Hythe Town 1 Bowers & Pitsea 2
Saturday 30th July 2022
Hythe were defeated in their final game of pre-season as they entertained Bowers and Pitsea. The team contained no trialists, as Steve Watt and his managerial team have now settled on their squad for the season. However, Watt wasn't at the match, and neither were his assistants Darren Blackburn and Micky Phillips, which meant that player-coach Frannie Collin took charge of the match.
The first opportunity of the match went Hythe's way, as Shad Ngandu was set free on the left-hand side of the pitch, forcing the opposition goalkeeper to block the ball away from a one-on-one position. Unfortunately, only a minute later a penalty was given to Bowers and Pitsea, which was given away by Liam Smith. Toby Ajala slotted home to give the visitors the advantage after ten minutes. Hythe's response came eleven minutes later when a hand in the face of Johan Caney-Bryan resulted in a penalty for the Cannons, which Shad Ngandu stepped up to take. The new signing rolled the ball into the net to level the scores on 21 minutes.
Frannie Collin made several substitutions for the Cannons in the second half, bringing four players onto the pitch. However, none of them were able to help Hythe score another, whereas the away side were able to take the lead on 52 minutes. Bola Dawodu headed in a cross, which initially was deemed as offside by the linesman, but following a discussion with the referee, the goal was given.
The full-time whistle marked the end of Hythe's pre-season, finishing with six wins and two defeats - a strong record to have going into the new season. The season will begin next Saturday at 3pm as Hythe travel to Brighton to face AFC Varndeanians. The club have arranged for a coach to take the players and supporters to the match, more details can be found by contacting the club.
Team: Aaron Lee-Wharton, Sam Itauma, Morgan Williamson, Harry Miller, Liam Smith, Ollie Gray, Josh Stirman, Jason Fregene, Johan Caney-Bryan, Shad Ngandu, Ross Ibbertson. Substitutes: Ethan Smith, Jack Steventon, Marcus Goldsmith, Frankie Smith
Scorers: Hythe Town – Shad Ngandu 21 mins (pen). Bowers & Pitsea – Toby Ajala 10 mins (pen), Bola Dawodu 52 mins
Hythe Town 0 Folkestone Invicta 3
Tuesday 26th July 2022
Hythe's pre-season winning streak came to an abrupt end against a rampant Folkestone Invicta side. The opposition lineup included former player-manager James Rogers, whilst Hythe's side contained a new signing in Franki Smith, who started on the bench.
It was the Cannons who had the first chance of the match, as Jarred Trespaderne flicked a ball to Johan Caney-Bryan, who tried to tip the ball past the Folkestone keeper, however the shot went narrowly past the post.
It wasn't long before Folkestone scored their opener on 20 minutes when Louis Yamfam played a cross to Kadell Daniel, whose shot hit the bar, before Ibrahim Olatude bundled the rebound in.
Invicta doubled their lead at the end of the half, when Frannie Collin attempted to play a pass to Jarred Trespaderne on the outside of the Hythe penalty area, however the pass was intercepted by Kadell Daniel, who simply placed the ball past the outstretched hand of Aaron Lee-Wharton.
Just eleven minutes into the second half, the visitors scored their third, as Kadell Daniel drifted from the right wing into the Hythe box and bent his shot in for his second of the game. After using all seven of their substitutes, Hythe had an opportunity to score a consolation on 82 minutes through Marcus Goldsmith, who hammered the ball just over the crossbar.
The full-time whistle marked Hythe's first defeat of pre-season. The Cannons will look to get back to winning ways in their final friendly at home to Bowers and Pitsea on Saturday at 3pm.
Team: Aaron Lee-Wharton, Liam Smith, Lex Allan, Ollie Gray, Jarred Trespaderne, Johan Caney-Bryan, Frannie Collin, Marcus Goldsmith, Ethan Smith, Sam Itauma, Jack Steventon. Subs: Josh Stirman, Franki Smith, Morgan Williamson, Shad Ngandu, Harry Miller, Jason Fregene, Ross Ibbertson.
Scorers: Folkestone Invicta – Ibrahim Olatude 20 mins, Kadell Daniel 43 & 56 mins.
Hythe Town 2 Tunbridge Wells 0
Saturday 23rd July 2022
Hythe continued their 100% pre-season record on Saturday as they won 2-0 in their first home match of the campaign. The opponents, Tunbridge Wells, came from the league below Hythe, but returning manager Steve Watt didn't underestimate the opposition, fielding a line-up that saw seven players make their first start at Reachfields for Hythe.
The first chance of the match went Hythe's way with nine minutes gone, as Ethan Smith played a pass through to Frannie Collin inside the penalty area, whose shot deflected off a defender and was tipped wide by the goalkeeper. It wasn't long until the Cannons had their first goal, as a lifted ball from Johan Caney-Bryan found new signing Jason Fregene, who headed home on 22 minutes.
