Match Reports 2017/2018


Single goal is enough to progress in Trophy.......

Kempston Rovers 0 Hythe Town 1

Buildbase FA Trophy Preliminary Round

Saturday 7th October 2017

 

Hythe Town finally came out the better as they won 1-0 at Evostick South-East Division Kempston Rovers following a tightly fought FA Trophy Preliminary Round tie on Saturday afternoon.

 

The early part of the game was very much stalemate as both sides tested each other and the first opportunity did not come until after a quarter of an hour as Kempston’s Sam Johnson put in a corner that was headed over by Robbie Goodman. Hythe had to wait until twenty minutes for their first threat as Ryan Palmer chased up the left wing pulling in a cross to Ashley Miller who could not get enough of the ball to divert it towards goal. Chances were coming at both ends with Kempston creating the next effort as Sam Johnson picked up the ball and got into position but his shot was poor and went out for a throw-in.

 

Hythe were next to threaten as a dangerous free-kick was nodded on by Dean Grant but lacked power and flew into the arms of home keeper Martin Conway. Hythe keeper Will Godmon had to be at his best as he tipped over a shot from the left by Jake Newman. On 34 minutes Jerald Aboagye broke down the right and crossed into Grant who headed over. Godmon was again on hand to keep the scores level as Ash Fuller got himself into a shooting position but his attempt was palmed away for a corner by the Hythe keeper.  Hythe had their best effort on 40 minutes as Kieron Campbell slammed a free-kick from 25 yards against the cross bar. The hosts really should have done better a minute into first half injury time as Newman broke through the Hythe defence but he sliced his shot wide when it looked easier to hit the target.

 

The early stages of the second half saw Hythe begin to take control of the game as firstly Palmer fired over the bar and then Miller turned in but his effort sailed over. Palmer then had a shot that drifted wide. However Hythe were not to be denied and took the lead on 63 minutes as Palmer crossed into Grant who headed in from close range via a small deflection from a defender. This seemed to spark the hosts in to action as they pressed for an equaliser. Kyal McNulty put in a dangerous cross that was cleared away by the head of Dave Cook.

 

Hythe did have one more chance to increase their lead as Sid Sollis cut in along the by-line pulling the ball back to Grant but his attempt was blocked. However it was the Hythe defence who were coming under pressure but held out with Mitchell Dickenson particularly impressive at the back. Ben Shepherd had an effort that was deflected into the side netting by the Hythe defence and then Sam Johnson broke through but his effort lacked power and was smothered easily by Godmon. One more opportunity for Kempston saw a melee in the Hythe penalty area that was cleared away before the hosts could convert.

 

So it was The Cannons who held onto their 1-0 win and they progress to play at Leatherhead in the 1st Qualifying Round to be played on Saturday 28th October 2017. Hythe will now return to league action next Saturday as they entertain Whyteleafe at Reachfields with a 3pm kick-off.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Ryan Palmer, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer (Mitchell Chapman 73 mins), Dave Cook, Charlie Webster (Ben Wilson 87 mins), Dean Grant, Ashley Miller (Sid Sollis 63 mins), Kieron Campbell.

 

Scorer: Hythe Town – Dean Grant 63 mins

 

 

Attendance: 132


Dos Santos brace seals points..............

Hythe Town 2 Thamesmead Town 1

Bostik League South

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

 

Mark Jenner reports from Reachfields

 

With our usual match correspondent somewhere in the North of England the Board looked to their own bench for a substitute scribe for tonight’s game against Thamesmead with me being the reluctant volunteer to attempt to maintain the usual standard.  So if you are reading this and you think you were at a different match please let me know or alternatively I commend Bob’s BKVP Sport video for the match day connoisseur.

 

Right from the off, a mysterious five minutes late, Hythe attacked the Thamesmead goal with a super cross into the box by Ryan Palmer. With Kenny Pogue gone it surely gives plenty of chances to the other strikers to score.  Ten minutes in and Thamesmead have their first attack ending in a skier from Alex Teniola from a promising position, then just to show Hythe can do the same Jerson Dos Santos reciprocated with an identical shot at the other end with the ball boys still looking for the ball in the car park twenty minutes later.

 

Minutes later a combination of errors left Ryan Johnson clear down the middle with only the keeper to beat with a shot from 25 yards, more work for the ball boys in the car park.  A mistake by Thamesmead gifts the ball to Hythe and Jerson with a clear shot shoots just wide.  Looking at the watch it is half way through the first session and the best news to report being our noisy neighbours being one nil down at Merstham.

 

A lengthy stoppage as a Thamesmead defender receives treatment from a nice lady who works magic on the pitch as he is soon up and running about like Bambi, well a little like Bambi after he got shot it must be said.

 

On 39 minutes a stray shot rattles off the Hythe post and a follow up is well wide.  A movement starts down the right wing with a cheeky back heel by Jerson to find Ryan Palmer who sets off at pace leaving defenders for dead before passing back to Jerson who calmly beats the keeper for one nil on 40 minutes. Thamesmead make substitution as Laurent Mendy is brought on for Tashi Jay Kwayie with two minutes to go.

 

Second half starts same as the first, two opposition defenders miss the ball which falls to Dean Grant who fires into the side netting from an acute angle. Crackerjack shot from Charlie Webster parried by the keeper, no follow up this time, his Dad applauds from the sidelines. Minutes later Webbo on the right wing sets up a cross for Jerson smash in a great goal past the keeper who had no chance.  Worth the entrance money just to see that, must be something in the Santos name, remember Pele they’re the same. (59 minutes)

 

Thamesmead replace Teniola who had failed to impress with Scott Kinch.  Hythe attack again where Dean Grant puts in a great cross in front of goal but Webbo didn’t have the pace at this late stage to get on it and put it through a near empty goal.

 

Twelve minutes to go and Hythe are sitting back and letting their opponents come on to them, our recent history of conceding late goals shows this to be an ill advised policy, please don’t let them back into the game at this late stage.  Free kick towards the corner flag whipped in results in a header just over from Thamesmead.

 

Hythe take Palmer off for Kieron Campbell on 80 minutes.  As predicted a simple ball floated over to the near post leaves Paul Vines with a simple nod in from two feet to score and spoil the clean sheet.  Time to hang on at 88 minutes.

 

Final score 2-1 to Hythe for a valuable three points.  Entertainment value versus staying in and watching telly-no contest.

 

Some of the names may have been changed to protect the innocent.

 

Team: Will Godman, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Charlie Webster, Dean Grant, Jerson Dos Santos, Ryan Palmer (Kieron Campbell 80 mins),

 

Scorer: Hythe Town - Jerson Johnson-Palmer 40 & 59 mins

 

Attendance 153

 


Hythe concede late to come away with nothing.......

Sittingbourne 1 Hythe Town 0

Bostik League South

Saturday 30th September 2017

 

Another goal conceded in the last ten minutes was enough to give high flying Sittingbourne a 1-0 win against Hythe Town at Woodstock Park on Saturday afternoon.

 

The game started cagily as both teams sparred with neither side able to create any meaningful chances and it wasn’t until the 13th minute that Hythe created their first effort. A Kieron Campbell free kick tested Bourne keeper Daren Hawkes whose save rebounded to Jerson Dos Santos whose attempt was blocked. Sittingbourne had to wait until the 22nd minute to threaten as a cross from Kane Phillip found Kane Rowland whose shot was well stopped by Hythe keeper Will Godmon. These were the only two clear attempts in the first half an hour but it was Hythe who looked the more dangerous for the final third of the half. Firstly a free-kick from 25 yards by Dos Santos went straight at Hawkes and then a cross from the right by Charlie Webster found Dos Santos whose effort dropped on the top of the cross bar and over.

 

After 36 minutes Webster moved in on Hawkes who was first to the ball and the ball rebounded to Jordan Johnson-Palmer who slammed the ball wide. Sittingbourne did have one opportunity before the break as Rowland played the ball over to Bola Dawodu who slammed over from close range when it looked easier to hit the target. On the stroke of half-time Dos Santos was in the action again as he shot wide of the target.

 

The second half started with the Cannons on the attack as the ever dangerous Jerald Aboagye broke down the right flank before putting the ball into Webster who fired over the bar. However as the half progressed it was Sittingbourne who began to look the more likely and whilst there were limited chances created they were mostly coming from the hosts. On 50 minutes Phillip sent a speculative shot that went straight at Godmon and then in another attack the ball came out to ex-Hythe striker Tom Loynes who fired over from 25 yards. Loynes was involved again on the hour as he put in a through ball to Rowland but Godmon spread himself well to prevent a goal.

