Hythe go top af­ter ster­ling dis­play

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Foot­ball -

HYTHE TOWN moved to the top of the Bul­mers Cider Kent League Premier Di­vi­sion for the first time this sea­son on Wed­nes­day, with a su­perb 3-2 vic­tory at Winch’s Field.

A first half Gavin Rans­ley ef­fort was added to by Pat King­well and Dave Cook in the sec­ond half, as the vis­i­tors main­tained their un­beaten start to their league cam­paign.

With Craig Southen and Joe Hitch­ings miss­ing, Gary Mick­el­bor­ough re­turned to the side in a mid­field ca­pac­ity. Tom Adling­ton and Buster Smis­sen also made the start­ing line-up, de­spite their con­tin­ued strug­gles with in­jury, but Ja­son Bra­zier was again side­lined, forc­ing Dale Skel­ton into the un­fa­mil­iar role of full-back.

Af­ter an im­pres­sive open­ing from Hythe, cap­tain Rans­ley handed them a 19th minute lead when he smashed home a King­well setup from a Ben Sly cor­ner.

The cen­tre half could have scored again, had it not been for the re­flexes of Dan Ea­son in the Bay goal.

King­well whis­tled a long range ef­fort wide and Skel­ton stung the hands of Ea­son as Hythe con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate, but Bay were soon on level terms when Luke Har­vey stabbed home af­ter Skel­ton mis­judged a header back to his goal­keeper Paul Hyde.

The vis­i­tors came straight back at their hosts, cre­at­ing chances for Smis­sen and Skel­ton be­fore the break, but it wasn’t un­til the hour mark that they man­aged to re­take the lead.

(Har­vey36, Brown pen 83)

Striker King­well latched on to a poor back-header be­fore lob­bing the on-rush­ing Ea­son.

The same player went close to grab­bing a sec­ond from a Sam Marsh free kick and Mick­el­bor­ough was de­nied fol­low­ing good ap­proach work from Lee Win­field, be­fore Cook made the points safe with an un­stop­pable vol­ley from a Win­field cor­ner.

There was still time for Rams­gate loa­nee Ben Brown to score Bay’s sec­ond goal from the penalty spot, af­ter a need­less King­well foul, which set up a tense fi­nale.

But de­spite Bay pro­duc­ing a cou­ple of dan­ger­ous crosses, Hythe kept them out to record their sev­enth league win of the sea­son.

Team: Hyde, Adling­ton, Skel­ton, Marsh, Rans­ley, Mick­el­bor­ough (Walker, 88), Cook, Sly, Smis­sen (Neil­son, 69), King­well, Win­field. Subs not used: Shaw, Bond, Dun­lop.

At­ten­dance: 142

Hythe’s Pat King­well and Richie Rad­bourne (Erith/Belvedere) bat­tle for the ball in the 1-1 draw at Reach­fields Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1497968

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