Tunbridge Wells had an opportunity to level the scores five minutes into the second half with a penalty, which was given away by Jack Steventon. However, goalkeeper Aaron Lee-Wharton made a superb save to his right to maintain Hythe's lead. Later on in the half, another penalty was given, and this time to Hythe, as another new signing Shad Ngandu was brought down in the Wells' penalty area, which he himself converted.
The full-time whistle blew to signal a perfect return to Reachfields for manager Steve Watt. The Cannons will return to action at home to rivals Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday night. Kick-off is at 7:45PM.
Team: Aaron Lee-Wharton, Sam Itauma, Marcus Goldsmith, Morgan Williamson, Lex Allan, Ollie Gray, Ethan Smith, Jack Steventon, Johan Caney-Bryan, Frannie Collin, Jason Fregene. Subs used: Jarred Trespaderne, Shad Ngandu, Josh Stirman, Ross Ibbertson, Trialist B, Trialist C
Scorers: Hythe Town – Jason Fregene 22 mins, Shad Ngandu 70 mins (pen)
K Sports 1 Hythe Town 4
Wednesday 20th July 2022
There was more encouragement for Hythe Town in Pre-Season as they came away with a 4-1 win at Southern Counties East Premier League K Sports on Wednesday evening.
The Cannons were ahead on twelve minutes as Ethan Smith was brought down in the penalty area. Up stepped Frannie Collin who buried the ball in the left corner of the net. The hosts were nearly level on 17 minutes as a free kick was driven just wide off the post. K Sports’ midfielder Luke Girt rattled the upright before Ethan Smith was again brought down in the area but this time Josh Stirman had his penalty saved.
However, Hythe went further ahead on 32 minutes as Ethan Smith swivelled close in and fired home with the ball deflecting off Collin into the net. Nine minutes later the hosts pulled one back as the defence failed to clear and Richard Jimoh lobbed the ball over the trialist keeper and into the net.
The Cannons continued to control the game and were 3-1 up on 53 minutes as a cross from the right by Ross Ibbotson found Johan Caney-Bryan who, under pressure, headed home. The icing on the cake came on 73 minutes when the ball came out to one of the trialists and he rifled the ball home.
There two minutes left of normal time when the floodlights went out and sensibly the referee blew for time.
The Cannons return to Reachfields for the first time on Saturday (23rd July 2022) when they entertain Tunbridge Wells in another pre-season fixture. Kick off is 3pm.
Team: Trialist, Trialist, Ross Ibbotson, Jack Steventon, Lex Allan, Ollie Gray, Josh Stirman, Jarred Trespaderne, Ethan Smith, Frannie Collin, Marcus Goldsmith. Subs Used: Aaron Lee-Wharton, Four Trialists.
Scorers: K Sports - Richard Jimoh 41 minutes. Hythe Town - Frannie Collin 12 mins (pen), Ethan Smith 32 mins, Johan Caney-Bryan 53 mins, Trialist 73 mins.
Attendance: Approx. 60
Snodland Town 0 Hythe Town 3
Tuesday 12th July 2022
Hythe Town again maintained their 100% record as they came away from Snodland Town with a comfortable 3-0 win on a hot and sultry Tuesday evening.
Both sides started the game evenly with the ambitious Southern Counties League 1st Division side providing strong opposition. The Cannons did have a couple of opportunities as a trialist fired a shot that was well saved by the Snodland Town goalkeeper and then on 27 minutes Frannie Collin curled a free kick from 25 yards that clipped the crossbar. At the half-time break the score stood at 0-0.
Seven minutes into the second half saw Snodland rattle the Hythe crossbar but eventually it was the Cannons who made the breakthrough. Alex Flisher surged into the penalty area and placed his shot neatly in the back of the net to make it 1-0. On 78 minutes it could have been two as Marcus Goldsmith sent in a curling and dipping effort that went just over the top.
However, Hythe were not to be denied as with five minutes to go Flisher played in Ethan Smith who finished clinically for his third pre-season goal and then on the stroke of full time one of the trialists picked up the ball on the right hand side finally slamming his shot past the home keeper.
It was a good night for Hythe who now have to wait until next Wednesday (20th July 2022) when they travel to K Sports in another pre-season fixture with an 8:15pm kick off.
Team: Aaron Lee-Wharton, Trialist, Jarred Trespaderne, Ollie Gray, Jack Steventon, Sam Itauma, Liam Smith, Ross Ibbertson, Frannie Collin, Johan Caney-Bryan, Trialist: Morgan Williamson, Marcus Goldsmith, Alex Flisher, Ethan Smith, Four more trialists.
Scorers: Hythe Town - Alex Flisher 67 mins, Ethan Smith 85 mins, Trialist 90 mins.