 

A neat move from Sittingbourne saw Phillip spread the ball from left to right to find substitute Gil Carvalho. He passed into Chris Webber who pulled his shot wide. However on 80 minutes it was Sittingbourne who got the winner as Dawodu broke through rounding Godmon and placed the ball into the net. With Hythe appeals for offside, the referee consulted his assistant but the goal was given.  Hythe did press for an equaliser but could not break through the solid Sittingbourne defence who hang on for three more points in their impressive start to the season.

 

Hythe must now regroup as they look forward to home fixture on Tuesday evening as they entertain Thamesmead Town.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Charlie Webster (Ashley Miller 61 mins), Dean Grant, Jerson Dos Santos (Sid Sollis 81mins), Kieron Campbell (Ryan Palmer 69 mins).

 

Goal Scorer: Sittingbourne-Bola Dawodu 80 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 158


Grant hat trick seals win..............

Hythe Town 3 Faversham Town 0

Bostik League South

Tuesday 26th September 2017

 

Hythe Town sailed to an impressive 3-0 win thanks to a superb Dean Grant hat trick against Faversham Town on Tuesday evening at Reachfields.

 

The Cannons started on the attack after just two minutes as Charlie Webster moved in and shot wide. Faversham had their first opportunity on four minutes with former Hythe striker Liam King putting in a dangerous cross to the far post where Hythe keeper Will Godmon prevented Liam King getting in a serious effort. There were a number of chances coming at both ends as firstly Hythe’s Jerson Dos Santos fed the ball to Webster who worked his way in but his final attempt went straight into the arms of Faversham keeper Simon Overland. This was followed by a Faversham free kick from just outside the area from Danny Walder that dipped just over the bar and then a cross by George Monger was headed well wide by Izzy Adebayo.

 

As the first half progressed Hythe’s control of the game increased. A Ben Wilson cross was headed over by Ryan Johnson, Kieron Campbell fired wide and Jordan Johnson-Palmer shot over. Grant was beginning to look dangerous as he worked his way into the penalty area only to have his effort deflected wide and then Dos Santos slammed a shot against the upright. The hosts had a golden opportunity on 37 minutes to take the lead as Mark Lovell brought down Dos Santos in the penalty area. Up stepped Johnson whose penalty sailed high and wide. Faversham did have one effort as a Mongor strike went straight into Godmon’s arms. Ben Wilson continued to put in some testing crosses as Overland pushed the ball out to Webster whose effort went wide and then Campbell sent in a cross that was headed down by Webster but was pushed wide by Overland. However Hythe were not to be denied and took the lead a minute before the break as Webster sent a ball into Grant whose stooping header flew into net.

 

Hythe went further ahead on 51 minutes as Grant forced his way free and slammed the ball home. The Hythe defence which had been strong all evening limited Faversham to long range efforts as firstly Walder curled a free kick from 25 yards wide and then King cut back in and shot over the bar. Walder then sent another shot over from 30 yards. He then had two free kicks, one of which went over and the second straight at Godmon. However on 83 minutes Grant completed his hat trick against his former club as he again broke free and slotted the ball home to seal the points for Hythe. A couple of chances followed for the hosts as substitute Sid Sollis fed the ball through to Dos Santos whose effort was saved by Overland and then deep into injury time Ashley Miller pulled the ball back to Sollis who fired just over.

 

Hythe deserved their three goal win which takes them up to eighth place and this should give them confidence as they move on to their game at high flying Sittingbourne on Saturday.

 

Team: Will Godman, Jerald Aboagye (Ryan Palmer 90 mins), Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Charlie Webster, Dean Grant (Sid Sollis 83 mins), Jerson Dos Santos, Kieron Campbell (Ashley Miller 74 mins).

 

Scorers: Hythe Town - Dean Grant 44, 51 & 83 mins

 

Attendance: 186


Hythe lose two goal lead but still get a point......

South Park 2 Hythe Town 2

Bostik League South

Saturday 23th September 2017

 

Hythe Town lost a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at high flying South Park on Saturday afternoon.

 

It was South Park who began the game on top with their first opportunity coming on three minutes as Kieran Lavery cut in from the left and found space to hit a right footed shot wide of the target and then within a another two minutes the exact same move saw Jack Mazzone have his shot held by Hythe Town keeper, Will Godmon. The hosts continued to press as a neat one-two between Chris Smith and Lavery saw the latter’s attempt blocked well by Godmon coming off his line. Hythe had to wait 14 minutes for their first effort as Kieron Campbell hit a 25 yard shot that sailed over the bar.

 

The Cannons were settling into the game and created a further chance as Dean Grant pounced on a defensive error but his shot went just wide. The next quarter of an hour saw few chances until 35 minutes as Hythe took the lead. Jerald Aboagye forced his way to the by-line pulling the ball back to Grant who tapped home from close range. Charlie Webster was next to threaten as he put in a dangerous cross which went in to the arms of South Park keeper, Callum Thomas.  The hosts did have one opportunity just before half time as Smith put in a cross which was pushed away by Godmon before South Park could capitalise.

 

The period after half time saw Hythe in control of the game and they were two up within two minutes of the restart.  Jordan Johnson-Palmer threaded a superb through ball to Jerson Dos Santos who placed the ball past Thomas and into the corner of the net. Despite appearing to control that part of the game, Hythe were still having to deal with some breakaways as firstly Lavery sent in a dipping free kick which was tipped over by Godmon and after the resultant corner Mazzone hooked an effort into the arms of the Hythe goalkeeper. As the half progressed, South Park began to look the more likely as Joe Jackson broke through but fired over the bar and then they pulled a goal back on 70 minutes as Adam Pullin crossed from the right and Jackson headed in at the near post. There were a couple of opportunities for Hythe to regain a two goal lead as a Wilson cross found Ryan Johnson who had two attempts with the first one being blocked and the second going over the bar. Then Ryan Palmer broke in from the left but pushed the ball wide of the far post.

 

However with three minutes left on the clock, South Park got the equaliser as Chris Smith lobbed the ball over Godmon to hit the far post and go into the net off the rebound. It was a disappointing end to the game which could have been worse had Jackson made more of his opportunity as he caught Dave Cook in possession finding himself one on one with Godmon but missed the target with his attempt.

 

Whilst it was disappointing to lose a two goal lead it was probably a point Hythe would have been happy when the game started. They must now press on as they entertain Faversham Town in league fixture on Tuesday evening at Reachfields.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer (Sid Sollis 90 mins), Dave Cook, Charlie Webster, Dean Grant, Jerson Dos Santos (Ryan Palmer 78 mins), Kieron Campbell (Mitchell Chapman 66 mins).

 

Scorers: South Park-Joe Jackson 70 mins, Chris Smith 87 mins. Hythe Town-Dean Grant 35 mins, Jerson Dos Santos 48 mins

 

Attendance: 77

 


Hythe through in Velocity Trophy......

Faversham Town 2 Hythe Town 5

Velocity Trophy 1st Round

Tuesday 19th September 2017

 

The Cannons eventually eased through to the next round of the Velocity Trophy as they won 5-2 against a young Faversham Town side at Salters Lane on Tuesday evening.

 

Hythe dominated proceedings throughout the ninety minutes and were first to threaten on four minutes as Kieron Campbell had a 25 yard effort deflected wide for a corner. Another long range effort from Ashley Miller drifted well wide of the target. Faversham had their first attempt on ten minutes by Luke Griffiths but his shot sailed over the bar. Charlie Webster, who impressed on the right wing, cut in from the right and struck the ball with his left foot but again it went wide of the goal.

 

Hythe were dominating but struggling to test Faversham keeper Mitchell Day with another shot going wide as Campbell burst in from the right. The Cannons had the perfect opportunity, on 21 minutes to make their dominance count as Sid Sollis was brought down in the Faversham penalty area by Will Hadler. Up stepped Ryan Johnson whose penalty was brilliantly saved by Day. Day was on hand again eight minutes later as Campbell weaved his way into a goal scoring position and forced the Faversham keeper to push the ball around the post.

 

One more chance for Hythe before half time saw Jordan Johnson-Palmer hit a long range shot from 30 yards that drifted wide. However there was a sucker punch on the stroke of half time as Faversham took the lead against the run of play. A cross from Sam Lawford found Luke Griffiths who stroked the ball home.

 

The pattern of the game didn’t change in the second half as Hythe continued to dominate the game. On 50 minutes the ever dangerous Campbell pulled the ball back hitting the outside of the upright. However two minutes later Hythe finally took one of their chances and were level as Ryan Palmer fed the ball to Johnson whose header was deflected by a defender into the net. Webster was then to cut in and shoot just wide but did better on 68 minutes as he met a Campbell cross and planted the ball into the net to give the Cannons the lead. However that lead only lasted nine minutes when again against the run of play Emmanuel Barnett turned and slotted the ball home to bring the scores level.

