell Chapman, Mitchell Dickenson, Josh Stirman, Charlie Webster, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Kieron Campbell. Subs Used Ryan Palmer, Junior Aikhionbare, Charlie Owen, Ben Gorham, Marcel Lalas, Emmanuel Ndaw, Kane Phiilip.
Scorers: Hythe Town - Zak Ansah 16 mins. Dorking Wanderers – Tom Tolfrey 55 mins.
Hythe Town v Dover Athletic
Monday 9th July 2018
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Two voluntary roles are available to help the club.
Firstly we require someone to manage the club shop for 2018-2019 season. This will involve opening up an hour before the game and during half time (the shop is closed during the game, so you would see all of the game). You would also be responsible for maintaining the stock. Admission to all home games would be free. Please contact Club Secretary Martin Giles on 07908 763101 if interested in Club Shop Manager role.
Also the club require a club photographer to provide pictures for the Matchday programme, Website and Facebook. The post would be unpaid but admittance again will be provided to home games and to away matches where possible. Please contact Communications Director on 07920 068449 if interested in becoming club photographer.
Hythe Town 0-1 Dover Athletic
Monday 9th July 2018
Hythe Town put up an impressive performance as they lost 1-0 to National League Dover Athletic at Reachfields on Monday evening.
It was the visitors who created the early chances when a trialist curled a free kick just wide after six minutes. Dover continued to press as Jamie Allen turned but his shot was blocked well by Chris Arthur and the ball went away for a corner. Another attack followed as Inih Effione stole the ball from Jack Sammoutis and moved in on Hythe keeper George Kamurasi but sent the final effort wide of the target. Despite the chances coming for Dover, Hythe continued to look impressive playing the ball well in midfield and looking defensively sound.
The chances however were falling at the other end. On 18 minutes Kamurasi saved well from Tobi Sha Silva and then saw a determined run by Allen as he weaved in but his final attempt went wide when it looked easier to hit the target and then a long range shot from another trialist went high over the bar. The impressive Kamurasi tipped the ball over from Effione and then he denied Effione again as he pushed the ball around the post from close range. On 41 minutes Hythe were unlucky not to take the lead as Kieron Campbell picked the ball and unleashed a curling shot that slammed against the upright.
The second period started in a similar pattern to the first as Aziz Lyoubi cleared the ball off the Hythe line from a close range Effione shot and soon after a melee in the Hythe penalty area saw a Kadell Daniel shot blocked and then Sho Silva had his attempt brilliantly saved by Kamurasi. Hythe then created a couple of good chances as Ryan Palmer played the ball into Zak Ansah but his effort was blocked and then Campbell moved onto the ball and struck the ball just wide of the target.
Finally the deadlock was broken on 62 minutes as Dover were awarded a free kick just outside the area and Daniel curled the ball into the corner of the net. Dover could have increased their lead three minutes later as Lou Fazakerly headed the ball into Kamurasi’s arms. The game then had a period of little goal mouth action until ten minutes from time when Kamurasi saved well from a trialist. The Cannons did have one last gasp effort as deep injury time Palmer struck a long range shot that was parried away by the Dover keeper.
It was a great work out for the Cannons and gives great encouragement for the season ahead. Hythe are back in action at Reachfields on Saturday afternoon in another pre-season friendly this time against Bostik Premier Dorking Wanderers with a 3pm kick off.
Team: George Kamurasi, Chris Arthur, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Mitchell Chapman, Ben Gorham, Ryan Palmer, Junior Aikhionbare, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Kieron Campbell. Subs all used: Mitchell Dickenson, Kane Phillip, Salvyn Kisitu, Josh Stirman, James Nurden, Charlie Webster, Marcel Lalas, Charlie Owen.
Scorer: Dover Athletic Kadell Daniel 62 mins.
The draw for the First Round of the 2018-19 Kent Senior Cup has taken place and we are at home to Margate in the 1st Round with the game being played on Tuesday 21st August 2018 with a 7:45pm kick off. The full draw is shown below.
Phoenix Sports v Herne Bay
Faversham Town v Greenwich Borough
Cray Wanderers v Ramsgate
Tonbridge Angels v Sittingbourne
Folkestone Invicta v Sevenoaks Town
Hythe Town v Margate
Ashford United v Thamesmead Town
We are now in a position to move forward with the formation of a Hythe Town Football Club Patrons group. This has the aim which will be to help us compete against other Kent non-league clubs, many with higher average attendances who already have similar funding groups in place.
At our recent supporters forum it was suggested that membership of such a group could be set at variable levels with the highest level being suitable perhaps for commercial sponsors who would receive a good level of publicity locally should they so wish.
For details and forms please click here.
The club have reviewed the ticket price for next season and have decided that due to rising costs admittance prices should be slightly increased.
Admission & Season Ticket Prices for 2018-2019
League & Cup games
Adult £10, Concession £7, Under 18 £2.
Adult £5, Concession £3, Under 18 £1.
Season Ticket (League games only)
Adult £150, Concession £100, Under 18 £30.
BALCONY TICKETS are priced at an extra £2 per game but please remember that unlike all other tickets these are STRICTLY LIMITED and will sell out for important matches. If you, or someone you know, were caught out last season please remember that BALCONY Season Tickets may be purchased and are valid for all games and not just league matches.
BALCONY SEASON TICKETS are £50 adult, £40 concessions, £20 under 18s but when bought in conjunction with a ground season ticket they are only £25/£20/£10 extra.
We will provide details of how to purchase your season ticket in due course.
The current list of Pre-Season friendlies for season 2018/2019 are:
Monday 9th July 2018 Home v Dover Athletic Lost 0-1
Saturday 14th July 2018 Home v Dorking Wanderers Drew 1-1
Tuesday 17th July 2018 Away v Lydd Town 7.45pm
Saturday 21st July 2018 Home v Crawley Down Gatwick 3.00pm
Tuesday 24th July 2018 Home v Canterbury City 7.45pm
Saturday 28th July 2018 Away v Romford 3pm
Saturday 4th August 2018 Away v Tilbury 3.00pm
Keep an eye on the website for any updates…..