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Corinthian-Casuals 1 Hythe Town 1
Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round
Hythe Town can consider themselves unlucky not to have won this game as they drew 1-1 in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round fixture at Corinthian-Casuals on Saturday afternoon.
It was Hythe who were first to attack in a fairly even first period. Within the first minute Ben Wilson sent in a free kick from the right with Ryan Palmer heading the ball into Casuals keeper Danny Bracken’s arms. The hosts had to wait ten minutes to threaten for the first time as a dangerous cross from the right by Josh Uzun went across the penalty area but there was nobody to divert the ball towards goal. Former Walton Casuals striker, Gabriel Odunaike broke through but Hythe keeper Will Godmon was quick off his line to snatch the ball from the Casuals player’s feet.
Three chances for the visitors in quick succession saw Sam Adams fire a curling free-kick around the post and then Palmer cut in from the right but he curled his attempt just wide of the near post. The third opportunity saw the hard working Kieron Campbell send the ball to the far post where Palmer had his shot deflected wide. Casuals had an effort on 25 minutes as a long range drive from Jerson Dos Santos went straight at Godmon. At the other end Wilson sent in a long range attempt high and wide. The last chance of the half came for the hosts as a cross from Uzun was met by Jack Strange who bulleted his header wide of the target.
The second half started with Casuals on the attack as Dos Santos fired in a shot that was pushed around the post by Godmon. Hythe began to look more dangerous as Campbell jinked in but had his final effort deflected wide. However the Cannons were not to be denied and they took the lead on 59 minutes as Palmer won the ball and fed onto Dave Cook whose header was on its way towards goals with Mitchell Dickenson making absolutely sure to get the ball over the line. Within a minute Campbell threatened again coming in from the right but Bracken was on hand to save.
Casuals pressed to find an equaliser as firstly Ben Checklit hit a dipping shot over from the edge of the area and then Odunaike hooked the ball over the bar. Despite the pressure coming from the home side, Hythe were still creating chances as Adams cut in and shot just wide. At the other end, Checklit rifled a shot wide of the target. As it seemed that the Cannons had weathered the pressure, Casuals got the equaliser after 87 minutes as Mu Maan weaved his way into a shooting position and his final effort slid into the corner of the net. Campbell was to produce the last opportunity for the Cannons as he dribbled the ball into the penalty area but his final attempt lacked power and the ball was easily collected by Bracken.
It had been a gritty and determined performance by the Cannons where the team worked hard particularly in defence ensuring a replay at Reachfields on Tuesday evening with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Team: Will Godmon, Charlie Webster, Ben Wilson, Mitchell Chapman, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Sam Adams, Dean Grant (Jay May 82 mins), Ryan Palmer, Kieron Campbell (Jerald Aboagye 89 mins).
Scorers: Corinthian-Casuals- Mu Maan 87 mins. Hythe Town-Mitchell Dickenson 59 mins.
Hythe go down to injury time goal.......
Thamesmead Town 2 Hythe Town 1
Bostik League South
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Hythe were sunk by an injury time winner as they lost 2-1 at Thamesmead Town on Wednesday evening.
It was Thamesmead who started the stronger as their first opportunity came after three minutes with Thomas O’Connor blasting over from 25 yards. They were unlucky on twelve minutes when Jake MacIntyre fed the ball into Laurent Mendy whose back flick went just wide. Hythe first effort came on 16 minutes as Adams fed the ball to Kieron Campbell whose rifled shot was tipped onto the bar by Thamesmead keeper Lewis Carey. Ben Wilson was the next to threaten for the Cannons as he sent in a free kick towards the far post but there was no one there to divert the ball towards the net. There were opportunities being created at both ends as Thamesmead’s Dane Luchford scuffed a shot that rolled along the ground and into the arms of Hythe keeper Will Godmon.
Ryan Palmer was the next to create a chance as he worked his way in from the left but his final effort was pulled wide. At the other end Godman tipped the ball over the bar from a Mendy header. The hosts were eventually to take the lead on 31 minutes as McIntyre swung in a free-kick from the right and Mendy’s header went through a crowd of players from short range and before Hythe could clear the ball had crossed the line. There was one chance for the visitors before half time as Palmer sent in a deep cross to Campbell who forced Carey to tip the ball over the bar.
Hythe were the better side in the second half and were level on 51 minutes. Adams slotted a pass through the Thamesmead’s defence to Kenny Pogue who threaded the ball past Carey and into the back of the net. Hythe continued to press and it was Dave Cook who was to head over from a Palmer free-kick. Sam Adams was denied as his shot was deflected over by Joe Denny. At the other end substitute Alex Teniola had a curling shot turned around the post by Godmon. With ten minutes to go a Wilson corner was headed over by Adams. As the time ticked away both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock as O’Connor had an attempt tipped over by Godmon and then at the other end Pogue hit a snap shot held by Carey. However there was a sting in the tail for the Cannons as Thamesmead got a winner two minutes into injury time as Carey sent in free-kick into the Hythe penalty area. It was met by Scott Kinch who headed down and Paul Vines was on hand to slot home from short range.
It was an improved performance from the previous game but Hythe still came away pointless. They must continue that improvement into their FA Cup game at Corinthian Casuals on Saturday.
Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer (Mitchell Chapman 64 mins), Dave Cook, Sam Adams, Dean Grant (Kenny Pogue 45 mins), Ryan Palmer (Tommy Cooney 77 mins), Kieron Campbell.
Scorers: Thamesmead Town-Laurent Mendy 31 mins, Paul Vines 90 mins. Hythe Town- Kenny Pogue 51 mins
Hythe drawn away in League Cup.....
Hythe Town have been drawn away to Faversham Town in the First Round of the Velocity Sports Trophy. This is the League Cup and will be played on Tuesday 19th September 2017 with 7:45pm kick off.
Player update at Reachfields......
There are a number of changes been made at Reachfields over the last week or so. Firstly leaving the club are goalkeeper Joe Mant who has joined VCD Athletic. Joe was a loyal servant of the club while he was here playing 101 games. Also departing is Matt Newman who has returned to Folkestone Invicta. We wish them both every success at their new clubs.
Joining the club is former Margate left back Tommy Cooney (pictured). He is 22 years old and played most of his career in the north including a spell with Morecambe. He will go into the squad for the game away at Thamesmead Town.
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