Herne Bay 3 Hythe Town 0
Kent Reliance Senior Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 11th September 2018
The Cannons were understandably less inhibited on Tuesday night in Herne Bay than they had been against Premier Division table-toppers Tonbridge Angels at Reachfields on the previous Saturday. Despite that the result was similar as Town made their second Cup exit in four days, thus spurning the chance to reach the Quarter-Finals of this year's Kent Senior Cup.
Sam Denly brought in Jack Negus at the back and Charlie Owen in midfield and gave new signing Euan Sahadow his first start, and the line-up seemed strong enough to achieve a result if only the home defence could be breached. Breached it was on several occasions but getting the ball over that final line was as difficult here as it had been in the first 95 minutes in the last league match at Haywards Heath.
No such problems for the Bay though as an eighth minute free kick from the left corner had the Hythe defence static and Luis Medina swept the ball home for the opening goal.
Hythe hit back quickly with Zak Ansah running in clear from the left on Jordan Beeney only to see his attempt saved by the impressive home keeper. Mitchell Chapman then fired fiercely from close range but his attempt was just over. Both sides were committed to the attack but it was noticeable that the hosts were both quicker and less wasteful with their work.
On 35 minutes home danger man Tom Carlton crashed a tremendous 30 yarder at George Kamurasi that was well saved by the keeper onto the bar and out. The same man went close with a drive just a few seconds later, whilst at the other end Sahadow released Ansah to fire over.
As the petty foul count rose Carlton was Bay's dead ball man and Jake Embery was the beneficiary as he headed in from close range to make it 2-0.
There was still time for a chance for Hythe to get back when a penalty was awarded for handball but Zak Ansah's effort was well saved by Beeney diving low to his left.
Hythe upped the ante in the second period and ex-Bay man Junior Akhionbare was having some fine runs down the right wing, but the home threat was ever-present and a free kick from the right was bundled away as it deflected off the woodwork and out to safety. On 55 minutes Charlie Owen and Euan Sahadow were replaced by Kieron Campbell and Nigel Neita but there was little change in the shape of a game that continued to be punctuated by a series of petty fouls and yellow cards. That was until misunderstanding in the Hythe defence led to a chance for Carlton to gleefully pounce and place the ball into the open goal.
With the game now apparently lost Hythe attacks were becoming more frenzied but as when Ansah was put well clear on the left, the final cross or pass was lacking in accuracy.
Mitchell Chapman produced a pin-point cross from the touchline that Neita headed just over but this merely served to remind Hythe supporters of the many scoring chances that have been squandered in the opening weeks of the new season.
Mitchell Dickenson pulled off a tremendous last ditch tackle to deny a fourth goal and Nathan Daly was thankful to escape when he was closed down as he prepared to kick up field but the last chances in the game fell to Akhionbare who went just wide with an overhead attempt and to Ansah who had another attempt smothered by Beeney.
All in all a fast-paced Kent cup tie but with no real doubt about the result from the opening minutes. The other main talking point was the number of cautions handed out by referee Richard Joss some of which were totally justified--perhaps a few others less so. In the rather patchy lighting it was difficult to be certain of the count, but safe to say the KFA will have been duly grateful. Perhaps these two sides can learn to get on a little better when they meet again next Tuesday in the League Cup.
In the meantime there is the tasty challenge from Hastings United to be witnessed at Reachfields on Saturday (15th).
Team: George Kasmurasi, Jack Negus (Aziz Lyoubi 75 mins), Salvyn Kisitu, Mitchell Chapman, Nathan Daly, Mitchell Dickenson, Junior Akhionbare, Charlie Owen (Nigel Neita 55 mins), Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Euan Sahadow (Kieron Campbell 55 mins)
Scorers: Herne Bay – Luis Medina 7 mins, Jake Embery 40 mins, Tom Carlton 62 mins.
Hythe Town 0 Tonbridge Angels 2
Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Saturday 8th September 2018
Bostik League Premier, Tonbridge Angels ran out deserved winners as they showed their superior status in a 2-0 win at Hythe Town on Saturday afternoon.
The early pressure came from the visitors as they had their first attack 30 seconds after the start with Adem Ramadan sending a dipping shot just over the bar. Hythe did have their first opportunity on four minutes as Kieron Campbell played in Zak Ansah whose shot on the turn went into the arms of Angel’s keeper Jon Henly. Tonbridge looked the more dangerous and were ahead on seven minutes. Ramadan sent in a cross from the right that was met by Alex Read who bundled the ball over the line. The pressure was maintained on the Hythe defence as they had two attacks blocked by the Cannons. Firstly Nathan Daly blocked an attempt from Joe Turner and then Ansah got in the way of a Tommy Whitnell effort.
Hythe did have a bright spell when they had three consecutive corners in a short period of time but were unable to capitalise and it was Angels who took back the initiative as Turner crossed to Whitnell in a threatening position but the visiting striker got the ball stuck between his feet and was unable to get an effort away. Hythe keeper, George Kamurasi had to be at this best as he blocked an effort from ex-Hythe player Tom Parkinson and then Ramadan sent in another looping shot that went just over. Kamurasi was forced into the action again on 28 minutes as Jack Parter played the ball into Turner who drive flew into the keeper’s arms.
A rare Cannons attack on half an hour saw Nigel Neita force his way into the penalty area but Henly was to save well. The Cannons had absorbed a lot of pressure throughout the half and maybe consider themselves fortunate to go in only one down.
