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