Smis­sen gives vi­tal breath­ing space

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

HYTHE Town took a mas­sive step to­wards their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Bul­mers Cider Kent League Premier Divi­sion Cup fi­nal on Tues­day evening as they came from be­hind to beat Erith Town at Reach­fields.

Play­ing the Lon­don­ers for a sec­ond time in three days, a re­peat of Satur­day’s 1-1 draw was on the cards when Mar­cus Cas­sius once again beat the hosts’ off­side trap to fire high past keeper Paul Hyde on 20 min­utes to give Erith the lead in the first leg of the semi-fi­nal.

Paul Fisk had changed his for­ma­tion to specif­i­cally deal with the runs of the light­en­ing quick goal poacher, and de­spite a few half-chances later on, Cas­sius fin­ished with just one goal.

Craig Southen and Mo Takaloo threat­ened to equalise in the dy­ing em­bers of the first half, be­fore three min­utes af­ter the restart the tie was level.

A Dale Skel­ton set piece fi­nally pro­duced a chance, which was taken by Dave Cook, ham­mer­ing home via the cross­bar af­ter Gary Mick­el­bor­ough’s ef­fort had been cleared.

An­other Skel­ton free-kick six min­utes later was headed home from close range by Takaloo, giv­ing Hythe their first lead over the Dock­ers this sea­son.

That lead was dou­bled with the best goal of the game 20 min­utes from time. John Walker’s cross­field pass was dis­patched first time past Jack Brad­shaw by Buster Smis­sen for his ninth goal of an in­jury-rav­aged sea­son, set­ting up an in­trigu­ing sec­ond leg on Wed­nes­day. Scorer Lee Winfield finds his route blocked

dur­ing Hythe’s game with Erith Town on Satur­day

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Hythe’s Buster Smis­sen bat­tles for the ball against Erith Town’s Lee Cor­burn on Satur­day

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