Breaking News.... New Club Chairman Announced

OFFICIAL CLUB STATEMENT - New Club Chairman Matthew Smith

Following weeks of negotiations between our new Chairman and Gary Johnson we are delighted to announce that as of 10 May 2024 our new Chairman shall be Matthew Smith. Mathew brings with him a wealth of non-league knowledge having taken his previous club from Step 7 to Step 4 both on and off the field. Matthew is committed to the club’s legacy, fans, and community is unwavering and we are excited for the future under his stewardship.

In Matthew's first interview as Chairman, he said “I am delighted at becoming the custodian of Hythe Town FC Limited and the many challenges we have ahead of us over these coming weeks and months. Firstly, I would like to thank the outgoing Chairman, Gary Johnson whose fantastic diligence and work ethic are a main part of the reason I find myself back at the helm of a football club after my ten-month break. Gary will not be leaving us but instead assume the newly created role of CEO and will be around Reachfields for a long time to come. The team Gary has built since his appointment last year are testament to the man himself and I am now delighted to lead them. I spoke to them at a recent board meeting where I also detailed, I would need to bring in some key team members whom I have worked with previously.

The new structure will see the continued magnificent work Gary has done with building an alliance with Hythe Town Youth FC which will be formalised in the coming months. As anyone who knows me, I am all about building a club from its community and top of my priorities is to explore the alliance and get some concrete plans in place where the youth are an integral part of this great football club. I like others have watched on from a far and seen the great teams that have played at Hythe over the past ten years but unfortunately Reachfields has been neglected over these years and this is something I intend to put right.

I want a club the whole town of Hythe can be proud of, with this in mind we shall be completing lots of projects over the summer months, from a full removal of the pitch surface to updating the entire ground to meet ground grading and I will not rest until Reachfields is a family friendly environment that the entire town can be proud to call home. The works planned start tomorrow with the pitch removal and we shall keep you up to date with regular social media updates. I have brought with me a new Social Media officer, Commercial Manager & Creative Team. I am looking forward to working with the entire Executive Committee and have had varying conversations with Sammy & Darren about next season and my aspirations for the playing side.

Rome was not built in a day so whilst I hope you see changes when you return in late July, please know I see this as a long term project to bring Reachfields back to its former glory and continue the success you have seen on the pitch over the past few years. I want you all to know that I believe in our mantra– “OUR TOWN - Stronger Together”

After speaking with Matthew, we grabbed a word with Gary about how things have developed over the past few weeks and his new role at the football club:

“I’m absolutely delighted to introduce Matt and his new backroom team to the Football Club, it’s taken many weeks, days and hours of negotiations and meetings to firm this up and conclude the arrangements in the last few weeks and days; with Matt’s knowledge, commercial awareness and vision I’m confident that he will lead the football club well.

On a personal level, I’m sad to step aside but feel for the greater benefit of Hythe Town FC this is the right thing to do; whilst I may have the ability to lead a non-league club I do not have the necessary financial backing in order to make the difference that this Club requires. The infrastructure of the Club needs much improvement and funding something I could not stretch too.

I am of course delighted to have been asked by Matt to stay on in this newly created role and continue to lead the Club forward with him, hopefully to better times both on and off the field; of course with change comes uncertainty but I do believe this is a great opportunity for all at the Club, the Staff, Volunteers, Management & Players and with the recent appointment of Sammy Moore and his backroom Team I do truly think that we’ll be exciting fans both new and old and whom we will look forward to seeing at Reachfields very soon.

To those that I have worked closely with at the Club, the Board and the Supporters who welcomed me and my approach, thank you. Exciting times ahead.”

These are exciting times to be a Hythe Town FC supporter and over the coming weeks we shall be updating you on ground improvements and the dates & times season tickets will go on general sale.

Losing Run Over....

Hythe Town 1 Lancing 1

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Saturday 27th April 2024


A young Hythe side managed to end their losing streak at the final opportunity, drawing 1-1 with Lancing at Reachfields on the final day of the season. Manager Sammy Moore made four enforced changes from the 4-0 defeat to Cray Valley PM as Lewis Briggs, Jake Embery, Lex Allan and Johan Caney-Bryan were replaced by Liam Smith, Brad Schafer and Sam Flisher, who returned between the sticks, along with Jake Lemar, the son of former Cannon Justyn Lemar, who made his first start for the club.


Hythe had the first chance of the game on twelve minutes, as Brad Schafer received the ball on the volley, with his attempt going wide of the post. On 26 minutes, the visitors had their first opportunity when Ben Pope's cross into Lukas Franzen-Jones was dealt with by Sam Flisher, who had to get down on one knee to make the catch.


