Tony Rickson Reports:
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Bostik South East
(0) 0 Hythe Town
(2) 3 (Ansah (pen) 30,
Carlton 36, K Campbell 63) , Attendance: 192
Patrick Lee, Chris Webber, Kwasi Amoah, Jack Morrell, Harry Barkaway (Tom
Lawrence, 60 min), Lewis Chambers,
Izzy Adebayo (Liam Middleton, 77 min), Chris Barnard, Roman Campbell, Billy
Lewins (Johan Caney-Bryan, 45 min), Timmie Babbington. Subs not used: Rob
Lofting, Franklin Phipps.
Tony Coxall, Sal Kisitu, Khanye Makhosini, Chris Kinnear (Elliot Capel, 75 min),
Ollie Rowe, Mitchell Dickenson (Yellow card), Ryan Palmer, Thomas Carlton, Zak
Ansah, Sid Sollis (Charlie Webster, 68 min), Kieron Campbell (Tom Walmsley, 89
min). Subs not used: Kane Philip, Jack Smith.
Dowle. Assistants: Jordan Whitworth, Toby Enstone.
by Hythe Town: 4 or 5; Chances taken: 3. Chances created by Sittingbourne (and
these were just the good ones) 8 or 9; Chances
And that’s why
Hythe completed the double this season and retain their interest in the
play-offs. And why Sittingbourne still need to keep an eye on what’s going on
below them in the table, and why three points next Saturday at Greenwich Borough
would be vital in that respect.
It wasn’t for
the want of trying that Sittingbourne lost this match.
hard and created some excellent goalscoring positions but for one reason or
another they missed them all.
And at the
other end the defence was carved open just a little too easily and Hythe were
able to build a very flattering three-goal lead.
It was the
biggest defeat Chris Lynch has suffered since his first day in charge, and the
first time in seven matches Sittingbourne haven’t scored in a game.
their smart-looking new dressing rooms for the first time, Sittingbourne kept
the same side that started the previous week at Whitstable when their five-match
winning run was halted.
It was an even
start between what looked two-well matched teams with Patrick Lee making a good
save following a Hythe free-kick and opposition appeals for a penalty for
handball by Kwasi Amoah dismissed.
created a great chance on 26 minutes when Roman Campbell’s superb run was
finished by keeper Coxall blocking his shot. The loose ball ran for Timmie
Babbington and though he beat the fallen keeper his effort was kicked off the
line by covering defender Dickenson.
Up the other
end and Sittingbourne’s defence was split between the centre-backs and left-back
for ex-Brickie Sal Kisitu to race into the area at full speed. Out came Lee,
down went Kisitu, and the assistant referee immediately flagged for a penalty.
From where I was, it looked a good shout but those closer to the action were
adamant it was never a foul. Top scorer Ansah converted, though only off the
underside of the bar.
later and the defence was split again, this time through the inside-left
channel, and Tom Carlton, whose dad Paul used to play for Sittingbourne, scored
confidently inside the far post.
came roaring back and Billy Lewins looked as though he’d scored but the ball ran
agonisingly the wrong side of the post, and the keeper made a good save from
Chris Barnard, both chances coming from great play by the excellent Campbell.
Brickies started the second half where they’d left off with Izzy Adebayo
shooting just over and Barnard also going close, though when Hythe did get
forward Ansah’s shot rebounded back out off the post.
on the break and converted past a defence that had just switched to a back
three, made it too much of a mountain for Sittingbourne to climb, though they
still kept plugging away.
And the chances
followed with Campbell firing into the side-netting after a great run to set up
his own chance, sub Johan Caney-Bryan forcing a corner with a powerful shot,
another sub, Liam Middleton, hitting the post from quite close in, and
Babbington seeing his shot saved by the keeper.
A lot of
effort, but nothing to show for it, and work needing to be done to restrict
chances at the other end.
But the good
news is that Sittingbourne have only been beaten three times in their last nine
games and that’s with a very young side who will only get better in days and
months to come.
Photographs from the game by Ken Medwyn