The second half again saw Angels dominant. Whitnell was to have an early effort that looped over the bar and then the ever dangerous Ramadan played the ball into Whitnell forcing Charlie Webster to block well. Whitnell was then to cross to Arthur Lee but the defender headed wide at the far post. There was then a long period of Tonbridge pressure but few chances were created. Hythe were restricted to the odd breakaway as Webster passed to Ryan Palmer whose cross found debutant Euan Sahadow who headed just over.
However Tonbridge were to get the goal that was to seal the tie on 81 minutes as another former Cannon, Liam King played the ball back to Read who slammed it home. A minute later Read nearly completed his hat-trick as his bullet shot went straight at Kamurasi who held onto the ball. Kamurasi then saved well as he pushed the ball around the post from a Turner shot.
It was never to be for the Cannons who were beaten by the better side on the day and now have another Cup Tie to look forward at Herne Bay in the 2nd Round of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup at Herne Bay on Tuesday evening (11th September 2018).
Team: George Kamurasi, Charlie Webster, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Nathan Daly, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer, Nigel Neita (Junior Aikionbare 67 mins), Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis (Salvyn Kisitu 85 mins), Kieron Campbell (Euan Sahadow 67 mins).
Scorers: Tonbridge Angels-Alex Read 7 & 81 mins.
Haywards Heath Town 0 Hythe Town 1
Bostik League South East
Saturday 1st September 2018
Hythe Town performed a classic “Smash & Grab” raid as Zak Ansah stole the points with a goal deep into injury time as they won 1-0 at Haywards Heath Town on Saturday afternoon.
The first half was very much one way traffic as Hythe, who were without injured players Jack Sammoutis, Aziz Lyoubi and Kieron Campbell, dominated the half although the hosts did have the first two opportunities as firstly on six minutes a long ball to Karl Akehurst saw the home midfielder head straight into the arms of Hythe keeper, George Kamurasi. Then two minutes later Lewis Finney found Nathan Cooper who wasted a chance as he too fired directly at Kamurasi. Hythe then took control as Ryan Palmer sent in a dangerous deep cross which drifted past the far post with no one on hand to convert.
Haywards Heath Town were getting as many bodies back behind the ball as they defended as if their lives depended on it. Junior Aikhionbare played Mitchell Chapman whose final shot looped over. Haywards Heath did have the odd effort during the rest of the half as Finney hit a low drive which was collected at the second attempt by Kamurasi. However, Hythe continued to press with a Palmer free-kick just out of the reach of Chris Kinnear who was attempting to divert the ball towards goal. Nathan Daly then played the ball through to Aikionbare but he was dispossessed before he could get a shot away.
Again the odd chance was coming at the other end as a 25 yard shot from Akehurst was deflected just over the bar but Hythe were still in the ascendancy as Palmer fired wide. Neither side were able to break the deadlock as the half drew to a close.
The second period saw an early chance for Ansah but he fired straight into the arms of Haywards Heath keeper Josh Heyburn and then a long range effort from Charlie Webster went wide. However the hosts seemed to have more belief in the second half and began to threaten as Kane Louis had a shot deflected over the bar and then were unlucky not to take the lead on 67 minutes as an exquisite lob from Nathan Cooper from the edge of the area was tipped over superbly by Kamurasi onto the top of the cross bar and over. Their confidence was growing with a cross from Max Miller that found Akehurst whose effort with the outside of his left foot went just wide.
Hythe were still creating as Webster moved in and unleashed an effort that rattled the cross bar and then an Ansah free-kick was deflected into the arms of Heyburn. With a minute of normal time to go Kinnear crashed a shot that forced Heyburn to parry the ball away. As it seemed that the game was bound for a scoreless draw, Hythe, deep into injury time, were to get the goal that would bring all three points home. Palmer picked up the ball on the left. His cross pin-balled around the penalty area before falling to Ansah to fire the ball home. There was no time for Haywards Heath to respond and it was the Cannons who were to take the win.
Hythe now move up to seventh place but take another break from league football as they entertain Tonbridge Angels in 1st Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup next Saturday at Reachfields.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kisitu, Charlie Webster, Chris Kinnear, Nathan Daly, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer, Nigel Neita, Zak Ansah, Mitchell Chapman (Charlie Owen 76 mins), Junior Aikionbare.
Scorer: Hythe Town – Zak Ansah 90 mins.
Hythe Town 2 Herne Bay 2
Bostik League South East
Monday 27th August 2018
Honours were even in the Bank Holiday Monday local derby as Hythe Town drew 2-2 with Herne Bay at Reachfields in what proved to be an exciting nail biting fixture.
The Bay were the first on the attack after only a minute as Thomas Carlton lofted a shot that was off target and went out for a throw-in. However, Hythe’s first threat came on eleven minutes and saw them take the lead. Jack Sammoutis played the ball out to Ryan Palmer. He passed back to Zak Ansah who stroked the ball home for his seventh goal of the season. However, whilst the Cannons had the greater possession it was Herne Bay who looked the more likely as Carlton played the ball into Jake Embery whose attempt was blocked by Hythe keeper, George Kamurasi and then Danny Leonard played the ball back to Connor Wilkins who side footed over.
The hosts then had three opportunities within a minute as they began to look more dangerous. Ansah turned and played the ball to Nigel Neita whose shot was held by Bay keeper Jordan Beeney. The same combination then saw Neita not test Beeney with his next attempt. Sammoutis surged through from his own half but his final shot went just wide. Beeney was then to deny Kieron Campbell as he got on the end of a Palmer cross. Herne Bay were still creating chances and with ten minutes until the break Bradley Schaffer blasted over at the far post and then Wilkins had a shot deflected into the arms of Kamurasi. One more opportunity for the Cannons before half-time saw Charlie Webster get the ball into Ansah who with his back to goal turned and sent his effort just wide.