On 31 minutes, a long-range free kick from Oscar Webb was almost met by the hanging leg of Jack Steventon in the box, but he was unable to make contact and the ball went out of play. Another free kick, this time on 37 minutes, was sent in by Josh Wisson from 20 yards and went narrowly over the crossbar to keep the scores level at the break.


The second half began with another effort for Hythe, as a goalmouth scramble between Jake Lemar and Lancing keeper Louis Rogers almost went in, but the scrambling stopper managed to keep it out. On 50 minutes, a cheeky backheel from Oscar Webb allowed Vinny Perry to send in a pinpoint cross from the right onto the head of Brad Schafer, who sent it just over.


In the 71st minute, a signature Jack Steventon throw-in found the feet of Oscar Webb, who hit a looping shot narrowly over the crossbar. Jake Lemar once again put himself in a good position to score when Jack Steventon's cross was met by his head, but he was unable to get enough power on it to send it past Louis Rogers.


However, in spite of Hythe's chances, it was Lancing who struck first on 78 minutes, as Ben Pope chested the ball down and knocked it in past Sam Flisher.


Even though they were behind, the Hythe team kept putting pressure on the visitors and they were rewarded with two minutes to go, as Jake Lemar tried to beat his man in the box and went down, with the referee pointing to the spot. Captain Liam Smith stepped up and slotted the ball to the keeper's left, much to the delight of the Hythe fans, who had had to wait a month to see the Cannons score at home.


The full-time whistle blew to mark a performance which made Hythe fans proud - not only did the more experienced players show their quality, but the young players demonstrated their potential and caused a lot of problems for Lancing. We now look forward to next season under new manager Sammy Moore.


Team: Sam Flisher, Harry Rowland, Harry Le Page, Oscar Webb, Liam Smith, Jack Steventon, Vince Perry, Josh Wisson, Jake Lemar, Bradley Schafer, Oliver Bussey


Scorers: Hythe Town – Liam Smith 88 mins (pen). Lancing – Ben Pope 78 mins.


Yellow Card: Oscar Webb 78 mins, Harry Rowland 84 mins.



Attendance: 367 

Report by Tom Ellerby.

Youngsters do us proud.....

Hythe Town 0 Cray Valley PM 4

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Tuesday 23rd April 2024


Hythe Town were beaten comfortably but gave a good showing against new league leaders Cray Valley PM, losing 4-0 at Reachfields on Tuesday evening. On his home debut, manager Sammy Moore made four enforced changes from the 2-0 defeat to Broadbridge Heath, as Kian Garlinge, Aaron Barnes, Brad Schafer and Liam Smith were replaced by the returning Lex Allan, alongside young debutants Harry Le Page, Vinnie Perry and Oliver Bussey.


The match started very evenly in the first ten minutes, with the two sides having an even share of the possession, but on 14 minutes the inevitable became reality, as Hythe lost the ball in the Cray half allowing Adam Coombes to charge forward on the counterattack, eventually making his way into the box and slotting home from a tight angle past Lewis Briggs. They made it 2-0 six minutes before half-time, as Clement Asiedu sent a looping cross from inside the box onto the head of Adam Coombes, who sent it in for his second before the break.


The second half started rather unfortunately, as a flurry of shots in the 48th minute from the visitors were saved by Lewis Briggs, before Kyrle Lisbie eventually put the ball into the net, despite it taking a deflection off Briggs, to make it 3-0 to Cray Valley. Hythe managed to hold out for a while, but Cray made it 4-0 on 74 minutes as Sonny Black won the ball on the edge of the box and gave it to Julien Anau, who put the ball into the back of the net.


On 81 minutes, Hythe had their best and only big chance of the game as Oscar Webb played a long ball to Josh Wisson, who headed the ball down into the hands of goalkeeper Max Ovenden.


The full-time whistle blew to mark Hythe's eleventh straight defeat. Despite the scoreline, Hythe showed good spirit in the match, especially the four young debutants. The final match of the season will take place on Saturday as Hythe host Lancing at 3pm at Reachfields.


Team: Lewis Briggs, Harry Rowland, Harry Le Page, Oscar Webb, Lex Allan, Jack Steventon, Vinnie Perry, Josh Wisson, Johan Caney-Bryan, Jake Embery, Oliver Bussey (Jake Lemar 72 mins).


Scorers: Cray Valley PM - Adam Coombes 14 & 39 mins, Kyrell Lisbie 48 mins, Julien Anau 74 mins


Yellow Card: Harry Rowland 18 mins.


Attendance: 264

Report by Tom Ellerby



Hythe unlucky...

Broadbridge Heath 2 Hythe Town 0

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Saturday 20th April 2024


The Cannons really deserved something out of Saturday’s final away game at Broadbridge Heath but were stung by two goals in injury time that meant they fell to another defeat.