 

The Cannons then seemed to go up through the gears as the pressed hard in the last ten minutes with Palmer feeding the ball through to Dean Grant who headed over and then with eight minutes left on the clock substitute Jerson Dos Santos broke into the area and placed his shot passed Day to give the Cannons the lead. On 86 minutes Hythe finally made the win secure as Jerald Aboagye went on a run through the defence finding himself one on one with Day and slammed the ball home to make in 4-2.  Right on the stroke of full time the visitors put the icing on the cake as Campbell had a shot blocked but it fell to Mitchell Chapman who blasted home from close range.

 

Hythe now await the draw for the next round to find out their opponents as they move onto a difficult away fixture on Saturday at South Park.

 

Team: Nick Shaw, Jerald Aboagye (Ben Wilson 87 mins), Ryan Palmer, Ryan Johnson, Michell Dickenson, Mitchell Chapman, Charlie Webster, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Sid Sollis (Dean Grant 69 mins), Ashley Miller (Jerson Dos Santos 69 mins), Kieron Campbell.

 

Scorers: Faversham Town-Luke Griffiths 45 mins, Emmanuel Barnett 77 mins. Hythe Town Ryan Johnson 52 mins, Charlie Webster 68 mins, Jerson Dos Santos 82 mins, Jerald Aboagye 86 mins, Mitchell Chapman 90 mins.

 

Attendance: 97

 


Early penalty enough for Cannons victory......

Hythe Town 1 Ashford United 0

Bostik League South

Saturday 16th September 2017

 

Hythe were grateful for a fourth minute penalty to gain all three points in a 1-0 win at home to Ashford United on Saturday afternoon.

 

It was the Cannons who dominated the first half and created their first opportunity on two minutes as Ryan Palmer sent in a free kick from just outside the penalty area straight into the arms of Ashford keeper, George Kamurasi. However Kamusari was at fault two minutes later as he clipped Hythe debutant Jerson Dos Santos as he broke into the penalty area. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Ryan Johnson who placed his kick neatly into the corner of the net to give Hythe the lead.

 

The hosts continued to control the game with Dean Grant working his way down the left and unleashing a shot just over the bar. Ashford had to wait until the twelfth minute for their first meaningful effort as Max Watters broke through lobbing the ball over Hythe keeper Will Godmon but also over the bar. Palmer was in the action again as he cut in and shot straight at Kamurasi. At the other end Tyrell Richardson-Brown turned and shot but did not trouble Godmon who held onto the ball easily.  Mitchell Chapman was to then run in towards the Ashford penalty area and slam the ball over the bar. One more chance for Hythe before the interval as Ben Wilson played the ball into Grant who nodded on to Dave Cook who, playing his record 356th appearance for the Cannons, got under the ball and headed over from close range.

 

The second half started again with Hythe in the ascendancy as Wilson sent in a deep corner to Mitchell Dickenson who headed wide and then on 52 minutes the same combination saw Wilson cross to Dickenson who buried his header into the net but the goal was ruled out for an infringement that the referee had seen. Ashford had their first attack of the half on 53 minutes as Matthew Day broke through the offside trap but screwed his effort wide. The hosts however were still creating the majority of the chances as Wilson got the ball onto Grant who fed Dos Santos whose attempt went just wide. With Hythe continuing to press Jordan Johnson-Palmer created the next opportunity passing to Palmer whose final shot lacked power and did not threaten. Ashford were creating the odd scare at the other end as Brendon Williams got the ball over to Connor Westney whose effort was well saved by Godmon.

 

Hythe were continuing to have the lion’s share of the play as Dos Santos passed the ball out to Wilson whose shot was saved by Kumurasi who was on hand again two minutes later as Jerald Aboagye pulled the ball back to Grant who forced a good save from the Ashford keeper. Dos Santos was proving a thorn in Ashford’s side as he closed in down the by-line getting the ball into Aboagye who fired wide. On 73 minutes Kumurasi tipped over a curling free kick from Dos Santos.

 

Despite dominating proceedings the home support were becoming concerned that there may be a sucker punch from the visitors as Ben Davisson screwed a shot wide and then ex Hythe favourite Pat Kingwell pulled the ball back and unleashed a shot that shaved the right hand post. This was followed by a Richardson-Brown attempt that curled the ball high over the bar.

 

Hythe were to hold onto their lead and take all three points. They take a break from league action on Tuesday as they visit Faversham Town in the Velocity Trophy.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Mitchell Chapman, Dave Cook, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dean Grant (Sid Sollis 75 mins), Jerson Dos Santos (Kieron Campbell 89 mins), Ryan Palmer (Ashley Miller 68 mins).

 

Scorer: Hythe Town-Ryan Johnson 4 mins (pen)

 

Attendance: 351 

 


Sollis double helps Hythe to three points.........

VCD Athletic 1 Hythe Town 2

Bostik League South

Tuesday 12th September 2017

 

Hythe got their first away points of the season as they won 2-1 at VCD Athletic on Tuesday evening.

 

The first half was stalemate as both sides struggled to get any chances on target. The first opportunity for the hosts came after only three minutes as the ever dangerous, Steve Carvell turned in and shot straight at Hythe keeper, Will Godmon. The Cannons created their first effort on seven minutes as Charlie Webster played the ball into Dean Grant who headed into VCD keeper Joe Mant’s arms. The odd chance was being created at each end as a cross from Omar Lawson found Aymun El-Moyhalbel who could not get proper contact on the ball and it trickled wide.

 

Webster sent in another cross for Hythe and Grant again headed straight at Mant. At the other end Carvell while off-balance shot wide. Kieron Campbell then delivered a high cross into Grant who this time got under the ball and headed over. One last chance of the half came on 34 minutes as a Ben Wilson free-kick was rifled straight at the ex-Hythe keeper Mant who held onto the ball easily. It was no surprise that the teams went in goal less at half-time.

 

The game livened up in the second half as Carvell shot wide of the Hythe goal. However the Cannons were ahead on 53 minutes as Sid Sollis came in from the right and fired toward the far post with the ball deflecting off Mant and into the net. Hythe went further ahead three minutes later as Grant fed the ball through to Sollis who ran in and slotted the ball home for his second of the evening.

 

This seemed to spark VCD into action as they tried to get back into the game. On the hour a cross from El-Moyhalbel was headed down and wide by Kemo Darboe and then Carvell found himself one on one with Godmon who spread himself well to block Carvell’s path and the VCD striker fired over. However Carvell was not to be denied as on 66 minutes he turned on the edge of the area and slotted the ball home to narrow the gap. Despite a Wilson free kick going over the bar, it was the hosts who looked the more likely to get an equaliser as the ball came out to Derek Duncan who fired over and then Ricardo Joseph sent a dipping effort over the bar. Thanks partly due to a dominating performance by Mitchell Dickenson at the back the Cannons soaked up the pressure.

 

Hythe were unlucky on 87 minutes not to extend their lead as a Grant cross was deflected on to his own cross bar by Mant. VCD immediately counter attacked and substitute Rashid Kamara forced a good save from Godmon. One more opportunity for Hythe saw Ashley Miller push the ball out to Wilson whose shot was well saved by Mant.

 

The game marked Dave Cook completing his 355th appearance for Hythe overtaking John Walker’s previous record and he was rewarded with three well-earned points as the Cannons look forward to their game on Saturday at home to Ashford United.  

 

Team: Will Godmon, Charlie Webster, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Mitchell Chapman, Dave Cook, Sid Sollis (Jordan Johnson-Palmer 73 mins), Dean Grant (Kenny Pogue 90 mins), Ryan Palmer (Ashley Miller 86 mins), Kieron Campbell.

      

Scorers: VCD Athletic-Stephen Carvell 67 mins. Hythe Town Sid Sollis 53 & 56 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 64 


Hythe lose at Lewes.....

Lewes 1 Hythe Town 0

Bostik League South

Saturday 9th September 2017

 

Hythe's recent resurgence came to a halt as they went down 1-0 at Lewes on Saturday afternoon.

 

It was the Cannons who created the first opportunity as after three minutes Dean Grant played the ball into Ashley Miller who had two stabs at the ball but both occasions the attempt was blocked. However it was Lewes who began to take control as their first effort came on six minutes with James Hammond putting in a dangerous cross that went across the Hythe goalmouth and away for a goal-kick. Ronnie Conlon was to then force Hythe keeper, Will Godmon to tip the ball over as he unleashed a shot from the edge of the area.

 

There were screams for a Lewes penalty as Reece Williams-Bowers went down in the penalty area but the referee waved away the appeals. The pressure continued as a Dave Cook clearance fell to veteran striker Jamie Brotherton who spooned the ball into Godmon’s arms. Hythe were creating some opportunities as Grant crossed but Kenny Pogue could not get enough of the ball to redirect it towards goal. On 24 minutes Lewes converted their dominance into a goal as Conlon on the left fired the ball into the far corner of the net to give them a deserved lead.

