Bengal battered by rampant Town
HYTHE Town recorded their biggest win since the club reformed after the Walton era slamming 10 past Sporting Bengal at Reachfields on Saturday. It made next Saturday’s second leg of this second round Kent League Cup contest a dead rubber as seven different players got on the scoresheet. It was an extraordinary start as Hythe powered into a four-goal start in the opening 13 minutes and led 6-0 at half-time. The rout started after just four minutes when Ben Sly chipped in a free-kick for skipper Gavin Ransley to volley home. Bengal then found themselves three down inside seven minutes as Pat Kingwell’s cutback was well finished by Joe Nielson and then a Craig Southen through ball was converted by Kingwell. Dave Cook should had added another minutes later but it was just a temporary respite as Sly fired a free-kick through the wall for 4-0. Hythe contined to pound the Bengal box and were rewarded on 26 minutes when Neilson found Gary Mickelborough who became the fifth different scorer on the list. Six minutes from half-time, it was six when a great cross from Mickelborough was headed home from close range by Kingwell to cap a half which featured 17 shots by the home side to two off-target efforts from the visitors. Hythe made two early changes to the second half – defender Mark Bond replacing Dale Skelton and Darren Walmsley on for the injured Neilson. But there was no let-up for Bengal as Cook’s header was handled on the goalline by a defender and Cook himself slammed home the penalty. It was the last contribution by Cook whose replacement, newcomer Aaron O’Leary quickly unleashed a 30-yard drive into the top corner. Sly then finished off a superb four-man move for the ninth before O’Leary turned provider for Kingwell to complete his hat-trick. With 10 minutes to go, Hythe were down to 10 men when Sly limped off injured and Bengal got a consolation when Ransley gave away a penalty for Liton Zaman to convert. Still the drama was not over as keeper Shamimuz Zaman saved a Kingwell penalty after Walmsley was upended and the keeper also saved superbly to deny Mickelborough his second.