New manager Sammy Moore made two changes from the side who lost at home to Sittingbourne in midweek as Lewis Briggs came into replace stand in keeper Sam Flisher and Bradley Schafer coming in for Josh Stirman.


The early exchanges were even as both sides looked to create chances and the first opportunity came for Broadbridge Heath on twenty minutes as Mason Doughty worked his way in, but the Hythe defence stood firm as Liam Smith did well to head away for a corner. Another effort came quickly for the hosts as Sam Lemon sent an effort high over the bar.  Hythe had their first chance on 25 minutes as Josh Wisson blasted over. It was now the visitors who were creating the openings as Schafer received the ball, but he rifled his shot over the bar and then Jake Embery on the turn fired wide.


A mistake in the Hythe defence five minutes before the break left Doughty free but he screwed his opportunity wide. Louis Evans had a shot spilled by Hythe keeper Lewis Briggs, but he made up for his error as he saved brilliantly from Callum Dowdell who was following up.


The second half started slowly until on 56 minutes Dowdell cut in and shot just the wrong side of the upright and very soon he was to drill another effort wide. A neat move by Hythe followed as Oscar Webb sent in a free kick which was met by an overhead kick from Schafer that went over. The game was now going end to end as both Liam Smith and Briggs blocked. Hythe were still threatening as a curling effort from Aaron Barnes went just over the bar and then Embery from a tight angle had a shot saved well by Broadbridge Heath keeper George Clark Evans.


Then came the moment that made things very hard for the visitors as Johan Caney-Bryan received a red card following an altercation on the lefthand side. However, just on 90 minutes Hythe were denied as a curling free kick from Schafer was well saved by Clark Evans.


Just as it looked like the Cannons were going to hold on for a point a long Kyle Sim throw-in from the right was headed home by Tad Bromage coming off the underside of the crossbar. There could have been a Hythe equaliser a minute later as Wisson beat Clark Evans, but Ryan Brackpool was on the line to clear away. From the breakaway Lemon broke down the left and slotted past Briggs to make it 2-0.


It was a difficult pill for Hythe to swallow and they must regroup quickly as they take on Cray Valley PM on Tuesday night for their penultimate game of the season. Kick off at Reachfields will be 7:45pm.


Team: Lewis Briggs, Harry Rowland, Kian Garlinge (Lex Allan 50 mins), Josh Wisson, Jack Steventon, Liam Smith, Aaron Barnes, Jake Embery, Johan Caney-Bryan, Bradley Schafer, Oscar Webb. Subs not used: Ethan Smith, Josh Stirman, Sam Flisher


Scorers: Broadbridge Heath - Tadley Bromage 90+2 mins, Sam Lemon 90+3 mins


Red Card: Johan Caney-Bryan 75 mins.

Yellow Cards: Kian Garlinge 49 mins, Bradley Schafer 54 mins, Josh Wisson 72 mins, Jake Embery 76 mins, Liam Smith 85 mins.



Attendance: 304.

Sammy Moore named new Manager....

The Club are delighted to announce the appointment of local and non league manager Sammy Moore as the successor to fans favourite Steve Watt


Sammy brings experience, enthusiasm and charisma as well as living a stones throw from



His management team will include his long time friend and UEFA B Coach Darren Beale with the possibility of a further 'new' face to be confirmed. 


The first challenge is to complete the season with a depleted looking squad suffering from injuries and availability issues!


He and his management team will then begin the process of rebuilding and shaping a new squad for the 24-25 Season which kicks off on Saturday August 10th. 


The Club had a wealth of applications from the very experienced non league scene right through to former Premiership players, oh and of course the funny ones too. 


Having shortlisted three exciting candidates the Board agreed unanimously on the appointment of Sammy Moore and look forward to renewed vigour. 



I'm sure you will offer Sammy and his management team a very warm welcome. 

Patched Up Team Produce Heroics...

Hythe Town 0 Sittingbourne 1

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Tuesday 16th April 2024


Hythe put up a valiant effort on Tuesday night with dwindling numbers of available players, as they went down 1-0 at home to Sittingbourne at Reachfields. On his final match as caretaker manager before Sammy Moore takes over, Alex Flisher made two changes from Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Phoenix Sports, as the injured Brad Schafer and Steve Phillips were replaced by Troy Howard and Sam Flisher who, despite being a right-back by trade, came in as goalkeeper.


Despite the odds being stacked against the Cannons, it was a very even start to the match, and Hythe had the first chance on six minutes, as an Oscar Webb corner was deflected by a Sittingbourne defender onto the head of Harry Rowland, whose effort nustled into the roof of the net. The Brickies got their first chance on 17 minutes, when Harry Hope darted forward and got a shot away, which Sam Flisher managed to push away to his right for a corner. Flisher was once again the saviour on 22 minutes, as a shot from a Sittingbourne player was saved by his legs, before Harry Hope slammed a shot on the rebound off the underside of the crossbar.