 

There were a couple of efforts at either end in the 36th minute as Willliams-Bowers turned and shot into Godmon’s arms and then a Ben Wilson had cross headed wide. A poor clearance from Jerald Aboagye went straight to Hammond who shot over and then with a minute on the clock until half time a Wilson corner was headed over by Mitchell Dickenson.

 

The second half was played in periods of torrential rain and started with Hythe on the attack as Miller fed the ball over to Kieron Campbell but the ball was fired over the bar. Ryan Palmer started to press down the right and crossed into captain, Ryan Johnson who headed over. Lewes still looked likely to get a second as the ball came out to Hammond who looped the ball over the bar. Hammond then slammed a free kick into the side netting. This was followed by a melee in the Hythe penalty area which was eventually cleared away.

 

The Cannons were unlucky on 76 minutes as a Sid Sollis cross was met by Johnson whose header slammed against the post and then a Palmer cross was headed away by ex-Folkestone Invicta defender Frankie Chapple before any Hythe player could get to the ball. Hythe did continue to press in the last few minutes to get the elusive goal that would give them a point as Grant firstly slammed in a shot from close range that was blocked and then right on full time Palmer lofted a free kick just over the bar.

 

It was too little, too late for Hythe who must look for their first away points of the season as they travel to VCD Athletic on Tuesday evening.

 

 

Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Johnson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Ashley Miller (Ryan Palmer 60 mins), Dean Grant, Kenny Pogue (Mitchell Chapman 45 mins), Kieron Campbell (Sid Sollis 72 mins)

 

Scorers: Lewes-Ronnie Conlon 25 mins

 

 

Attendance: 400 


Hythe out of Senior Cup on penalties......

Hythe Town 1 Folkestone Invicta 1 (Folkestone won 5-4 on pens)

Kent Reliance Senior Cup 1st Round

Tuesday 5th September 2017

 

The Cannons were quickly onto the offensive and were ahead after only two minutes as Sid Sollis picked up the ball. He eased his way forward and unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew into the top corner of the net giving Folkestone Invicta keeper Scott Chalmers-Stevens no chance.

 

Invicta had to wait until the 13th minute to create their first opportunity as the lively Jordan Wright fired in a cross from the right which was pushed away by Hythe keeper Will Godmon. The ball came back to Adam Yusuff who fired the ball straight back at Godmon. The game was going from end to end and it was Hythe who were next to threaten as Ryan Palmer rifled the ball from 25 yards just over the bar.

 

At the other end Folkestone’s Scott Heard put the ball through to Wright but he was well blocked by Keane Gillett who cleared the ball away. A couple of efforts for the equaliser firstly saw Nat Blanks find Finn O’Mara who headed wide and then on 41 minutes the ball came out to Wright who spooned the ball high over the bar. Another run from Palmer saw a bullet shot which flew into Chalmers-Stevens’ arms.

 

The second half began with Hythe on the attack as Sollis worked his way along the by-line and pulled the ball back for Palmer whose shot was deflected wide. Hythe continued to press and a Charlie Webster long range free kick into the area was flicked on by Pogue to Sollis who couldn’t quite get his toe to the ball. On 64 minutes Palmer played the ball across to Grant who attempted a spectacular overhead kick that went just wide. This was followed by a Palmer corner that was met by Grant’s head forcing Chalmers-Stevens to tip the ball over the bar.

 

As the game progressed it was Invicta who began to pump up the pressure looking for the equaliser. Kwanbena Osei had a header cleared off the line with appeals for a penalty turned down by the referee and then six minutes later a corner by Heard was headed on forcing Ryan Johnson to head off his own line. The pressure was now piling in on the Hythe defence and eventually Folkestone were rewarded on 79 minutes with an equaliser as Joe Taylor turned in the penalty area and slid the ball past Godmon into the net. The visitors nearly forced a winner with minutes to go as a shot by Wright forced a good save from Godmon.

 

There were two chances for the hosts before the end as Palmer fed the ball through to Grant but he scooped the ball over the bar and then Jordan Johnson-Palmer blasted over. The game went straight to penalties at the final whistle with Hythe successful with their first four penalties but missing their next three and with Folkestone converting five it was the visitors who go through to play Greenwich Borough in the next round.

 

It was entertaining evening in a game which could have gone either way and Hythe can now concentrate on the league fixture at Lewes next Saturday.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Charlie Webster, Keane Gillett (Ben Wilson 88 mins, Ryan Johnson, Will Thomas (Jordan Johnson-Palmer 23 mins), Mitchell Chapman, Dave Cook, Sid Sollis (Dean Grant 63 mins), Kenny Pogue, Ryan Palmer, Kieron Campbell

 

Scorers: Hythe Town-Sid Solllis 2 mins. Folkestone Invicta-Joe Taylor 79 mins

Folkestone Invicta won 5-4 on penalties

 

 

Attendance 304


Hythe sail to comfortable victory......

Hythe Town 5 Guernsey 1

Bostik League South

Saturday 2nd September 2017

 

Hythe ran out comfortable winners as they hammered Guernsey 5-1 at Reachfields on Saturday afternoon

 

It was Guernsey who were the first to threaten on two minutes as a cross from Craig Young found Angus Mackay but he headed well over the bar. Hythe were turned down a shout for a penalty a minute later as a great though ball sent Dean Grant forward. As he entered the penalty area, he appeared to be impeded but the referee waved away the appeals.

 

On a quarter of an hour, Hythe were lucky that Jerald Abogaye was in position as he headed off the line however only a minute later at the other end Kenny Pogue nodded onto Grant who headed towards goal but Young was on the Guernsey line to clear the ball away. With nineteen minutes gone Hythe had their keeper Nick Shaw, who was covering for the suspended Will Godmon, to thank as he saved well from Jamie Dodd. The ball came out to Matthew Loaring who skewed his effort wide.

 

It was Hythe who starting to take control of the game and were ahead on 26 minutes as Pogue pushed the ball past Guernsey keeper Callum Stanton and then poked the ball into the net. Within a minute Hythe could have had two as Charlie Webster had a shot blocked and the ball came out to Kieron Campbell who fired wide. The chances were all coming for Hythe with Wilson putting a cross that was headed over by Campbell and then Campbell got the ball into Adams who blasted over.

 

However Hythe were not to be denied as on 38 minutes Campbell had a shot blocked with the ball coming out to Webster who slotted home to make it 2-0. One chance for the Islanders to get back in the game just before half time saw Young fire a shot that was parried by Shaw and it was cleared away.

 

The second half continued with Hythe on the front foot and within five minutes of the restart they were three ahead as Grant centred from the by line and Pogue headed his second. A number of chances followed for the hosts as firstly Jordan Johnson-Palmer collected the ball from Campbell and fired over and then a pin point through ball from Adams found Grant who attempted a chip which he miss hit into Stanton’s arms. Another dangerous moment came for the visitors as a Wilson cross was hooked over his own goal by Sam Cochrane.

 

On the hour another Wilson cross was headed wide by Pogue who was looking for his hat trick. The chances kept coming as Adams got the ball out to Campbell who moved in but pulled his attempt wide and then a great move between Miller and Wilson finally saw Grant stretch for the ball but it went over the bar. Guernsey were to pull a goal back on 79 minutes as Thomas Dodds picked up the ball just outside the area and drilled a shot that deflected past Shaw. This seemed to spark Guernsey to press for a comeback and they did have a penalty appeal turned with ten minutes to go.

 

However the Hythe defence stood firm and made sure of the game with one minute of normal time left. Miller played the ball onto debutant Will Thomas who passed into Dean Grant and the striker slammed the ball home from close range. Deep into injury time the Cannons rubbed salt into the wounds as a cross from Wilson was fired into his own net by Jamie Dodd.

 

It was a satisfying afternoon for the Cannons as they moved up the table and Kenny Pogue went to the top of the league scorers for this season. This will give the team confidence as they go into the Kent Reliance Senior Cup fixture at home Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday evening.

 

Team: Nick Shaw, Jerald Abogaye, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Charlie Webster (Ryan Palmer 62 mins), Sam Adams (Will Thomas 76 mins), Dean Grant, Kenny Pogue (Ashley Miller 68 mins), Kieron Campbell.

 

Scorers: Hythe Town-Kenny Pogue 26 & 50 mins, Charlie Webster 38 mins, Dean Grant 89 mins, Jamie Dodd (OG) 90 mins. Guernsey – Thomas Dodds 79 mins.

 

 

Attendance 192


Pogue brace helps Cannons to win.............

Hythe Town 4 Ramsgate 1

Bostik League South

Monday 28th August 2017

 

The Cannons finally kick started their season as they ended up winning comfortably 4-1 at home to Ramsgate on Monday afternoon.

