Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Brockenhurst v Hthe & Dibden 14/11/18

Brockenhurst 2 Hythe & Dibden 3

This was the second meeting of the two sides in a local Senior Cup tie this season and, having witnessed a good game earlier in the Bournemouth Cup, it was no hardship to go to Grigg Lane to see the Southampton version.

Although the outcome was the same, this was a much closer game and Brock gave respect to their lower League visitors by putting out a near full strength side although Matt Burt at the heart of defence was a big miss.

Brock looked as though they meant business but early misses by Cassius Newton and Will Tickle together with a good Ellis Grant save from a Mitchell Speechley-Price shot meant the first quarter hour was goalless.

Then with their first chance Hythe took the lead. Cain Prentice’s shirt was pulled by Ronan Moore – a soft but obvious penalty when little danger threatened. Sammy WOODWARD stepped up to take the kick which he sent low into the left corner.

From then to half time, the home side dominated the game territorially but their finishing was generally wayward and Hythe were able to take a slender lead into the interval. H.T. 0-1

With the centre of the Hythe defence looking very solid, the Badgers threat came mainly from Tickle on the right and Mo Nyang on the left. And it was from one of these that the Brock equaliser arrived in the 58th minute. TICKLE drifted in from the right and fired a low shot under Grant into the net.

Parity lasted less than 60 seconds. Filippos TERZIDIS, Hythe’s Greek midfield player, likes playing at Grigg Lane having scored 2 goals in the earlier encounter. Here he picked up the ball just outside the penalty area and crashed in a shot off the underside of the bar.

Hythe’s other central midfield player, Jo Tessem at 40 something is still a class act. Never resorting to foul play, finding space to be available to receive a pass and knowing where the ball is going before he receives it, is a pleasure to watch. I labour this because the defence splitting pass he delivered to set Sammy WOODWARD free to score what was ultimately the winning goal, was worth the entrance money alone. Woodward is a good finisher and his low shot gave Deacon no chance.

Prentice had a headed goal ruled out for offside but still Brock plugged away and in the 75th minute they were back in the game as substitute Leon CARBAYO-BORGES nutmegged keeper Grant with a low shot from 10 yards.

This set up a grandstand finish with a couple of good shouts for penalties particularly when Tom Switzer’s first act after coming on as substitute was to drag down a Brock forward at a corner – difficult to see how both officials missed that one.

Ultimately Brock were to pay the price for poor finishing as Hythe continued to add to their good League and Cup record. F.T. 2-3 (Roger Allen)