Penalty gives edge to lacklustre Town
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.