Super Town go on a seven-goal rampage
Hythe Town 7, Lordswood 2 FORMER Bromley Green man Gary Mickelborough showed he is adapting to life at the higher level with Hythe Town well with two more goals in the 7-2 romp against Lordswood at Reachfields on Saturday. The win maintained Hythe’s unbeaten Bulmer Cider Kent Premier League record and keeps them second in the table. Lordswood started and closed the scoring but Hythe always had the edge and the final margin could have been higher as they dominated the clash. Mickelborough was an early replacement for the injured Jason Brazier but his pace and determination were always a handful for the Lords. He burst clear on 29 minutes to make it 1-1 gliding past the keeper to deftly fire home. Golden boot Mike Smissen made it 2-1 for Hythe before half-time and then Lee Winfield took control. The winger struck for 3-1, set up Ben Sly for the fourth and then teed up Joe Neilson to score with his first touch of the ball. Mickelborough provided a precision finish to the sixth and Winfield wrapped up a great win for Town as they prepare to start their FA Vase campaign at home to Egham on Saturday.
Folkestone 1, Horsham 2 Folkestone Invicta went out of the FA Cup with a sense of injustice as they lost 2-2 against Horsham their Second Qualifying Round tie at a sunny Buzzlines Stadium. The home side were unable to save the day despite pulling a late goal back through substitute Craig Wilkins and were left feeling aggrieved for not being awarded a penalty by referee Neil West. Goals from centre-half Andrew Howard and centre-forward Evan Archibald won the tie for the Ryman Premier League side before Wilkins’ first goal for the club briefly raised hopes of a replay. But the home side were left fuming by the decision not to award a penalty in the 44th minute when James Everitt was pulled down by goalkeeper Paul Seuke after going round him down the right hand side of the penalty area. It was a big moment in the tie but referee West gave a goal kick after consulting one of his assistants, to the clear annoyance of Invicta boss Neil Cugley and home supporters. The visitors had opened the scoring in the 36th minute when Howard thumped the ball into the net after it had been played back in when a corner from the right was only partially cleared. Archibald made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute when he headed home after Lee Carey had played the ball into the middle of the penalty area from the right hand side. Substitute Wilkins reduced the deficit in the 87th minute when he drilled in a low shot after James Dryden touched the ball back to him when substitute Kieran Byrne initially headed the ball on. And Invicta were desperately close to an equaliser when James Everitt headed inches wide from a Jimmy Jackson free kick.