The second half saw the Bay pressing hard as Leonard curled a shot wide. At the other end Chris Kinnear found Ansah who also curled the ball just wide. Bay however were having a period in the ascendency and were level on 54 minutes as a low drive from Carlton was deflected past Kamurasi and into the net. Within three minutes Bay turned the game on its head as they took the lead. Miles Cornwell ran in from the right and slotted the ball past Kamurasi into the net. Things could have got worse for Hythe as Danny Rumbol played the ball into Cornwell who forced Kamurasi into a fine save from his header.
The Cannons had a chance after 75 minutes as Ansah played in Junior Aikionbare who shot straight at Beeney and then at the other end a deep free-kick by Carlton was headed over by Schaffer. However another moment of magic from Ansah on 81 minutes saw him thread a shot from the edge of the area into the corner of the net to bring Hythe a share of the points. Both sides looked for the winner but neither were able to break the deadlock and the game ended in a draw that was a fair reflection of the game.
Hythe are back in league action on Saturday (1st September 2018) as they travel to League newcomers Haywards Heath Town.
Team: George Kamurasi, Charlie Webster, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Nathan Daly, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer, Nigel Neita, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis (Junior Aikhionbare 62 mins), Kieron Campbell (Salvyn Kisitu 37 mins).
Scorers: Hythe Town-Zak Ansah 11 & 81 mins. Herne Bay-Thomas Carlton 54 mins, Miles Cornwell 57 mins.
Hythe Town 3 Worthing United 0
Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round
Saturday 25th August 2018
Hythe Town eventually broke down a stubborn Worthing United defence to win 3-0 to go through to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday at Reachfields.
Hythe piled on the pressure but found it difficult to get the vital break through. In the first period they had numerous chances and dominated the play. They created the first opportunity on ten minutes as Kieron Campbell got the ball into Zak Ansah who miscued his attempt into the path of Charlie Webster who drove the ball over the bar. A long range effort from Ansah followed but it went straight into the arms of the busy Worthing keeper and manager Matt Evans. Jack Sammoutis then had a free kick which he rolled to Ansah who fired wide. The chances kept coming with Campbell driving the ball from the left straight at Evans and then Nigel Neita pounced on a loose ball but his effort was deflected to be caught by Evans.
Sammoutis was then to have a free kick which looped just over the bar. Evans was on hand again to deny Campbell as he worked his way along the by-line and then another free-kick from Sammoutis was headed over by Chris Kinnear. Worthing had to wait until the 41st minute to threaten for the first time as Toby Funnell had a shot from the left easily held by Hythe keeper George Kamurasi who had a very quiet half.
The Cannons continued their domination at the start of the second half as Campbell played the ball onto Ansah but his effort was easily saved by Evans and then the same combination ended with Ansah heading the ball straight at the visiting keeper. Funnell was to have only the second effort on target for the visitors on 63 minutes as he hit a long range drive but Kamurasi saved easily. The hosts had to wait until the 73rd minutes to breakdown the solid Worthing defence as Ansah got onto the ball and unleashed a shot that was buried into the net to give Hythe the lead. A second came only three minutes later as Jack Sammoutis got onto a loose ball and placed his shot in the corner of the net leaving Evans rooted to the spot.
Campbell ran onto a ball from Neita and unleashed a shot that was saved at full stretch but the third goal and Ansah's second came nine minutes from time as a sublime lob from the edge of the area found its way into the net to make it 3-0. A neat one-two between Ryan Palmer and Webster followed with the former curling a shot wide and then the Cannons had a golden opportunity to put the icing on the cake as Neita got on the end of a Josh Stirman cross but he spooned the ball over from close range.
Hythe's superiority told in the end but it was credit to the visitors that it took so long to seal the victory. The draw follows on Wednesday next week to find out who Hythe will face in the 1st Qualifying Round but before them they have to host Herne Bay in a league fixture on Monday with a 3pm kick-off.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kisitu (Ryan Palmer 62 mins), Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear (Mitchell Chapman 84 mins), Nathan Daly, Mitchell Dickenson, Charlie Webster, Nigel Neita, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis (Josh Stirman 84 mins), Keiron Campbell.
Scorers: Hythe Town - Zak Ansah 73 & 81 mins, Jack Sammoutis 76 mins
Hythe Town 3 Margate 1
Kent Reliance Senior Cup 1st Round
Tuesday 21st August 2018
The Cannons eased through to next round of the Kent Reliance Senior Cup as they eventually comfortably won 3-1 at Reachfields against a young Margate side who had made a number of changes from their game on Saturday.
It was Hythe who were first out of the blocks piling pressure on the Margate goal as on eight minutes Ryan Palmer put in a cross to Mitchell Dickenson who got the ball back to Mitchell Chapman but his attempt went straight into the arms of Margate keeper Henry Newcombe. Hythe keeper, George Kamurasi then sent out a long clearance that found Junior Aikhionbare running through but his final effort was fired wide. The Cannons continued to press as a Palmer curling shot went straight to Newcombe. Josh Stirman was next to create a chance as he put in a cross that saw Nigel Neita blast over.
