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Hythe Town 1 Horsham 1

Bostik League South

Saturday 24th February 2018


Hythe and Horsham battled hard as the game ended in a 1-1 draw at a bitterly cold Reachfields on Saturday afternoon.


Horsham were to take a very early lead on two minutes as Alfie Rogers hit a shot from the edge of the area which seemed to be covered by Hythe keeper Will Godmon but he fumbled the ball and it crossed the line to open the scoring. The Cannons had to wait until the eighth minute before their first effort as Kieron Campbell moved in from the left and fired wide of the target. On 14 minutes Ryan Palmer sent in a cross that tested Horsham keeper Josh Pelling who off balance managed to palm the ball away. Horsham counter-attacked with the final effort from Toby House rattling against the cross bar.


There were chances coming at both ends as Horsham’s Charlie Farmer headed over the bar and Chris Kinnear, at the other end, pounced on a loose ball which he sent just the wrong side of the upright. As the half progressed it was the hosts who were looking the more likely as Darren Oldaker came in from the left but scooped his effort over the bar but he was to bring the scores level as Hythe were awarded a free-kick just outside the area. Oldaker’s kick curled around the wall into the corner of the net with Pelling getting nowhere near the ball. One more chance for the Cannons, one minute into injury time at the end of the first half, as a Charlie Webster free-kick was met by Kinnear whose attempt forced a save from Pelling.


The second half started with Hythe on the attack as Oldaker curled a free kick the wrong side of the post. However, the visitors were still causing problems as a header from Farmer went straight into Godmon’s arms. Campbell then fired a shot into the Horsham penalty area but Ryan Worrall was able to get his body in the way and the ball deflected for a corner. The game was going from end to end as Tom Tolfrey broke through but despite having options he chose to shoot. His effort went wide. The ever-dangerous Campbell created the next chance as he cut in from the left but his curling attempt drifted wide.


Horsham were picking up the pace and Farmer sent a snap shot over the bar and then Rogers broke in forcing Ryan Johnson to produce a superb covering tackle to prevent any attempt on goal. Then came the controversial moment of the game as Kinnear and Scott Kirkwood met in what looked like a fifty-fifty challenge. As Kirkwood went down injured, the home crowd watched in disbelief as the referee produced a red card for Kinnear. It will be interesting to see the challenge in the video of the game to make a judgement.  Hythe were able hold on with ten men and did create a chance in injury time as Palmer turned and shot forcing a save from Pelling.


Hythe remain in seventh place now six points outside the play-offs. Next Saturday, weather permitting, the Cannons travel to Molesey for another league fixture.


Team: Will Godmon, Salvyn Kisitu, Charlie Webster, Chris Kinnear, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer, Darren Oldaker, Zak Ansah, Jerson Dos Santos (Michael Turner 82 mins), Kieron Campbell.


Scorers: Hythe Town-Darren Oldaker 29 mins. Horsham-Alfie Rogers 2 mins.



Attendance: 218. 

Calling all Cannons supporters.....

All are welcome to come along to the clubhouse on THURSDAY MARCH 1ST at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The evening will be divided into two parts.


1)  Meet the Manager. 

A chance to meet Sam Denly and ask him about the remainder of this term, and his plans for season 2018/19.


2)  Supporters Group Update


Catch up on the latest news on this project. Also, an opportunity for any of you to update yourselves on the last few rather hectic weeks at Reachfields. As is often the case in football, rumours and gossip abound, but those attending this informal evening will no longer have to rely on either. 




Hythe battle hard to steal the points ...

Hastings United 2-3 Hythe Town

Bostik League South

Saturday 17th February 2018


Hythe Town came away from Pilot Field with a 3-2 win in an eventful and entertaining game against a lively Hastings United side on Saturday afternoon.


Hythe absorbed some early pressure from Hastings and in the eighth minute took the lead on the break as Darren Oldaker played the ball onto Ryan Palmer who placed his shot perfectly past Hastings keeper Charlie Horlock into the corner of the net. Another opportunity fell for the Cannons as Palmer had a run down the left leaving a number of home defenders in his wake. He crossed the ball over to Zak Ansah who couldn’t quite get his shot away at the far post. It was Hastings who were then to dominate the rest of the half. Their first chance came on 18 minutes as Davide Rodari cut in from the left but his right footed effort drifted wide. On 20 minutes a free kick from Jack Dixon was headed over by Dayshonne Godling from close range.


Hastings captain Sam Cruttwell then got into the action as firstly he had a shot blocked by Henry Arnold who did well to get his body in the way and then had a long-range effort that sailed over the bar. This was followed by a free-kick from Cruttwell that sailed into the arms of Hythe keeper Will Godmon. Hastings continued to press as Godmon held a shot from Golding and then one from Rodari. The Hythe keeper was then to excel himself as he made a fantastic save from a close-range attempt from Dixon. On the balance of play it was amazing that Hythe came in ahead at the break but Hastings had squandered a number of chances.


The second half was only one minute old when Oldaker put a ball into Chris Kinnear but his header went over the bar. However, it was the hosts who were to continue to get the more meaningful chances. Golding played the ball into Calum Davies but the Hythe defence cleared for a corner and then a free kick from Cruttwell went high and wide from the edge of the area. At the other end Oldaker ran in but his final effort also sailed over the bar. Hythe went two ahead on 67 minutes as Oldaker hit the perfect free-kick from 25 yards that curled into the top corner of the net.  


Ansah broke in from the right but his final effort was well stopped by Horlock and then on 76 minutes Hastings pulled a goal back as confusion in the Hythe defence allowed Dixon to stroke the ball home. Hastings were now throwing everything into attack as they searched for the elusive equaliser. Firstly, Davies turned and shot straight at Godmon and then the referee saw an offence in the Hythe penalty area and controversially pointed to the penalty spot. However, the resultant penalty was blasted high over the bar by Dixon allowing Hythe off the hook.


