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Hythe Match Report

Hythe Match Report

By sam surbey
8 November
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Tuesday 5th November 2019
Velocity Trophy Group 7
Herne Bay 1-2 Hythe Town
Att: 136

Herne Bay: Toby Wood, Pat Nzuzi, Phil Starkey, Mobolaji Dawodu, Ryan King-Elliott,
Danny Lawrence, Bradley Stevenson, Kyron Lightfoot, Tushaun-Tyreese Walters, Chris Saunders, Joe Nelder
Subs Used: Victor Aiyelabola (Walters 15) Laurence Harvey (Nelder 82) Zac Ansah (Dawodu 71) Keiron Campbell (Lightfoot71)

Both sides fielded much changed line ups for this Velocity Trophy fixture with Hythe Town winning by a single goal, thanks to a double strike from Stehen Okoh making his return from injury.
Bay opened the game with a fierce volley from Kyron Lightfoot went just the wide of the goal. However, the Cannons took the lead with their first meaningful attack of the game on ten minutes as Danny Divine crossed the ball from the right to Okoh on the left. He took
control of the ball and smashed it past Toby Woods at the near post.
Hythe pressed and both Devine and Tom Walmsley forced Wood into a save. Wood was again called into action when ex-Bay Tom Carlton was free in the 6 yard area. Making himself ’big’ he blocked Carlton’s shot before the rebound was hit wide of the target.
Bay struck back and following a good spell of pressure the ball was passed to Bradley
Stevenson who calmly stroked the ball wide of Ryan Nicholls in the Hythe goal to bring the sides level. Nicholls did react well when to block a shot from Ryan King-Elliott just before the interval.
Bay started the 2nd period as they ended the first with Stevenson forcing Nicholls to save at his near post, turning a fierce volley around the upright and a Lightfoot free kick went
narrowly wide. But as with the start of the first half, Hythe hit back. From a goal kick the ball was picked up by Carlton who fed it through to Okoh and he tucked the ball into the bottom
Bay then thought they had levelled but Lightfoot was correctly ruled offside. Laurence Harvey met a free kick cross but his header was cleared off the line. Then another contentious
decision when Chris Saunders netted a low cross but again was this time incorrectly given offside.
Hythe had the two more chances to seal the game with Carlton forcing Wood to save and then he rattled the cross bar with a fine volley from outside the area but they held on to take the victory.

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