Attendance: Approx 100.
Carshalton Athletic 1 Hythe Town 2
Saturday 9th July 2022
Hythe Town continued their 100% record in Pre-Season as they came from behind to win 2-1 at a sweltering Carshalton Athletic on Saturday afternoon.
The Cannons started, as in previous pre-season games, with a squad mainly of first team players but including a number of trialists.
The first 25 minutes saw both sides battle to gain control with few clear-cut chances but it was the hosts who took the lead on 28 minutes as Bobby Mills crossed from the right to find ex Herne Bay and Maidstone United striker Jake Embery who fired home.
However, Hythe struck back four minutes later as new signing Sam Itauma sent in a cross from the right which eventually found Ethan Smith who tapped home for his second goal in pre-season. Hythe were now dominating the game and were ahead on 38 minutes as Jack Steventon played a long ball that found Johan Caney-Bryan who smashed the ball past Carshalton keeper Liam Beech into the roof of the net.
With a number of changes at half time, the Isthmian Premier side put Hythe under pressure with the defence resolute as they struggled to find the equaliser. The visitors were also grateful for two fine saves from goalkeeper Aaron Lee-Wharton from two efforts from Tommy Bradford. However, The Cannons held on for the win.
Hythe follow up today’s game with another away friendly as they travel to Snodland Town on Tuesday evening. Kick-off is 7:45pm.
Team: Trialist A, Sam Itauma, Marcus Goldsmith, Morgan Williamson, Lex Allen, Liam Smith, Trialist B, Jack Steventon, Johan Caney-Bryan, Ethan Smith, Trialist C. Subs Used: Jarred Tresparderne, Aaron Lee-Wharton, Trialist D, Trialist E, Trialist F.
Scorers: Carshalton Athletic - Jake Embery 28 mins. Hythe Town - Ethan Smith 32 mins, Johan Caney-Bryan 38 mins
Hythe Town 3 Potters Bar Town 0
Tuesday 5th July 2022
At Wrotham School
The Cannons comfortably overcame Isthmian Premier Division League Potters Bar Town 3-0 on the 3G at Wrotham School on a warm Tuesday evening.
Again, Steve Watt chose a starting eleven including some Trialists.
The first clear cut opportunity came for Potters Bar on nine minutes when they should have taken the lead, but the ball was screwed wide. Hythe were, however, ahead on 14 minutes when Ethan Smith was fouled in the penalty area. Up stepped his brother Liam Smith who sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 1-0.
Alex Flisher was unlucky on 32 minutes as a cheeky free kick to the near post was deflected wide for a corner. But Hythe were not to be denied a second as Ethan Smith was pushed in the back on 42 minutes and this time took the kick himself putting the ball just out of the reach of the diving keeper into the corner of the net.
There were a number of changes at half time with a rare chance coming from Potters Bar with an effort that flew just over the bar. However, the Cannons finished off the win after 70 mins when the goalkeeper mishit his clearance into the path of a Trialist who tapped the ball into an empty net.
The early signs in pre-season are encouraging for Hythe as the defence looked strong and opportunities being created at the other end.
Hythe Town now go onto their next away game at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday in another pre-season friendly. Kick off is 3pm.
Team: Trialist A, Marcus Goldsmith, Trialist B, Morgan Williamson, Lex Allen, Jack Steventon, Josh Stirman, Liam Smith, Alex Flisher, Ethan Smith, Ollie Gray. Subs Used: Samuel Itauma, Trialist C, D, & E.
Scorers: Hythe Town – Liam Smith 14 mins (pen), Ethan Smith 42 mins (pen), Trialist 70 mins.
Attendance: H/C 42
Kennington 0 Hythe Town 1
Saturday 2nd July 2022
The Cannons started their season in good form as the eased their way to a 1-0 win against Kennington on a warm Saturday afternoon at Homelands.
Manager, Steve Watt mixed up the team with all the signed players on show with only Jarred Trespaderne unable to start due to injury. He also included a number of triallists who were looking for possible places in the squad.
Hythe had the majority of the play in the first half, and it was a goal on sixteen minutes that sealed the game as captain Liam Smith unleashed a shot from the edge of the penalty area that flew into the top corner giving former Cannon keeper Joe Mant no chance to make it 1-0.
Hythe made a number of changes in the second half but still had the best chances as Josh Stirman forced a Kennington player to clear off the line and then with ten minutes left on the clock a Trialist rattled the crossbar with an impressive effort.
Throughout the game the reinforced Hythe defence prevented any scares.
This was an encouraging start with Hythe back in action with another friendly at Wrotham School on Tuesday evening (5th July 2022) as the take on Potters Bar Town. Kick off is 7:45pm.
Scorer: Hythe Town – Liam Smith 16 minutes.
Attendance: H/C 115