Hythe rediscover winning formula
HYTHE got back to winning ways on Saturday as three secondhalf goals saw them past Slade Green and back to the top of the Bulmers Cider Kent League.
Inspired by a man-of-thematch performance from midfielder Lee Winfield and boosted by the early return of goalscoring supremo Buster Smissen, Paul Fisk’s men rewarded the home crowd with an excellent display.
The first half wasn’t bad, either, although Hythe failed to score as a mixture of refereeing decisions and the keeper thwarted their attempts.
The referee was the first to intervene as he disallowed Roy Guiver’s goal after two minutes because of a push. Green keeper Dylan MacVicar then bravely stopped Jason Brazier before watching helplessly as Ben Sly hit the bar.
Brazier also headed wide in the closing stages of the half but Green clung on.
Their stubbornness lasted until the hour mark when Winfield’s free-kick found its way to Mo Takaloo who scored with a header.
Two minutes later, the lead was doubled when Brazier forced the ball home after Dave Cook’s header from a Takaloo cross rebounded off of the crossbar.
Guiver completed the victory with a back-heel from a Winfield centre, before Smissen made his return as substitute just in time to force Green defender Tarik Ozresberoglu into a rash challenge from which he saw red.