Penalty gives edge to lack­lus­tre Town

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

DAVE COOK’S ninth suc­cess­ful penalty of the sea­son gave Hythe Town a less-than-con­vinc­ing 1-0 win at Lordswood in the Bul­mers Cider Kent League Premier Divi­sion on Satur­day.

Play­ing against a team they beat 7-2 ear­lier in the sea­son, Hythe dom­i­nated in the open­ing min­utes and should have been out of sight be­fore half-time.

The first chance fell to Cook on two min­utes but Town’s top scorer could only knee the ball over the bar. Ja­son Bra­zier then forced Rowan Arnott into his first save be­fore Pat King­well’s header from a cor­ner was cleared off the line by Kevin Skin­ner.

The home side some­how man­aged to sur­vive the on­slaught and even man­aged an ef­fort on goal but Hythe con­tin­ued to press up un­til half-time without break­ing the dead­lock.

The sec­ond half started with Hythe on the at­tack again. Scott Bou­vier’s close range ef­fort was su­perbly dealt with by Rowan Arnott, be­fore the home keeper de­nied King­well.

Hythe then missed an­other golden op­por­tu­nity as a con­tentious penalty was struck down the mid­dle by Cook only for Arnott to save it with a boot.

Lordswood again pro­duced a cou­ple of mo­ments that wor­ried the vis­i­tors with Hythe keeper Paul Hyde tip­ping over a 40-yard free-kick from sub­sti­tute Matt Clarke, be­fore the vis­i­tors were awarded a sec­ond penalty.

This time Cook made no mis­take shoot­ing high into the left cor­ner to se­cure his 13th goal of the sea­son and a 11th Premier Divi­sion victory for the new league leaders.

Hythe went close to in­creas­ing their lead in the 84th minute when Ben Sly’s cross was met by Gary Mick­el­bor­ough, whose shot came back off a post.

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