On 87 minutes as Hastings pushed everything forward, Hythe caught them on the break as Oldaker broke free and fed the ball through to Ansah who calmly placed his shot into the corner of the net to make it 3-1.  To the amazement of the crowd, the referee played over ten minutes of injury time and five minutes in another controversial decision was made by the referee as he awarded another penalty for Hastings. This time Golding made no mistake with his kick as he sent Godmon the wrong way. Then came another decision that some could claim to be harsh as Hythe were reduced to ten men with Arnold sent off for throwing the ball at Golding in retaliation.


Hythe were to hang on for all three points to narrow the gap between them and the play-offs to five points as they sit in seventh place. Hythe’s next game is at home Horsham next Saturday. Kick off is 3pm at Reachfields.


Team: Will Godmon, Michael Turner (Salvyn Kisitu 54 mins), Henry Arnold, Chris Kinnear, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer, Darren Oldaker, Zak Ansah, Jerson Dos Santos (Charlie Webster 54 mins), Kieron Campbell (Elliott Capel 90 mins).


Scorers: Hastings United - Jack Dixon 76 mins, Dajon Golding 90 mins (pen). Hythe Town – Ryan Palmer 8 mins, Darren Oldaker 67 mins, Zak Ansah 87 mins.


Attendance: 423



New signing at Hythe.....

Hythe can announce the signing of defender Salvyn Kisitu who joins us from Sittingbourne. The 21 year old counts Leatherhead, VCD Athletic and Folkestone Invicta amongst his former clubs.

Highlights of Hythe v Shoreham - courtesy of BKVP Sport......

Highlights courtesy of BKVP Sport

Hythe Town v Shoreham 

Bostik League South

Saturday 10th February 2018


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Cannons fire in six......

Hythe Town 6 Shoreham 0

Bostik League South

Saturday 10th February 2018


The Cannons blew away Shoreham in a 6-0 win at a very damp and muddy Reachfields on Saturday afternoon.


It was Hythe who dominated proceedings as they swarmed over their opponents for vast chunks of the game. Their first opportunity came as Darren Oldaker had a shot blocked and the ball came back to Jerson Dos Santos whose attempt was collected by Shoreham keeper James Broadbent. Ryan Palmer, who continued his recent great form, put in a dangerous cross which was intercepted by Harvey Dunk who was lucky not to put through into his own goal as the ball went just over the bar.


Shoreham had to wait until the 20th minute for their first effort as Sean Roddy put in a shot but it didn’t test Hythe keeper Will Godmon. Hythe were back on the attack as Michael Turner pulled the ball in from the right into Kieron Campbell whose effort was pushed wide at full stretch by Broadbent. The chances kept coming for the hosts. A Palmer cross was headed into the arms of Broadbent before Hythe finally took the lead on the half hour as a Turner cross was brilliantly glanced in by the head of Oldaker. Another Palmer cross threatened just before half time finding Campbell who drove the ball wide of the target. The Cannons went into half-time wondering why they were only one goal ahead.


The second half started in the same manner as the first with Dos Santos laying the ball back to Chris Kinnear whose shot was tipped over well by Broadbent. Kinnear was to have another attempt which this time was blocked by Broadbent. Shoreham did then have an effort as Thomas Johnston broke through but side footed wide of the target. Then came number two on 57 minutes for the Cannons as Palmer got the ball over to Zak Ansah who forced the ball home from close range. Number three came three minutes later as Ansah couldn’t get a shot away and it came to Dos Santos who bundled the ball home.


The Cannons continued to turn the screw as Campbell flicked the ball onto Ansah who fired just wide. It was 4-0 after 66 minutes as Campbell got the ball over to Ansah who neatly placed his shot into the corner of the net. A couple of chances then came for the visitors as Andrew Mensah came in at the near post and headed the ball just wide and then a dipping shot from Ross Myers rattled against the cross bar. However, on 78 minutes Campbell collected the ball, took a couple of steps and unleashed a drive from just outside the area that sailed into the top corner to make it five for the Cannons.


At the other end Roon Quadri hit a long-range effort just wide but Hythe then put the “icing on the cake” with four minutes to go as Oldaker got the ball, took his time and planted his shot into the net to make it 6-0. Godmon prevented Shoreham getting a consolation in injury time as he saved from Mensah.


Hythe finished the game with a satisfying win moving up into seventh place as they move onto an away game next Saturday at Hastings United.



Team: Will Godmon, Michael Turner, Henry Arnold, Chris Kinnear (Mitchell Chapman 59 mins), Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer (Elliot Capel 73 mins), Darren Oldaker, Zak Ansah, Jerson Dos Santos, Kieron Campbell (Josh Stirman 80 mins)


Scorers: Hythe Town - Darren Oldaker 30 & 86 mins, Jerson Dos Santos 60 mins, Zak Ansah 57 & 66 mins, Kieron Campbell 78 mins



Attendance 175


Hythe add two on loan........

The club are pleased to announce two loan signings. Darren Oldaker and Henry Arnold both from Gillingham. Both made their debut’s last Tuesday evening in the home game against Herne Bay.



Manager Sam Denly says “Really pleased to welcome Darren and Henry to the club on a month’s loan, Darren is an exceptional talent and having already made appearances for Gillingham first team shows the calibre of player we have, you will do well to find a better mid fielder in the league so it’s great to secure his services. Henry is an academy lad at Gillingham and another exciting prospect who will also come into the squad for a loan spell, I would like to welcome them both to the club and look forward to working with them.

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