Ben­gal bat­tered by ram­pant Town

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Junior Football -

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.

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