Hythe scored the inevitable goal after thirteen minutes as Aikionbare played the ball into Neita who buried the ball in the net from close range to give the Cannons the lead. Aikhionbare threatened again as he blasted a shot that was just too close to Newcombe who saved well. Margate were to equalise against the run of play on 20 minutes as Aristride Basselle broke in following a defensive mix-up and lobbed the ball over the advancing Kamurasi and into the far corner of the net.
The game that was lively throughout seemed to calm down with only a couple more chances in the half as firstly Palmer picked up the ball on the left, jinked into the area and shot just over the bar. Then on the stroke of half-time Neita surged in down the right hand by-line and forced Newcombe to push the ball into the side netting.
The second half started brightly with Aikhionbare having two opportunities. Firstly he cut in and shot straight at Newcombe and then he leapt on a defensive mistake but his final effort was deflected away for a corner. A neat move from Josh Stirman followed which ended with a cross into Charlie Owen but his excellent looping header was tipped away by Newcombe at full stretch.
Margate were looking dangerous on the break and created a good opportunity on 53 minutes as a cross from Lee Prescott went across the face of the goal but went away for a goal kick as nobody could capitalise on the chance to give the visitors an unlikely lead. The hosts still looked the more likely but despite having chances, were not hitting the target. Palmer sent in a cross to Neita but his attempt was deflected wide and then substitute Zak Ansah fed the ball to Kieron Campbell but he blasted over.
The deadlock was finally broken on 78 minutes as a Charlie Webster attempt was blocked. The rebound came out to Palmer who made no mistake to give Hythe the lead. Within six minutes the Cannons had sealed the game as Campbell had an attempt blocked. It came out to Ansah who nodded the ball home to make it 3-1. There was no way back for Margate and it is the Cannons who go through to the next round and await to hear who their opponents will be in Round Two.
Hythe have more Cup action on Saturday (25th August 2018) as they entertain Worthing United in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round. Kick-off is 3pm.
Team: George Kamurasi, Jack Negus, Aziz Lyoubi, Mitchell Chapman, Nathan Daly, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer, Charlie Owen (Kieron Campbell 58 mins), Junior Aikhionbare, Nigel Neita (Zak Ansah 67 mins), Josh Stirman (Charlie Webster 58 mins).
Scorers: Hythe Town-Nigel Neita 13 mins, Ryan Palmer 78 mins, Zak Ansah 84 mins. Margate- Aristride Baselle 20 mins.
Hythe Town 3 East Grinstead Town 0
Bostik League South-East
Saturday 18th August 2018
Hythe Town deservedly took all three points in a 3-0 win against East Grinstead Town on Saturday afternoon as a stunning first half hat-trick from Zak Ansah blew the visitors away.
Hythe soon took control of the game and after six minutes a Jack Sammoutis corner saw Ansah have a shot blocked and when it came back to Nigel Neita, he fired wide. Ansah opened the scoring after only seven minutes as Nieta pushed the ball onto the Hythe talisman who stroked the ball home. East Grinstead had to wait until the ninth minute for their first attack when a long range effort from Michael Wilson sailed over the bar. However it was the hosts who continued to threaten as a Sammoutis free kick from the edge of the area drifted over the bar.
Sammoutis was in the action again as his deep corner found Mitchell Dickenson on the far but the defenders header was cleared off the line. However on seventeen minutes, Hythe went further ahead as a Campbell shot was met by Ansah who redirected the ball with his head into the net and made it two-nil. Former Hythe striker Sid Sollis broke and played the ball in with it finally ending up with another ex-Cannon Callum Emptage who could not get his attempt away.
A mix up in the home defence left Anthony Everett with an open goal but he spooned the ball over the bar and then on 25 minutes Emptage had another effort that this time went over the bar. The game was as good as over after 33 minutes as Ansah completed his hat-trick. A clearance from Mitchell Dickenson went straight into the path of Ansah who ran on and placed his shot neatly and calmly into the corner of the net to make it 3-0.
Hythe seemed to take their foot off the pedal at the start of the second half. The first fifteen minutes of the second period saw few chances with both team threatening but not creating any meaningful opportunities. On 66 minutes Sollis was unlucky not to narrow the gap as he unleashed a shot from 25 yards that slammed against the top of the cross bar and over and then Everett forced Hythe keeper George Kamurasi to block well.
At this stage the visitors looked the more likely to score as Sollis fired wide but on 77 minutes Ansah, at the other end, broke through but his attempt was blocked. The ball came out to Kieron Campbell who forced a save from East Grinstead keeper Sheikh Cassay. There was one more chance for the Wasps as a long range effort from 30 yards by Karn Miller-Neave drifted wide. Throughout the game the Hythe back four stayed firm to prevent any damage giving the Cannons a firm foundation.
Hythe in the end were comfortable winners and move up to eighth place with a Kent Senior Cup tie at home to Margate on Tuesday evening with 7:45pm kick-off.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kisitu, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear (Mitchell Chapman 72 mins), Nathan Daly, Mitchell Dickenson, Charlie Webster, Nigel Neita, Zak Ansah (Charlie Owen 90 mins), Jack Sammoutis (Josh Stirman 45 mins), Kieron Campbell.
Scorers: Hythe Town – Zak Ansah 7, 17, & 33 mins.
Ashford United 3 Hythe Town 1
Bostik League South East
Saturday 11th August 2018
The season started poorly for Cannons with as they were deservedly beaten 3-1 at Ashford United on Saturday afternoon.
Ashford were first to create an opportunity on three minutes as the busy Ambrose Gnahore had an early shot from the left that sailed over the top. However it was the Cannons that settled the quicker and were ahead on six minutes as a long ball from Mitchell Chapman found Zak Ansah in the penalty area. Ansah and Kieron Campbell had a couple of attempts before the ball came out to Charlie Webster who slotted home.