 

However the hosts were to start the half on the back foot as the Rams began the brighter. Jake Mackenzie was first to threaten as he drove a cross from the right across the goalmouth but there was nobody on hand to convert the opportunity. Adam Woollcott was next to threaten as he ran in but fired just wide. It was the visitors who continued to look the more likely as Tom Chapman shot weakly at Hythe keeper, Will Godman. The Cannons had to wait until the tenth minute before their first attack with Sid Sollis who jinked into the area and had his final effort saved by Ramsgate keeper, Luke Watkins.  Then a deep cross from Sam Adams found Kenny Pogue who directed the ball wide.

 

However the Rams were to take a deserved lead on twelve minutes with Tom Chapman pouncing on a defensive mistake and crossing to Alfie Paxman who slotted the ball home from close range. This seemed to spark the Cannons into action as Jerald Aboagye sent a ball over from the right to Pogue whose attempt was deflected into the arms of Watkins. The Cannons continued their fightback on 24 minutes as Ben Wilson put in a cross behind the Ramsgate defence with Grant meeting the ball and after a melee in the penalty area the ball was cleared away. Another Wilson free kick was headed wide by Sollis.

 

Then came the incident that lead to the equaliser as Aboagye put in a cross that found Grant who appeared to be brought down by Watkins as he tried to get his effort away. The referee pointed to the penalty spot and up stepped Adams who blasted his penalty home with 37 minutes on the clock. It was Hythe who were now on top as Kieron Campbell worked his way along the by-line before getting the ball over to Pogue who headed over. On 41 minutes Hythe took a deserved lead as the ball was played over the Ramsgate defence finding Grant who slotted the ball past Watkins for his first goal of the season.

 

The early exchanges of the second period saw the more meaningful chances coming for the visitors. On 49 minutes the ball was deflected by the Hythe defence into the path of Jake Munday whose shot was heading for the far corner but the out stretched arm of Godmon pushed the ball around the post. Ramsgate were unlucky not to equalise on 51 minutes as Chapman played the ball onto Rory Smith who slammed the ball against the inside of the upright and into Godmon’s arms. Munday was then to threaten as he hit a volley wide. However, the Cannons weathered the storm as an Adams corner was headed over by Dave Cook. 

 

Hythe were to extend their lead on 63 minutes as Grant broke free and centred to Pogue who diverted the ball into the net from close range. Ollie Gray did have one opportunity for the Rams as he headed down but the ball went into Godmon’s arms but it was Pogue who headed his second goal on 68 minutes from another Grant cross that sealed the game. One more chance for a consolation for the visitors as Smith had a shot deflected into Godmon’s arms but it was the hosts who were now fully in charge with Ashley Miller creating the last opportunity as he played the ball into Adams whose attempt was deflected for a corner.

 

The three points were welcome and deserved for Hythe and this should create confidence for the next few games starting with Saturday’s home game against Guernsey which kicks off at 2pm.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Sid Sollis (Ashley Miller 56 mins), Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Sam Adams, Dean Grant, Kenny Pogue (Mitchell Chapman 76 mins), Kieron Campbell (Ryan Palmer 62 mins).

 

Scorers: Hythe Town-Sam Adams 37 mins (pen), Dean Grant 41 mins, Kenny Pogue 63 & 68 mins. Ramsgate-Alfie Paxman 12 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 185


Cannons rue missed chances.......

Phoenix Sports 2 Hythe Town 0

Bostick League South

Saturday 26th August 2017

 

It was a truly frustrating afternoon for the Cannons as they dominated long periods of the game but still fell to a 2-0 defeat at Phoenix Sports on Saturday afternoon.

 

It was the hosts who were first to threaten as the lively Jack Barham was blocked well by Hythe keeper, Will Godmon, who came out to make the save. The next period of the game saw Hythe dominate the possession but they had to wait twelve minutes to have their first opportunity as Kieron Campbell sent the ball in to Ryan Palmer who tried to get into a shooting position before firing straight at the impressive Phoenix goalkeeper Steve Phillips. Godmon then sent a long clearance over the home defence finding Dean Grant whose bullet shot was tipped over by Phillips.

 

On 23 minutes Hythe were awarded a penalty as Dave Cook was pushed as he slammed a header against the cross bar and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Ryan Palmer whose penalty was brilliantly saved by Phillips stretching to his right at full stretch. The Cannons continued to press and it was new loan signing Sid Sollis who shot wide as he moved in from the right. Phoenix were fortunate to remain on level terms as Ben Wilson sent in a corner that was met by Cook but Jack Hopkins was on hand to head off the line. Mitchell Chapman put the ball through to Palmer but he hooked his attempt wide.

 

Phoenix did have two attempts before half-time. Firstly ex Hythe Town striker Frankie Sawyer miss hit a shot from the centre of the penalty area without threatening the goal and then a long range drivet from Tony Robinson sailed over the bar. Sandwiched in between Wilson unleashed a free-kick from just outside the area that was tipped over by Phillips.

 

The second half started with the same pattern however it was the hosts who were first to attack as Barham pulled the ball around the post on 49 minutes. Hythe were still creating the majority of the chances as Grant ran in from the right but he blasted wide and then Campbell broke through rounding the keeper but couldn’t get in a meaningful shot.  However Phoenix began to look more threatening as the half progressed. Firstly Hopkins pulled a shot wide and then on the hour substitute Dajon Golding played the ball into Barham whose hooked shot was well saved by Godmon. Within a minute Barham had given Phoenix the lead as he broke through slamming the home past Godman.

 

Hythe continued to attack looking for the equaliser as an Ashley Miller free-kick was tipped over by Phillips and then was unlucky as he got on to a rebound from a shot by Sollis and slammed the ball against the upright. On 68 minutes, Phoenix put the game out of reach of the Cannons as Sawyer came back to haunt his former club. He picked up the ball and fired home to make the score 2-0.  Hythe did go on to look to narrow the gap as Kenny Pogue neatly headed on to Grant but he couldn’t get a meaningful effort away and then the ball came out to Wilson who forced a good save out of Phillips.

 

It was all too late as time ran out for Hythe. The team must look at ensuring they finish the chances that they create as they entertain Ramsgate on Monday afternoon with a 3pm kick off.

 

Team: Will Godman, Charlie Webster, Ben Wilson, Mitchell Chapman, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Sid Sollis (Kenny Pogue 65 mins), Dean Grant, Ryan Palmer (Ashley Miller 58 mins), Kieron Campbell (Jerald Abogaye 75 mins)

 

Scorers: Phoenix Sports-Jack Barham 61 mins, Frankie Sawyer 68 mins

 

 Attendance 137


Cannons out of the cup.....

 

Hythe Town 1 Corinthian-Casuals 3

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

 

Hythe’s disappointing start to the season continued as they were dumped out of the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday evening at Reachfields.

 

Casuals started brightly and put all the early pressure on the Hythe goal in the early exchanges. Hythe keeper Will Godmon was tested as early as the second minute as he spilled a shot but was able to recover well at the second attempt. The visitors continued to press as Josh Uzun received the ball from Jorson Dos Santos but his attempt was chested away by Mitchell Dickenson. Jamie Byatt was next to threaten for Casuals as he broke in from the left but was denied by Godmon.

 

Hythe’s first attack resulted in the first goal of the game after 17 minutes. Ryan Palmer hit a shot that seemed to be covered by Casuals keeper Danny Bracken but the ball slipped through his hands and into the net. The rest of the half saw the more meaningful chances falling for the visitors. Byatt received the ball on the left side and blasted over and then he had an attempt blocked by Godmon. Palmer did have one opportunity for the Cannons as he sent a long range free-kick high over the bar.

 

Casuals were deservedly level on 40 minutes as Gabriel Odunaike broke free and slotted the ball past Godmon and into the net. One more chance in the first-half saw a deep Uzun corner find Jack Strange who headed over at the far post.

 

Hythe really began to come into the game in the second half. A neat one-two between Jerald Abogaye and Mitchell Chapman saw the former hit a blistering shot straight into Bracken’s arms. Dean Grant then sent in a cross-come shot that dipped just too late and went over the bar. At this stage of the game most of Casuals chances were coming on the break as Mu Maan broke through but was denied by an outstanding block by Godmon.

 

Hythe continued on the attack as Kieron Campbell was to fire a free kick from just outside the area over the bar and then the winger jinked in and out of the Casuals defence but his final effort was easily saved by Bracken. Aboagye had a shot blocked and the rebound came out to Campbell but he fired over followed by a ball from Aboagye that found Grant but he shot wide. Then came the moment that settled the tie. A Casuals striker found himself one on one with Godmon and before he could get his shot away he was impeded by the Hythe keeper in the penalty area and the referee rightly pointed to the penalty spot. He also had no choice but to show Godmon a red card. Up stepped Josh Uzun who sent his penalty past stand in keeper Dave Cook.