On 31 minutes, Hythe had to deal with another setback after Josh Stirman was given a straight red card from the referee following a comment made on the pitch. Despite Hythe's bold attempt at keeping a clean sheet, it wasn't meant to be, and in the 41st minute a shot towards goal was saved by Sam Flisher, but Chris Harris managed to head the ball on the rebound and, despite Flisher getting a hand to it, the ball crept in to give the visitors the lead going into half-time.


In the second half, the fans continued to see a very balanced match between the two sides. The first chance came on 65 minutes, as Jake Embery received the ball for Hythe and opted to shoot from 25 yards out - his shot went just over the crossbar. The second half went on without either side managing to register a chance, but on 90 minutes, Kian Garlinge was shown a second yellow card, meaning Hythe were down to nine men. Despite this, Sittingbourne couldn't take advantage when goal scorer Chris Harris hit a shot at goal which Sam Flisher parried away to top off a solid performance between the sticks.


The result does mean that Hythe have lost nine matches in a row, but the fight shown from the players was admirable, as they failed to go down without a fight. With this being Alex Flisher's final game as caretaker manager, there should be some optimism around the club as we await Sammy Moore's first match in charge away to Broadbridge Heath on Saturday, with the game kicking off at 3pm.


Team: Sam Flisher, Kian Garlinge, Harry Rowland (Lex Allan 90 +1 mins), Oscar Webb (Jack Steventon 90+1 mins), Josh Wisson, Liam Smith, Aaron Barnes, Jake Embery, Johan Caney-Bryan, Josh Stirman, Troy Howard. Subs Unused: Ethan Smith, Jarred Trespaderne, Bradley Schafer.


Scorer: Sittingbourne – Charlie Harris 41 mins.


Red Cards: Josh Stirman 31 mins, Kian Garlinge 90+4 mins (Second Yellow Card)

Yellow Cards: Josh Wisson 84 mins, Oscar Webb 90 mins, Sam Flisher 90+6 mins.


Attendance: 155



Report by Tom Ellerby

Another Defeat for Depleted Cannons

Hythe Town 0 Phoenix Sports 1

Pitching In Isthmian League South-East

Saturday 13th April 2024


Hythe lost their eighth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, going 1-0 down against Phoenix Sports. With his squad wearing thin due to injuries, interim manager Alex Flisher made three changes from Tuesday night's hammering away to Three Bridges, as Josh Stirman, Josh Wisson and Aaron Barnes replaced Sam Itauma, Kai Garande and Josh Vincent, who were all unavailable.


The first chance went Hythe's way on 11 minutes, when Jake Embery shifted the ball to Aaron Barnes, who played it to the onrushing Josh Wisson - his powerful first-time shot from just outside the box went just past the post. However, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock two minutes later as a loose ball in the penalty area was tucked into the net by Ryan Hayes past former Phoenix stopper Steve Phillips.


The first half went on without any notable opportunities for either side until right at the end of the half, when Oscar Webb received a long ball and ran into the box, but went to the floor before he could get his shot away, as the calls for a penalty were waved away by referee Peter Conn.


In the second half, Hythe were inches away from equalising on 54 minutes through an Oscar Webb free kick from 25 yards out, which he placed onto the head of Josh Wisson, who nodded the ball narrowly wide of the post. On 65 minutes, it was almost 2-0 to Phoenix, when goal scorer Ryan Hayes managed to get a powerful shot on target from range which Steve Phillips had to react quickly to, catching the ball before it could go in. The last ten minutes of the match were played almost exclusively in the visitors' own half as they struggled to clear the ball away, but Hythe were unable to do anything with the ball. One last hope for a point came in stoppage time, as Brad Schafer tried to break through the defence but was brought down just outside the box. Oscar Webb stepped up to take the free kick, blazing it over the bar.


The full-time whistle blew to mark another defeat for Hythe, but an important victory for Phoenix Sports, who are now guaranteed a place in next season's Isthmian League South-East Division. Hythe are back in action on Tuesday night as they entertain Sittingbourne, who sit third in the table, at Reachfields at 7:45pm.


Team: Steve Phillips, Kian Garlinge, Bradley Schafer, Josh Wisson, Liam Smith, Harry Rowland, Aaron Barnes, Josh Stirman (Jack Steventon 79 mins), Johan Caney-Bryan, Oscar Webb, Jake Embery. Subs Unused: Lex Allan, Jarred Trespaderne, Sam Flisher, Ethan Smith.


Scorer: Phoenix Sports – Ryan Hayes 13 mins.


Yellow Card: Josh Stirman 45 + 2 mins.



Attendance: 170