However it was the “Nuts and Bolts” who began to take control of the game as Gnahore crossed to Lanre Azeez but he couldn’t get an effort in from a dangerous position. The hosts drew level on 32 minutes when Harry Ottaway pounced on confusion in the Hythe defence. The ball was played in to Azeez who tapped the ball home from close range. The pressure on the Cannons continued as Gnahore sent a shot again over the bar and then former Hythe midfielder Jordan Johnson-Palmer played the ball into Ollie Rowe who pulled his attempt wide.
Two efforts followed involving Azez who twice fed the ball into Ottaway who firstly pushed the ball the wrong side of the upright and then looped his effort into the arms of Hythe keeper, George Kamurasi. The Cannons did have one effort on the stroke of half-time as a Salvyn Kisitu corner nearly found Webster who was dispossessed in a dangerous position.
The second half began with Ashford continuing to look the more likely with Johnson-Palmer having a free-kick from the edge of the area cleared away for a corner. Ashford took the lead on 53 minutes as a mistake by Chapman saw Gnahore steal the ball and fire home. Hythe did then create some opportunities to get the equaliser with a Campbell free kick from 25 yards being deflected for a corner and then on the hour Jack Sammoutis had another free-kick from roughly the same place and this one sailed just over the cross bar.
Hythe were unlucky with a quarter of an hour to go when Campbell pushed a free kick into the path of Ansah whose shot ricocheted off the outside of the upright. However, Ashford’s Gnahore forced Kamurasi to push a rasping shot up into the air and then collected the ball at the second attempt. The hosts took the game out of the Cannons reach on 83 minutes as Sam Corne picked up the ball in the penalty area and fired home to make it 3-1. Ansah was denied as he had a shot blocked in the last minute but the game was already gone.
The Cannons will need now to re-group before next Saturday’s home game against East Grinstead Town.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kisitu, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Nathan Daly, Mitchell Dickenson, Charlie Webster (Josh Stirman 81 mins), Mitchell Chapman (Nigel Nieta 59 mins), Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Kieron Campbell.
Scorers: Ashford United - Lanre Azeez 32 mins, Ambrose Gnahore 56 mins, Sam Corne 83 mins). Hythe Town – Charlie Webster 6 mins.
Tilbury 1 Hythe Town 2
Saturday 4th August 2018
Hythe Town had to work hard for their 2-1 win at a sweltering Tilbury on Saturday afternoon in a game that was an excellent test for the Cannons as they start their league season next week.
It was Hythe who were first to show and on six minutes Jack Sammoutis fed the ball out to Kieron Campbell coming in from the right but he side footed the ball over the bar. The Dockers created their first effort on ten minutes as Toby Aromolaran surged through but he was closed down well by the advancing Hythe keeper George Kumarasi. However it was the Cannons who took the lead on twelve minutes as Zak Ansah fed the ball through to trialist Nigel Neita who curled the ball into the net.
The goal seemed to spark the hosts to go looking for an equaliser. Aromolaran, who was a thorn in Hythe’s side all afternoon, managed to get a shot away under pressure but his attempt went just over. On seventeen minutes, Tilbury were deservedly level as Joe Paxman put in a cross from the right.
His ball was played back and was eventually finished off by Siju Odelusi. Aromoloran was in the action again on 20 minutes as he hooked the ball over.
A long period followed as both sides felt each other out without creating any genuine chances. Just before the break Odelusi forced Kamurasi to come off his line and block and then right on the stroke of half time Sammoutis put in a deep cross from the right that ricocheted off Mitchell Dickenson and onto the base of the post.
Hythe looked the more likely early in the second half as Ansah had a shot blocked by two defenders and then Chris Kinnear drove the ball from 25 yards forcing a save from the home keeper. There was an opportunity for Tilbury as at the end of a melee in the Hythe penalty area the ball hit the post. A couple of chances followed for the Cannons as Campbell curled a shot wide and then Ansah got through but he also fired wide. As the game progressed it became a little tetchy in the sun. It was Hythe who finally sealed the game with five minutes to go. Sammoutis broke free and charged in slamming his attempt wide of the keeper and into the net.
There was one more effort for the hosts that went off target but it was the Cannons who edged the game and held on for their win. With pre-season now over Hythe can look forward to their first league fixture next Saturday as they travel to Ashford United.
Team: George Kamurasi, Sylvan Kisitu, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Ben Gorham, Mitchell Dickenson, Charlie Webster, Nigel Neita, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Keiron Campbell. Subs: Ryan Palmer, Mitchell Chapman, Josh Stirman, Charlie Owen, Chris Arthur, Kane Phillip, Bola Danudee, Jack Negas, Junior Aikionbare.
Scorers: Tilbury - Siju Odelusi 17 mins. Hythe Town – Nigel Neita 12 mins, Jack Sammoutis 85 mins.
Romford 2 Hythe Town 1
Saturday 28th July 2018
The Cannons were pegged back as Bostik League North, Romford came from a goal behind to win 2-1 on a blustery afternoon in Essex on Saturday.
It was Hythe, who were with four key players away, started the brighter and created the first chance as Aziz Lyoubi played the ball through to Kane Phillip but the final strike went straight at the Romford keeper. The visitors continued to press as a dangerous Sylvan Kisitu corner was just out of the reach of Zak Ansah in the penalty area. Romford had to wait until the 16th minute for their first threat as Greg Akpela fired an attempt around the post and then an opportunity saw a shot go just wide. On 28 minutes a strike from Romford forced Hythe keeper George Kamurasi to smother the ball but within a minute Hythe took the lead as Jack Sammoutis surged through the Romford defence to bury his final effort into the bottom corner of the net.