 

That goal took the heart out of the hosts as Maan sent a long range shot over the bar and then Reyon had a shot deflected wide by Dickenson. However Casuals made certain of the result a minute into injury time as Dos Santos played the ball to Ben Cheklit who slotted the ball home. One more chance for Casuals as substitute Tommy Smith forced Cook, who was playing his 350th game for Hythe, into a good save.

 

At the final whistle it is Casuals who will go on to play in the next round at Ashford Town (Middlesex) and the Cannons who must now concentrate on getting some league points on the board as they visit Phoenix Sports on Saturday afternoon.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Charlie Webster, Ben Wilson, Mitchell Chapman, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Ryan Palmer (Kenny Pogue 86 mins), Dean Grant, Jerald Aboagye, Kieron Campbell (Jay May 89 mins).

 

 

Scorers: Hythe Town-Ryan Palmer 17 mins. Corinthian-Casuals Gabriel Odunike 40 mins, Josh Uzun 85 mins (pen), Ben Cheklit Dillon 90 mins

 

Attendance: 278


Determined Hythe earn replay............

Corinthian-Casuals 1 Hythe Town 1

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 19/08/2017

 

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.

 

 

Attendance 115


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

 

 

Attendance 114


Casuals come away with points............

Hythe Town 1 Walton Casuals 2

Bostik League South

Saturday 12th August 2017

 

Hythe went down to a hard working Walton Casuals team who came away from Reachfields with a well-deserved victory.

 

The early exchanges belonged to the visitors as they created their first opportunity after only three minutes as a poor clearance from the Hythe defence was jumped on by Isaac Sarapong but his shot went into the side netting. They continued to press as Josh Kelly had a shot deflected over Hythe keeper Will Godmon but it also went over the bar. Godman was to deny another attempt by Sarapong.

 

Hythe had to wait until the sixteenth minute before their first opportunity as Jerald Abagoye broke down the right and centred into Dean Grant who turned the ball into the side netting. Casuals got a deserved lead on 18 minutes as Josh Kelly curled a shot from the edge of the area into the top corner of the net. Their lead lasted six minutes before Aboagye pounced on a defensive mistake and crossed to Jay May who made no mistake side footing home from close range.

 

Casuals had a further attempt on 31 minutes as a Roscoe Dsane cross was headed down by Daryl Coleman but the ball bounced over the bar. Hythe continued to create some chances as Sam Adams sent a free kick from the edge of the area over the bar. Casuals then got the goal that sealed the game as a cross from Josh Kelly was met by Roscoe Dsane who slammed the ball home on 36 minutes. Hythe did have one effort just before the break as Aboagye pushed the ball into Campbell who slammed it into the side netting.

 

The second half started in the same pattern as Alex Kelly sliced a shot wide and then at the other end Ben Wilson sent in a corner that was headed wide by Mitchell Dickenson but it was the visitors who were creating the more meaningful chances as Sean McCormack forced Will Godmon to tip the over the bar. Alex Kelly crossed into McCormack who this time headed wide.

 

Hythe did press towards the end as a Wilson corner was headed wide by Ryan Johnson. With ten minutes to go Grant curled a shot wide of the target but things were to get worse for the Cannons as captain Ryan Johnson was sent off for a second yellow card near to the end of normal time. One more chance for the visitors in injury time as substitute Jack Battie had a shot held by Godmon at a second attempt.

 

It was a disappointing start to the season for Hythe who must now regroup as they prepare for Wednesday's fixture at Thamesmead Town.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye (Charlie Webster 69 mins), Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Dave Cook, Sam Adams, Jay May (Ryan Palmer 63 mins), Dean Grant, Kieron Campbell.

 

Scorers: Hythe Town-Jay May 25 mins: Walton Casuals-Josh Kelly 18 mins, Roscoe Dsane 36 mins:

 

 

Attendance: 181 


Cannons score four but lose.......

Hythe Town 4 Bowers & Pitsea 5

Pre-Season Friendly

Saturday 5th August 2017

 

Hythe gave away a 4-1 lead to go down 5-4 in their last pre-season friendly at home to Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday afternoon.

 

It started so well for the Cannons as they dominated the first half. In the first few seconds Dean Grant slammed the ball into the side netting. The fifth minute saw the Cannons take the lead a Kieron Campbell picked up the ball on the edge of the area and sent in an exquisite shot that curled into the top right hand corner of the net. Bowers got the ball in the net on eight minutes but Tony Stokes was adjudged to have handled the ball as he redirected it in and the referee had no hesitation in ruling out the effort.

 

The hosts were continuing to have the best of the chances as Grant had a curling shot pushed round the post by Bowers keeper Callum Chafer. Jerald Aboagye, now returned from holiday, pushed the ball through to Jay May whose shot from twenty yards went wide. The Cannons domination then paid off on 38 minutes as Jordan Johnson-Palmer slammed a shot that ricocheted off the post and onto Chafer and into the net to increase their lead. Before half-time both May and Ryan Palmer shot over the and then on the stroke of half-time May fed the ball to Palmer who passed to Grant who has his first attempt blocked and when the ball came back to him he fired wide.

 

The second half started with Bowers on the attack Ryan Mallet headed onto Stokes who also used his head but the ball was easily caught by Hythe keeper Will Godmon. With 48 minutes gone Hythe were awarded a penalty as a Palmer cross was handled by James Thomas. Up stepped Sam Adams, who put his penalty miss on Tuesday behind him as he drilled the ball into the net to Chafer’s left. Only seven minutes later a similar penalty was awarded at the other end as May this time handled the ball. Stokes calmly tucked the ball away to narrow the deficit.

 

However Hythe were to restore their three goal lead on 57 minutes as another moment of magic from Campbell saw the winger burst through the middle and then unleash a shot that gave Chafer no chance. However within five minutes the gap was down to one as firstly Bowers sprung the offside trap and Lewis Clark went through unopposed to put the ball past Godmon and then Ben Sartain slammed the ball home with the defence just looking on. A couple of chances for Hythe saw Keane Gillett get the ball into May whose effort was easily collected by Chafer and then another Campbell attack forced a good save from the Bowers keeper.

 

Things then started to really go downhill for the Cannons as all the pressure in the last fifteen minutes came from the visitors. Firstly substitute Jamie Brown curled a shot over the bar and then Sartain sent in a ball to James Thomas whose back header looped over the target. However Bowers pressure paid off as on 86 minutes Fahad Nyanja tapped the ball home from a cross and then in the final minute he got his second and the winner as he broke through the defence and planted the ball in the net.

 

It is hard to explain how Hythe lost such a comfortable lead to lose a game that should have been won easily. That is pre-season over and now the Cannons must look forward to start of the season proper at home to Walton Casuals (Kick off 3pm) to ensure that they don’t give anything away when they have dominated up to the latter part of the match.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Jerald Aboagye, Keane Gillett, Ryan Johnson, Matt Newman, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Ryan Palmer, Sam Adams, Jay May, Dean Grant, Kieron Campbell. Subs used Mitchell Chapman, Kenny Pogue, Charlie Webster.

 

Scorers: Hythe Town-Kieron Campbell 5 & 57 mins, Jordan Johnson-Palmer 58 mins, Sam Adams 48 mins (pen): Bowers & Pitsea-Tony Stokes 57 mins (pen), Lewis Clark 59 mins, Ben Sartain 62 mins, Fahad Nyanja 86 & 89 mins

 

Attendance: 112

 


Cannons draw away ......

SC Thamesmead 1 Hythe Town 1

Pre-season Friendly

Tuesday 1st August 2017

 

Hythe Town had a disappointing 1-1 draw at SC Thamesmead on Tuesday evening.

 

The game started brightly for the Cannons who took the lead on only four minutes as a Ben Wilson corner found Jay May who calmly stroked the ball into the net. Hythe continued to press and a Wilson cross found Jordan Johnson-Palmer who blasted over the bar. Hythe should have increased their lead in the 29th minutes as Kenny Pogue was adjudged to have been brought down in the penalty area. Up-stepped Sam Adams but his penalty lacked power and was saved by Thamesmead keeper Simon Vanderhook to his right.

 

Hythe were creating the better opportunities throughout the first half as Adams got to the by-line and pulled the ball back to Matt Newman who headed wide. Pogue then broke through but his attempted lob went over Vanderhook and the bar. Two crosses followed from Wilson both finding May with the first one going wide and the second being blocked.

 

The hosts threatened in the 39th minute as they had to chance in quick succession when Ryan Minnott had an attempt blocked by Hythe keeper Will Godman and then Jerome Wade fed the ball to Minnott but he fired over the bar.

