Hythe Town 1 Tunbridge Wells 1
Tuesday 23rd July 2021
On Tuesday night, Hythe played out a 1-1 draw against SCEFL side Tunbridge Wells. Ahead of the match, Steve Watt made four changes from the 2-1 defeat to Folkestone. George Sibley, Jacob Gilbert, Tom Walmsley and Charlie Webster all came into the side.
The Wells got off to a better start, hitting the post just two minutes into the game. They then took the lead in the eighth minute, with one of their players making a run into the box and squeezing the ball past Harry Brooks in the Cannons goal. Hythe had to wait 35 minutes until their first chance, as the Wells goalkeeper reacted late to a shot from Jacob Gilbert, just managing to get down to it. On the stroke of half time, the equaliser came. A looping cross from the left-hand side of the pitch was nodded down into an empty net by Noel Leighton, scoring his second goal of pre-season.
The second half was very quiet, with the only major chance coming from the Wells, whose left-back hit a powerful shot against the post. Hythe made five subs in the second half, with Jordan Sarfo, Alex Flisher, Eli Benoit, Connor Cheek and a trialist all coming onto the field. There was a moment of concern when centre-back Cameron Rearden stayed down injured for a number of minutes, but luckily, he was able to get up and make his way off the pitch with help from his team-mates.
Hythe are back in action away at Bearsted on Saturday 24th at 3PM, before returning to Reachfields to take on Maidstone United at 7:45PM on Thursday 29th July.
Folkestone Invicta 2 Hythe Town 1
Saturday 17th July 2021
On Saturday, Hythe went down 2-1 to Folkestone Invicta on a hot and sunny afternoon. Steve Watt made three changes from the win over Canterbury, with Frannie Collin, Alex Flisher and goalkeeper Harry Brooks coming into the line-up.
Hythe got off to a dream start when a ball was played out wide to Alex Flisher, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area beat Tim Roberts in the Invicta goal to give the Cannons the lead after just six minutes. However, that lead only lasted for five minutes, as a cross from Folkestone’s Ade Yusuff was slammed into the back of the net by Ronnie Dolan. Things almost got even worse on 15 minutes, when Tyler Sterling made a darting run into the box, which resulted in a shot that hit the crossbar. Folkestone did eventually take the lead in the 18th minute, when Alfie Paxman went one-on-one with the keeper and went around him, only for Cameron Reardon to shove him over and concede a penalty, which Paxman himself stepped up and scored to the keeper’s left, with Brooks diving the wrong way. Invicta had several more chances during the first half, hitting the post from a Sterling free kick on 36 minutes, as well as several shots going over the bar.
Hythe began the second half by bringing on Charlie Webster and new signing Jordan Sarfo, who both made a big impact on the match. Both Frannie Collin and Sarfo went one-on-one with Roberts in the Folkestone goal, with the keeper saving on both occasions. On 79 minutes, Hythe had arguably their best chance of the half. After narrowly hitting the crossbar, the ball rebounded to Tom Walmsley, who really should’ve done better, missing an open goal and firing the ball wide for a goal kick. During the second half, Hythe made three more changes, with Walmsley, Jacob Gilbert and George Sibley all getting onto the pitch.
Hythe return to Reachfields on Tuesday 20th July at home to Tunbridge Wells, with the match kicking off at 7:45PM.
Line-up: Harry Brooks, Liam Smith, Jarred Trespaderne, James Rogers, Cameron Reardon, Eli Benoit, Alex Brown, Darren Oldaker, Noel Leighton, Frannie Collin, Alex Flisher. Substitutes: Charlie Webster, Jordan Sarfo, Tom Walmsley, Jacob Gilbert, George Sibley
Scorers: Folkestone Invicta - Ronnie Dolan 11 mins, Alfie Paxman 18 mins (pen). Hythe Town - Alex Flisher 6 mins
Hythe Town 1 Canterbury City 0
Pre Season Friendly
Tuesday 13th July 2021
Hythe enjoyed their first home win in nine months as a late Morgan Williamson free kick earned them a 1-0 victory over SCEFL side Canterbury City. Manager Steve Watt made three changes from the 0-0 draw against Kennington, with Jarred Trespaderne, Eli Benoit and a trialist all making their first home starts of the season.