As the half entered its last ten minutes it was the hosts who looked the more likely. Kamurasi was forced into a good save but had no chance on 37 minutes as John Nzengo picked up the ball 25 yards out and unleashed a shot that gave the Hythe keeper no chance as it flew into the net. Romford took the lead on the stroke of half-time as Nzeng had a shot blocked by Kamurasi but Akpela followed up to plant the ball in the net.
The second half started with an early opportunity for Romford as they headed wide. Charlie Webster, who was outstanding all afternoon, was becoming more influential as firstly a neat move started with him as he threaded the ball to Ansah who fed Sammoutis whose attempt went wide and then he tried to loop the ball over the keeper but it landed on top of the cross-bar. Chances were coming at both ends as Kamurasi saved well and then with five minutes remaining a neat interchange as Hythe attacked ended with Ansah lofting the final ball over the bar.
As the game progressed into injury time Kamurasi was on hand to block a shot and then at the other end Webster was unlucky not to equalise as he rifled an effort against the underside of the bar and away. One more effort from Hythe saw Lyoubi shoot over.
It was a good test for the Cannons against a side at the same level and will give manager Sam Denly some pointers to any adjustments that need to be made before the season proper kicks off in two weeks-time at Ashford United. In the meantime Hythe travel back to Essex next Saturday as they visit Bostik North,Tilbury, in their final pre-season fixture.
Team: George Kamurasi, Sylvan Kisitu, Aziz Lyoubi, Charlie Owen, Ben Gorham, Mitchell Dickenson, Josh Stirman, Charlie Webster, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Kane Phillip. Subs Used: Michell Chapman, Michael Turner, Chris Arthur.
Scorers: Romford-John Nzengo 37 mins, Greg Akpela 45 mins. Hythe Town-Jack Sammoutis 29 mins.
Attendance: Approx 55
Hythe Town 1 Canterbury City 3
Tuesday 24th July 2018
The Cannons were “brought down to earth with a bang” on Tuesday evening as they met a well organised Canterbury City who deservedly won 3-1 at a very warm Reachfields.
Hythe started brightly as a neat interchange on four minutes ended with Zak Ansah shooting over the target. However it was Canterbury who began to take the initiative as James Turner turned and shot but his close range attempt was blocked by Hythe keeper Tommy Taylor. Canterbury were ahead on 14 minutes as former Hythe midfielder Dave Pilcher unleashed a shot from 20 yards that flew into the top corner giving Taylor no chance.
With Canterbury without usual keeper Jack Delo, stand-in Tom Benham had an excellent evening as he saved at full stretch from Ansah after he received the ball from Ryan Palmer. Kieron Campbell was then denied by Canterbury’s defence, well marshalled by ex Hythe favourite Laurence Harvey and Gary Sayer, as he had a shot deflected away for a corner. On 29 minutes the visitors should have been two ahead as a mix-up in the Hythe defence ended with a shot from Rob Lawrence, who was clear, directed straight at Taylor.
Jack Sammoutis did threaten for the Cannons but he shot straight at Benham and then at the other end Turner looped the ball onto the top of the Hythe cross bar. Benham was then to deny Sammoutis before Canterbury went further ahead on 39 minutes as a Turner corner was met by Harvey who slammed his header into the net.
There was further woe for the hosts eight minutes into the second half as Josh Froggatt picked up a loose ball and fired an excellent shot into the Hythe net. With the game now almost out of reach for the Cannons they did improve with two chances in quick succession for Ansah. He firstly broke in from the right but curled his attempt the wrong side of the upright and then he turned and lifted the ball over the bar. Chances were coming and going for Hythe as Sammoutis forced a save from Benham with the follow up being headed against the post by Mitchell Chapman.
The Canterbury defence remained solid as Benham was forced into another fine reaction save as Charlie Webster headed towards goal. The hosts were to get a consolation on 81 minutes as defender Mitchell Dickenson met a corner and headed home to narrow the deficit. There were two more chances to narrow the gap as Dickenson landed a shot over the bar and then Ansah fed the ball to Charlie Owen whose attempt went wide.
It had been a “rude awakening” for Hythe following the excellent win the previous Saturday but his game will provide useful learning points as they move onto an away game at Romford on Saturday afternoon.
Team: Tommy Taylor, Michael Turner, Charlie Webster, Chris Kinnear, Mitchell Chapman, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer, Junior Aikhionbare, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Keiron Campbell. Subs: Ben Gorham, Salvyn Kisitu, Josh Stirman, Charlie Owen, Kane Phillip, Aziz Lyoubi, Jack Negas.
Scorers: Hythe Town-Mitchell Dickenson 81 mins. Canterbury City-Dave Pilcher 14 mins, Laurence Harvey 39 mins, Josh Froggatt 53 mins.
Hythe Town 8 Crawley Down Gatwick 0
Saturday 21st July 2018
Hythe Town started like an express train as they stormed to 6-0 half-time lead and then added two goals in the second period as they won 8-0 at home to Southern Combination Premier Division, Crawley Down Gatwick at a scorching Reachfields on Saturday afternoon.