 

The second half started in a similar pattern to the first as Hythe had an effort on 50 minutes with Adams supplying a ball through to Wilson but his attempt was deflected wide for a corner. The pattern of the game changed on 56 minutes with Alain Akumwami collecting the ball outside the penalty area, unleashed a shot that sailed into the top corner giving Godman no chance and Thamesmead were level. The goal seemed to give the hosts confidence and they began to look the more likely to get the winner. A dipping free kick from 20 yards by home captain Tony Hill was tipped over the bar by Godman and from the resultant corner by Akunwami, substitute Elabbas Eltigani scooped the ball over the bar.

 

Hythe were still creating some chances and a Wilson corner found Mitchell Chapman running in but his attempt went wide. Akumwani was looking particularly dangerous working his way into the penalty area but his final effort went wide. On 76 minutes Thamesmead were very unlucky not to take the lead as a free kick from Hill on the edge of the area was slammed against the underside of the cross bar but was cleared away and then Akumwani hooked the ball into the side netting.

 

Hythe had two chances close to the end as firstly Ryan Palmer got the ball back to Johnson-Palmer who fed through to Kieron Campbell whose attempt went into the side netting. A minute from time Palmer got the ball over to Sam Adams who slammed his shot against the upright and Hythe had to settle for a draw.

 

Hythe must now look to their last pre-season friendly fixture on Saturday at home to Bowers & Pitsea as they make their final preparations for the season proper.

 

Team: Will Godman, Charlie Webster, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Matt Newman, Dave Cook, Sam Adams, Jay May, Kenny Pogue, Jordan Johnson-Palmer. Subs used: Mitchell Chapman, Dean Grant, Ryan Palmer, Kieron Campbell, Joe Mant.

 

Scorers: SC Thamesmead - Alain Akumwami 56 mins.  Hythe Town – Jay May 4 mins.

 

 

Attendance 58


Encouraging despite defeat to Dorking Wanderers.....

Hythe Town 0 Dorking Wanderers 1

Pre-season Friendly

Saturday 29th July 2017

 

Hythe Town were defeated 1-0 by Bostick Premier Division Dorking Wanderers at a very wet Reachfields on Saturday afternoon.

 

It was the Cannons who were first to show as Ryan Palmer sent in a shot that was held by the Dorking goalkeeper. Palmer was to threaten again as he continued to press down the left with a curling cross that just went around the far post. Dorking had to wait until the ninth minute to produce their first attack on goal as a cross was headed over the bar. A mistake in the Hythe defence was not punished as a shot was driven wide of the target. On 22 minutes the visitors were unlucky not to take the lead as a ball was lobbed over Hythe keeper Will Godman but also over the bar.

 

Dorking were creating the more meaningful chances at this time in the game as a free kick from just outside the penalty was curled just over the top. They were not to be denied as James McShane slid the ball home from a cross after 31 minutes. Hythe were holding their own as a neat ball through from captain, Ryan Johnson, found Dean Grant who tried to place the ball home but before it could reach the net it was cleared away. Kieron Campbell created another chance before half-time as he stole the ball from a Dorking defender but his attempt was blocked.

 

The second half started with Hythe looking for an equaliser. Campbell, under pressure, got his shot away but it went wide. The Cannons came closest to levelling the score when a neat move by the busy Jordan Johnson-Palmer ended with the midfielder finding Grant who slammed his shot against the cross bar. There were chances at both ends as Dorking drove the ball over the Hythe bar and then Jay May fed the ball through to Grant who fired wide.

 

On 69 minutes Dorking really should have increased their lead when they blasted the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score. With seven minutes to go Dorking fired the ball over the bar from a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Hythe did have one more opportunity two minutes later as May pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and with time on his hands his shot was blocked by a defender. Dorking saw out the final minutes to hold onto the win.

 

Despite the defeat there was some real encouraging aspects with the defence including new signing Mitchell Dickenson looking strong and the midfield working hard to provide the ball to the frontline. Town now look forward to their penultimate pre-season friendly at SC Thamesmead on Tuesday evening.

 

Team: Will Godman, Charlie Webster, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Dickenson, Jordan Johnson-Palmer,

Dave Cook, Mitchell Chapman, Dean Grant, Ryan Palmer, Keiron Campbell. Subs used: Jay May, Kenny Pogue, Chris Saunders, Keane Gillett, Matt Newman.

 

Scorer: Dorking Wanderers – James McShane 31 minutes.

 

 

Attendance 138.


Cannons impress in win over Crowborough...............

 

Hythe Town 2 Crowborough Athletic 0

Pre-season friendly

Tuesday 25th July 2017

 

The Cannons eased to a two goal win against Crowborough Athletic on Tuesday evening thanks to another two goals from in-form striker Dean Grant.

 

Hythe dominated the first 45 minutes as they played some neat and attractive football. They were ahead after only four minutes as the ball found its way through to Grant who calmly lobbed his shot over the Crowborough keeper, Daniel Ellis into the net. They were to extend their lead after eight minutes as this time a Ben Wilson cross was headed home by Grant from close range. It could have been three for Grant a minute later but he curled his shot wide.

 

All the pressure was coming from the hosts with some neat interchange work in midfield. On 16 minutes Wilson put in another cross which was headed wide by a Trialist. Tom Loynes then picked up the ball looking to shoot but his final attempt was deflected wide for a corner.

 

The second half started with the Cannons on the attack as a Kieron Campbell cross found Ryan Palmer who headed into Ellis’ arms. However, Crowborough were starting to threaten as their first effort on goal came on 65 minutes as Zac Attwood had a shot deflected wide for a corner.  The visitors continued to press and Ross Treleaven pounced on a defensive mistake but his final effort went wide.

 

Hythe’s defence led by captain, Ryan Johnson remained strong preventing more threats from the Crowborough front line. Hythe did continue to have chances as a Sam Adams corner was headed over by Jay May. With 15 minutes to go a curling corner was headed off the line by Matt Newman. At the other end May got the ball in the middle of the penalty area but his shot was deflected over the bar over the bar.

 

Crowborough continued to look to get something out of the game as Sam Connolly headed over and then he blasted over the bar. Adams was then to set up May with three minutes to go but his header went into Crowborough substitute keeper Dan Smith’s arms. In injury time the Crows had a penalty appeal turned but Hythe held on to their two goal advantage.

 

It was a really encouraging performance from the Cannons as they get closer to the proper start to the season. Hythe continue their pre-season programme as they entertain Dorking Wanderers next Saturday.

 

Team: Joe Mant, Charlie Webster, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Matt Newman, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Trialist, Sam Adams, Dean Grant, Ryan Palmer, Tom Loynes. Subs used Mitchell Chapman, Kenny Pogue, Chris Saunders, Keane Gillett, Jay May, Kieron Campbell.

 

Scorers: Hythe Town – Dean Grant 4 & 8 mins.

 

Attendance: 114 

  


Dean Grant strikes with a hat-trick.........

Peacehaven & Telscombe 1 Hythe Town 3

Pre-season Friendly

Saturday 22nd July 2017

 

The Cannons eventually cruised to a 3-1 win at a damp Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday afternoon.

 

The game started with the hosts on the attack after one minute when they broke through but the ball was deflected wide for a corner. After a twenty minute period of deadlock and limited efforts, it was Hythe who had the next opportunity as Ben Wilson put a ball through to new signing Jordan Johnson-Palmer who put his shot over the bar. Hythe continued to attack as Ryan Palmer sent a looping cross towards the far post but the ball was cleared away. On 32 minutes Peacehaven had a golden opportunity as their striker broke free and forced a save from Hythe keeper, Will Godman.

 

Wilson was next to threaten as a free kick from the right was deflected wide for a corner. A minute before the interval Johnson-Palmer fed the ball through to Palmer who miss hit his shot wide of the target.

 

Hythe were in for a shock within three minutes of the restart as the hosts took the lead. The defence allowed the ball to get through to Marcus Richmond who fired past substitute keeper Joe Mant. This seemed to spark the visitors into action and they were level on 57 minutes as a dangerous Keiron Campbell cross found Dean Grant on the near post and the striker nonchalantly flicked the ball home. It was now Hythe who were dominating the game with a Wilson free-kick finding Jay May on the far-post but his attempt went just wide of the target.

 

Hythe went ahead on 76 minutes as Grant got his second as he lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper and then followed up forcing the ball home. Charlie Webster was unlucky as he ran in but his final effort was pushed wide by the goalkeeper. The Cannons sewed the game up with five minutes to go as Campbell ran into the penalty area, passing to Grant who finished to make the score 3-1 and get his hat-trick.

 

It was a good result for Hythe as they look forward to another pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening against Crowborough Athletic at Reachfields with a 7:45pm kick off.

 

Team: Will Godmon, Callum Emptage, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Chapman, Chris Saunders, Dave Cook, Jordan Johnson-Palmer, Kenny Pogue, Ryan Palmer, Kieron Campbell. Subs used: Dean Grant, Jay May, Matt Newman, Charlie Webster, Keane Gillett.

