The club can announce the departure of midfielder Tom Carlton who has returned, on the player's request, to Herne Bay.
This has involved a undisclosed fee.
We thank Tom for his time here and wish him well for the future.
Hythe Town visit Cray Valley PM on Saturday afternoon in a League Fixture. Kick off is 3pm.
Ground: Badgers SG, Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, SE9 5HT. (57 miles)
Directions: Take the M20, continuing on A20 towards London. At the Clifton’s Roundabout with the South Circular (A205) double back onto the A20 and immediately take the first left, Eltham Palace Road. Then take the next left, into Middle Park Avenue, ground and car park is on the left.
Hythe Town v Whyteleafe
Isthmian League South East
Saturday 9th November 2019
Hythe Town 2 Whyteleafe 2
BetVictor Isthmian League South-East
Saturday 9th November 2019
Hythe Town staged a fantastic come-back with only ten men as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Whyteleafe on Saturday afternoon.
The Cannons had a terrible start as on only four minutes they went behind. The defence was static as the lively Emmanuel Mensah broke down the right slamming the ball past Hythe keeper Will Godmon to make it 1-0. Things looked very grim for Hythe on ten minutes as a shot was blasted towards goal with Callum Adonis-Taylor adjudged to have handled on the line. The referee, after consultation with his assistant, pointed to the penalty spot and reached for a red card to reduce the Cannons to ten men. Up stepped Bentley Graham who sent Godmon the wrong way to increase the Whyteleafe lead.
Now with only ten men, Hythe didn’t give up and pressed to get back in the game. On 12 minutes, man of the match, Alex Flisher pounced on a loose ball and fired across the face of goal and then a Tom Carlton cross was deflected as it nearly got to Flisher. Flisher was then to provide Carlton with a cross but the final effort went wide. On 19 minutes Ross Ibbertson was to clear the ball off the Hythe line as a shot from Corie Andrews rolled towards the goal line. However, the vast majority of the pressure was coming from the hosts. Flisher broke down the right crossing into Stephen Okoh who slid the ball just past the post and then Okoh had an effort that was easily saved by Whyteleafe keeper Tyler McCarthy. Flisher was to feed Okoh again who this time blasted over.
Whyteleafe had the odd opportunity to increase their lead as on 36 minutes Antonio Walker-Barth cut in from the right but scooped his effort over the bar. Deep into injury time Flisher managed to break through the Whyteleafe defence with his final shot saved by the legs of McCarthy.
The early stages of the second period saw the visitors settle the quicker as substitute Tyrese Sunderland had a shot that lacked power and was easily held by Godmon and then Mensah turned and shot forcing a block by the Hythe keeper. However, as the half progressed, Hythe grew in confidence as Flisher sent in a dangerous cross that was just out of the reach of Kiernan Hughes-Mason and then on 62 minutes the increased pressure resulted in a Hythe goal. Flisher worked his way in a scoring position and then buried the ball into the back of the Whyteleafe net to narrow the gap.
It was all Hythe at this stage and on 66 minutes it came as no surprise as the ten men of Hythe brought the scores level. Flisher moved along the touchline and looped in a cross to Jamie Coyle who headed in at the far post from close range. It was no more than the hosts deserved. Hythe now went on the search for an unlikely winner as Carlton sent a shot from the right that rattled the upright.
As the game came towards its close both sides had opportunities to take all three points as Whyteleafe’s Ricardo Thompson turned and shot straight at Godmon and then at the other end James Rogers put in deep corner that found Coyle at the far post but the keeper was able to block. With 60 seconds of normal time to go Coyle was to clear off the Hythe the line from a hooked shot from Corey Holder. Had that gone in it would have been unfair on Hythe who showed great determination, fight and skill in coming back from 2-0 down to grab a point and it is difficult to find a player who had not put in a shift.
It had been an entertaining game and particularly encouraging for Hythe as they now have to travel next Saturday (16th November 2019) to league leaders Cray Valley PM
Team: Will Godmon, Danny Divine, Aaron Simpson, James Rogers, Jamie Coyle, Callum Adonis-Taylor, Tom Carlton, Ross Ibbertson, Alex Flisher, Kiernan Hughes-Mason (Alex Brown 81 mins), Stephen Okoh (Tom Walmsley 45 mins).
Scorers: Hythe Town - Alex Flisher 62 mins, Jamie Coyle 66 mins. Whyteleafe – Emmanuel Mensah 4 mins, Bentley Graham 10 mins (pen).