The early stages of the game saw Hythe straight into top gear as on three minutes Ryan Palmer, who tormented the Crawley Down defence throughout, side footed the ball towards the goal but couldn’t bundle the ball into the net. On eight minutes Zak Ansah picked up the ball 25 yards out and sent a shot just wide. Palmer was in the action again as he threaded the ball through to Ansah who moved in and lifted the ball just over the bar. The inevitable happened on a quarter of an hour as the Cannons took the lead with Ansah playing the ball back to Charlie Webster who slammed home from the middle of the penalty area.
It was all now one way traffic as the hosts attacked in waves. Palmer got the ball through to Jack Sammoutis whose final attempt was blocked well by Crawley Down keeper Andy Greaves who saved from a follow up effort from Ansah. The visitors had to wait until the 23rd minute before creating their first meaningful effort as a Billy Wraight cross found Michael Ball but his attempt was deflected over. However Hythe were deservedly two ahead on 24 minutes as Palmer played across to Ansah who calmly collected the ball and sent his effort into the far side of the net. This kicked off an avalanche as Aziz Lyoubi fed the ball into Ansah on 27 minutes. Hythe’s prolific striker placed his shot to perfection just out on the grasp of Greaves and into the net.
On a half an hour Hythe went further ahead as Sammoutis got the ball over to Kieron Campbell who curled his shot into the corner of the goal. There was a Crawley Down threat on 31 minutes as Lewis Croal sent a shot straight at Hythe keeper George Kamurasi. However the visitors pain continued on 32 minutes as Salvyn Kisitu picked up a loose ball and found Ansah who side-footed the ball home to complete his hat-trick. On 38 minutes it was six as Palmer fed Sammoutis who buried the ball in the back of the net. With a minute until the break, Crawley Down had their best opportunity of the half as George Wallis fed the ball through to Sonny Barton who attempted to lob Kamurasi but the big keeper stretched to tip the ball over the bar.
Fair play to the Southern Combination Premier League visitors, they never gave up and started brightly in the second half. Two shots followed in quick succession as firstly Sam Cane and Barton shot straight at Kamurasi. At the other end Sammoutis worked his way in from the left to force Greaves to save. Cane threatened again for Crawley Down as he pounced on error by Mitchell Chapman but did not test Kamusari. Eventually the Cannons added a seventh on 77 minutes as Palmer put in a cross that was met by the diving Webster whose bullet header flew into the net.
On 79 minutes Michael Turner skilfully found Charlie Owen whose attempt was blocked and then with nine minutes to go a determined run ended with a sublime chip from Webster that completed the midfielder’s hat-trick put the icing on the cake for the Cannons in an 8-0 win.
It was an encouraging performance that produced more optimism for the season ahead. Hythe have another pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening (24th July 2018) as they entertain Southern Counties East, Canterbury City - Kick-off at Reachfields is 7:45pm.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kisitu, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Ben Gorham, Mitchell Dickenson, Ryan Palmer, Charlie Webster, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Kieron Campbell. Subs all used: Mitchell Chapman, Chris Arthur, Kane Phillip, Josh Stirman, Charlie Owen, Jack Negus, Michael Turner, Jude Harding, Arthur Pickering
Scorers: Hythe Town - Charlie Webster 15 71 & 81 mins, Zak Ansah 24 27 & 32 mins, Kieron Campbell 30 mins, Jack Sammoutis 38 mins.
Lydd Town 0 Hythe Town 4
Tuesday 17th July 2018
Following two tough home games against Dover Athletic and Dorking Wanderers the Cannons eased up a little with a short trip across the Marsh to meet Southern Counties East side Lydd Town who play two levels below Hythe in football's pyramid.
Lydd had at least two recognisable faces in their line up in old Reachfields favourite Sam Marsh and young Harry Carr and although Hythe understandably dominated a lively first half they were also guilty of over-playing their attacks and often over-hitting their passes and crosses. That said the Marsh side more than played their part in the game by closing down many flowing attacks and defending in numbers as Ryan Palmer and Salvyn Kisitu threatened from the flanks and Kane Phillip and Josh Stirman made strong forward runs supported by a focused Charlie Webster from deep.
Hythe had to settle for just Junior Aikhionbare's 17th minute tap-in goal but with many of the "big-guns" sitting on the bench, the sizeable away support awaited the second period with some optimism.
Sure enough Kieron Campbell soon became the main threat from the left supported by Jack Sammoutis and the prolific Zak Ansah and with Palmer continuing to figure strongly from the right Hythe were looking the part at last. As the half progressed though chances continued to be wasted and the home side's huge effort looked like it might be rewarded with a shock equaliser. Sammoutis and Ansah were both denied by either the home keeper or by some occasionally dubious off-side calls whilst others fired high and wide rather than composing themselves.
Then with ten minutes to go suddenly it seemed to dawn on some that there really was no need to be trying to break the goal netting and Sammoutis made space for himself at the edge of the area and fired home a well-placed ground shot to put the result beyond doubt.
With a tiring home side visibly wilting a poor challenge led to a free kick from Campbell going in off a post and at the death a clinical Ansah danced clear to round the keeper and place the ball into an empty goal.
All in all a good workout for both sides at a venue that has been impressively improved in the last couple of years. With both sides looking for promotion into their successive Premier divisions it could well be that each will be having an exciting time come next Spring.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kisitu, Charlie Webster, Marcel Lallas Mitchell Chapman, Ben Gorham Ryan Palmer, Charlie Owen, Junior Aikionbare, Josh Stirman, Kane Phillip. Subs used: Kieron Campbell, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Jack Sammoutis, Mitchell Dickenson, Jack Negus, Zak Ansah.