 

Scorers: Peacehaven & Telscombe – Marcus Richmond 48 mins. Hythe Town – Dean Grant 57, 76 & 85 mins.

 

 

Attendance approx. 75


Hythe go down to late goal.........

Sheppey United 3 Hythe Town 2

Pre-season Friendly

Tuesday 18th July 2017

 

Hythe Town went down 3-2 in an exciting pre-season friendly at Sheppey United on Tuesday evening.

 

The game started slowly with few early chances for either side. The hosts were the first to threaten on eleven minutes as Ryan Johnson denied veteran striker Stuart King blocking his route to goal. Hythe had two opportunities in quick succession as firstly on 21 minutes Sam Adams drove the ball wide from twenty yards and then Jay May had a shot from the centre of the penalty area deflected wide for a corner.  At the other end Timmy Babbington was also to shoot wide of the target.

 

It took a special goal to break the deadlock on 38 minutes as Kieron Campbell moved in with the ball and patiently waited for the right opportunity to unleash an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area which sailed into the top corner giving Sheppey keeper Jordan Carey no chance. Sheppey countered as they had a long range shot that dipped over the bar. Campbell, who had been a danger all through the half, broke in again but this time Carey saved.

 

Hythe made a number of changes during the second half but started on the front foot as firstly Campbell shot wide and then Tom Loynes fed the ball back to Adams but he also shot wide. Sheppey brought the scores level on 50 minutes as Remmell Davis broke through firing past Hythe keeper Will Godman. The pressure now seemed to switch with Sheppey looking the more likely. However Hythe did threaten on the break as Adams forced Carey to tip the ball over from a long range shot. The hosts however were not to be denied as John Ralph on 66 minutes headed in from a cross from the by line.

 

With a quarter of an hour to go confusion in the Hythe defence saw King shoot over the visitors bar and then immediately at the other end a melee in the Sheppey penalty area eventually saw Dave Cook slam in a shot to bring the scores level. As the game appeared to be ending in a draw Sheppey got the winner with a minute of normal time remaining as Davis got his second converting at the far post from a cross.

 

It was a useful workout for the Cannons as they continue their build up to the new season. Hythe will now travel to Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday afternoon for their next pre-season game.

 

Team: Joe Mant, Callum Emptage, Keane Gillett, Ryan Johnson, Matt Newman, Mitchell Chapman, Dave Cook, Sam Adams, Jay May, Ryan Palmer, Kieron Campbell. Sub used: Tom Loynes, Kenny Pogue, Ashley Miller, Chris Saunders, Ben Wilson, Charlie Webster, Alfie Foster, Will Godmon.

 

Scorers: Sheppey United – Remmell Davis 50 & 89 mins, John Ralph 66 mins. Hythe Town – Kieron Campbell 38 mins, Dave Cook 75 mins.

 

 

Attendance: Approx 180


Loynes' goal enough for Hythe's friendly win.......

Hythe Town 1 Tilbury 0

Pre-season Friendly

Saturday 15th July 2017

 

Hythe Town came out with a deserved 1-0 win in a feisty game at home to Bostick North, Tilbury on Saturday afternoon.

 

The game started positively for Hythe as an early cross from Ben Wilson found Keiron Campbell who got his knee to the ball but his attempt went wide. Tilbury had their first attack on four minutes as a corner was headed wide. Both sides were getting early opportunities as Hythe’s Campbell jinxed his way in finding Sam Adams who shot also went wide. At the other end Tilbury had a chance when a cross was tapped wide of the target.  Hythe were to take the lead on a quarter of an hour as Tom Loynes got on the end of a neat ball from Adams and was able to calmly slot the ball home.  On 28 minutes a cross from Tilbury saw an overhead kick go wide. The last quarter of an hour of the half saw both teams create few efforts on goal.

 

The second half started in a similar fashion with the visitors being awarded a penalty on 52 minutes as Ben Wilson brought down a Tilbury striker. This gave Joe Mant the chance to produce a fantastic penalty save at full stretch to his right to push the ball around the post. This was followed quickly by Mant spreading himself well to prevent an equaliser. On the hour Ashley Miller threatened for the Cannons as he attempted a lob over the Tilbury keeper but unfortunately it went over the bar. Very soon after Jerald Aboagye crossed over to Dean Grant who headed over and then Grant played the ball back to Kenny Pogue who pulled his shot wide.

 

Tilbury should have equalised on 65 minutes as they had an opportunity that went wide when it looked easier to hit the target.  With 15 minutes to go Adams put in a pin point ball to Ryan Palmer who surged into the penalty area with his final shot being saved by the Tilbury keeper. Palmer then put in a deep corner which found Pogue but his attempt was blocked. Tilbury did have one more effort which went wide before Grant had a shot held by the keeper and then Miller put the ball through to Palmer who was also denied by the goalkeeper.

 

On the balance of play it was the Cannons who looked the more threatening through the game and therefore were worthy of their one goal victory. Hythe will now look forward to an away friendly at Sheppey United on Tuesday evening.

 

Team: Will Godman, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Mitchell Chapman, Chris Saunders, Dave Cook, Sam Adams, Jay May, Kieron Campbell, Tom Loynes. Subs used: Callum Emptage, Dean Grant, Ryan Palmer, Ashley Miller, Matt Newman, Kenny Pogue, Charlie Webster, Keane Gillett, Joe Mant.

 

Scorer:  Hythe Town – Tom Loynes 15 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 116

 


First pre-season game on Sunday.......

Folkestone Invicta 4 Hythe Town 1

Pre-Season Friendly

Sunday 9th July 2017

 

Hythe Town opened their pre-season programme with a 4-1 defeat in the hot summer sunshine at Folkestone Invicta on Sunday afternoon.

 

It was Folkestone who were the first to show as they opened the scoring in the eighth minute with their first meaningful attack. Invicta captain Josh Vincent sent in a corner. He found veteran midfielder Micheal Everitt who slammed the ball home. Opportunities were at a premium in the early part of the game but the hosts doubled their lead on 21 minutes as a defensive error by Jerald Aboagye was pounced on by Kieron McCann and he was able to slot the ball past Joe Mant in the Hythe goal. Hythe had to wait until the 24th minute for their first opportunity as new signing Ryan Palmer slammed the ball against the upright with his free kick from 20 yards with Invicta keeper Tim Roberts beaten.

 

The next chance came as Sam Hasler crossed from the right but McCann headed high and wide. Hythe did threaten two minutes before the break as Alex Mulrooney-Skinner jinked in but his final shot was weak and went wide. Another opportunity for Folkestone before half-time saw Ade Yussuf thread the ball through to Joe Taylor but he headed over the bar.

 

The second half started brightly for the Cannons as three minutes in the ball was fed out to Ryan Palmer whose shot was blocked by Roberts. The visitors kept up the pressure as Dean Grant got the ball through to Miller who shot straight at Roberts and then Grant himself sent a shot wide of the target. Roberts had to be at his best as he cleared away a dangerous cross from Miller. The Folkestone keeper was tested again on 66 minutes as he blocked a shot from the impressive Tom Loynes.

 

However, Hythe were not able to capitalise on their chances and Folkestone looked more likely to increase their lead as Euan Sahadow leapt on confusion in the Hythe defence and forced a great save from substitute keeper, Will Godman. Eventually Folkestone got their third goal on 77 minutes as the referee saw an infringement in the penalty and pointed to the spot. Up stepped Yussuf slotting his penalty into the right hand corner of the net. Within three minutes the hosts rubbed salt in the Cannons wounds as they got their fourth as Sahadow burst in from the right and slammed the ball into far corner of the net.

 

Hythe had an opportunity with two minutes to go to narrow gap as both Aboagye and Jay May had shots that were both blocked by Folkestone substitute keeper Dan Brabham. However Hythe eventually got a consolation right on the stroke of full time as Loynes fed a ball through to Asjhley Miller who calmly put the ball into the net.

 

It was a tough afternoon for Hythe as they started their pre-season programme. Their next fixture is next Saturday as we host Tilbury at Reachfields at 3pm.

 

Team: Joe Mant, Jerald Aboagye, Ben Wilson, Ryan Johnson, Callum Emptage, Chris Saunders, Dave Cook, Ashley Miller, Dean Grant, Ryan Palmer, Alex Mulrooney-Skinner. Subs used: Matt Newman, Callum Wraight, Keane Gillett, Mitchell Chapman, Tom Loynes, Jay May, Will Godman.

 

Goals: Folkestone Invicta – Micheal Everitt 8 mins, Kieron McCann 21 mins, Ade Yussuf 77 mins (pen), Euan Sahadow 80 mins. Hythe Town: Ashley Miller 90 mins.

 

 

Attendance: 394