The Cannons were all over Canterbury in the first half, dominating both the chances and the possession. In the seventh minute, Cameron Reardon headed the ball onto Noel Leighton, who in turn headed the ball just over the bar. Later in the half, on 39 minutes, one of the trialists forced a fine save from the foot of the Canterbury goalkeeper, with the ball going behind for a corner.
It took until the 69th minute for the first real chance of the second half, with Reardon’s ball evading everyone but Charlie Webster, who was unable to get a good enough connection and the ball sailed away.
The deadlock was broken in the 81st minute, when another trialist won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, which 17-year-old substitute Morgan Williamson put into the back of the net, scoring his first senior goal. During the half, six changes were made for Hythe, with Alex Brown, Morgan Williamson, Tom Walmsley, Connor Cheek and two trialists all coming onto the pitch.
Hythe’s next match is away at Folkestone on the 17th of July, with the match kicking off at 3PM.
Report by Tom Ellerby
Hythe Town 0 Kennington 0
Saturday 10th July 2021
Hythe’s first home match since 17th October finished goalless as Steve Watt’s side played their third match of pre-season against SCEFL side Kennington. The game was rather uneventful, with very few chances going to either side. Hythe’s line-up contained eight players who had been with us last season; Will Godmon, Liam Smith, Nathan Gordon, James Rogers, Darren Oldaker, Charlie Webster, Alex Brown and Alex Flisher all started the match. The eleven also contained new signings Cameron Reardon and Noel Leighton, as well as a trialist.
Hythe dominated the chances in the opening stages, with Cannons goalkeeper Will Godmon having to make a save in the 12th minute, denying Kennington’s Ryan Philpott a goal against his former side. Another former Cannon was also involved a minute later, with keeper Joe Mant facing Noel Leighton one-on-one, grabbing the ball from the feet of Hythe’s new number 9. On 32 minutes, Darren Oldaker, who spent some time with Welling United while the Isthmian League was on hold, had an opportunity from a free-kick, but the ball sailed wide to the top left of the goal.
The second half was also fairly quiet. A trialist came on at half-time and made quite an impact on the match, hitting the side netting on 72 minutes after being denied a penalty three minutes before. During the second half, Steve Watt made six substitutions, with Tom Walmsley, Jarred Trespaderne, Eli Benoit and Morgan Williamson all making welcome returns to Reachfields, as well as two trialists.
The Cannons are back in action on Tuesday 13th July at home to Canterbury. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.
Report by Tom Ellerby
Deal Town 3 Hythe Town 0
Saturday 3rd July 2021
A depleted Hythe Town, who played a mixture of first team and young trialists, went down 3-0 at Deal Town on Saturday afternoon.
The Cannons were on the back foot as early as the second minute as a Connor Coyne shot flew just out of the reach of Hythe keeper Will Godmon and under the cross bar into the net to give the hosts the lead. They were two up in 14 minutes as the visitor’s defence failed to clear the ball from a Coyne cross with Ben Chapman firing the ball home.
With the hosts taking a two-goal half time lead it required a great save from Godmon to save Hythe falling further behind. However, on 58 minutes Deal sealed their win as Sam Wilson bundled the ball into the net to make it 3-0.
Despite the result, this was a good workout and an opportunity for some of the younger players to show their potential prior to the new season. The Cannons follow this with their first home fixture next Saturday (10th July 2021) as they entertain Kennington at Reachfields. Kick off will be 3pm.
Scorers: Deal Town – Connor Coyne 2 mins, Ben Chapman 14 mins, Sam Wilson 58 mins.
Attendance: H/C 140