Scorers: Junior Aikhionbare 16 mins, Jack Sammoutis 80 mins, Kieron Campbell 89 mins, Zak Ansah 90 mins.
Hythe Town 1-1 Dorking Wanderers
Saturday 14th July 2018
Hythe Town continued their pre-season programme as they drew 1-1 with Bostik Premier, Dorking Wanderers, at a sultry Reachfields on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors were first to attack after six minutes as Sam Beard played the ball into Luke Moore but he spooned the ball over the bar. However it was the Cannons who looked the more dangerous as after eleven minutes Kieron Campbell played the ball into Zak Ansah who passed back to Campbell whose final attempt went over the target. Mitchell Chapman then came into the action as he slotted the ball through to Jack Sammoutis whose attempt was side-footed into the side netting.
Campbell and Ansah teamed up again as the former played the ball into Hythe’s prolific striker with it ending up with Josh Stirman whose final attempt was blocked by Dorking keeper Huk Slavomir. Hythe finally took a deserved lead on sixteen minutes as Sammoutis had a couple of attempts blocked before the ball fell to Ansah who finished off from close range.
Dorking were creating the odd opportunity during the rest of the half as a Moore corner was spooned over by James McShane. Ansah then cut in from the left but his effort was blocked. As the half progressed Dorking began to look more threatening as Beard moved in and shot wide and then with four minutes until the break Niall McManus was denied by a great block from Hythe keeper George Kamurasi.
The heat was definitely taking its toll with the second half providing less opportunities. On 50 minutes however the visitors really should have been level as the prolific striker Keiron Lavery wasted an opportunity from point blank range and then JJ O’Sullivan launched the ball over the bar. On 55 minutes Wanderers got their equaliser with Tom Tolfrey working himself free and placing the ball in the far corner.
Hythe had a couple of chances to retake the lead as firstly Junior Aikhionbare collected the ball and moved forward but drove just wide and then Charlie Webster found Ryan Palmer but Slavomir was quick to block. One more opportunity for the visitors with eleven minutes to go as Lavery crossed to Guiseppe Sole who headed over. The game petered out into a one all draw that was a fair reflection of the afternoon’s entertainment.
Hythe now look forward to their next pre-season game as they travel the short distance down to Lydd Town on Tuesday evening for a 7:45pm kick off.
Team: George Kamurasi, Salvyn Kistiu, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Mitchell Chapman, Mitchell Dickenson, Josh Stirman, Charlie Webster, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Kieron Campbell. Subs Used Ryan Palmer, Junior Aikhionbare, Charlie Owen, Ben Gorham, Marcel Lalas, Emmanuel Ndaw, Kane Phiilip.
Scorers: Hythe Town - Zak Ansah 16 mins. Dorking Wanderers – Tom Tolfrey 55 mins.
Hythe Town 0-1 Dover Athletic
Monday 9th July 2018
Hythe Town put up an impressive performance as they lost 1-0 to National League Dover Athletic at Reachfields on Monday evening.
It was the visitors who created the early chances when a trialist curled a free kick just wide after six minutes. Dover continued to press as Jamie Allen turned but his shot was blocked well by Chris Arthur and the ball went away for a corner. Another attack followed as Inih Effione stole the ball from Jack Sammoutis and moved in on Hythe keeper George Kamurasi but sent the final effort wide of the target. Despite the chances coming for Dover, Hythe continued to look impressive playing the ball well in midfield and looking defensively sound.
The chances however were falling at the other end. On 18 minutes Kamurasi saved well from Tobi Sha Silva and then saw a determined run by Allen as he weaved in but his final attempt went wide when it looked easier to hit the target and then a long range shot from another trialist went high over the bar. The impressive Kamurasi tipped the ball over from Effione and then he denied Effione again as he pushed the ball around the post from close range. On 41 minutes Hythe were unlucky not to take the lead as Kieron Campbell picked the ball and unleashed a curling shot that slammed against the upright.
The second period started in a similar pattern to the first as Aziz Lyoubi cleared the ball off the Hythe line from a close range Effione shot and soon after a melee in the Hythe penalty area saw a Kadell Daniel shot blocked and then Sho Silva had his attempt brilliantly saved by Kamurasi. Hythe then created a couple of good chances as Ryan Palmer played the ball into Zak Ansah but his effort was blocked and then Campbell moved onto the ball and struck the ball just wide of the target.
Finally the deadlock was broken on 62 minutes as Dover were awarded a free kick just outside the area and Daniel curled the ball into the corner of the net. Dover could have increased their lead three minutes later as Lou Fazakerly headed the ball into Kamurasi’s arms. The game then had a period of little goal mouth action until ten minutes from time when Kamurasi saved well from a trialist. The Cannons did have one last gasp effort as deep injury time Palmer struck a long range shot that was parried away by the Dover keeper.
It was a great work out for the Cannons and gives great encouragement for the season ahead. Hythe are back in action at Reachfields on Saturday afternoon in another pre-season friendly this time against Bostik Premier Dorking Wanderers with a 3pm kick off.
Team: George Kamurasi, Chris Arthur, Aziz Lyoubi, Chris Kinnear, Mitchell Chapman, Ben Gorham, Ryan Palmer, Junior Aikhionbare, Zak Ansah, Jack Sammoutis, Kieron Campbell. Subs all used: Mitchell Dickenson, Kane Phillip, Salvyn Kisitu, Josh Stirman, James Nurden, Charlie Webster, Marcel Lalas, Charlie Owen.
Scorer: Dover Athletic Kadell Daniel 62 mins.