Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Christchurch v Hythe & Dibden 06/11/18

Christchurch 1 Hythe & Dibden 1 (Hythe & Dibden won 3-1 on penalties)

INTERESTING cup tie at Hurn Bridge, ultimately decided on penalties with little between the two sides in the normal 90 minutes of play.
Both teams had chances but the First Division side probably shaded the opening exchanges with the first shot in the 10th minute from Robbie Pittman being well blocked by Grant Cormack before it reached the goal.

Moments later it was Scott Joyce who saw a shot parried by the outstretched leg of Hythe custodian Ellis Grant, and on 21 minutes the home striker saw another effort deflected high and wide for a corner. A quick break from the resulting kick saw Sam Woodward sprint up the flank and his threaded pass to Harrison Fay flashed wide of the mark. Grant’s long clearances were giving the hosts some issues at the back trying to counter the pace of the wide players.

However on the half hour it was Christchurch who opened the scoring. A James King delivery from the left was headed home by JOYCE. Moments later Max Wilcock saw Grant called into action yet again with a decent stop.

It was not all one way as Pittman again found an opening and his shot tested Ollie King in the home goal at the Pickford Stand end. HT 1-0
Hythe played some good football stringing together some several strings of passes but lacked the final telling ball on several occasions so it was probably not that surprising that an equaliser came, the delivery from the flank evaded players in the goal area and left sub Dave WYATT with a simple tap in with just seven minutes left on the clock.
Christchurch had had an opportunity to extend their lead before the goal when a slip in midfield by a visiting player allowed Wilcock to progress and fire goalwards- but the shot went over the bar.
Perhaps the biggest cheer of the game was when Hythe scored but the cheer was quickly stifled when it became clear that the ball had in fact gone wide- behind the goal and hit the netting pitch side. FT 1-1

Although both sides tried for a winner once that equaliser had gone in the momentum was with the visitors and so it proved with them going through to the semi final 3-1. Grant saved two and King one of the strikes with former Norwegian international Jo Tessem setting the visitors on their way with their first penalty. (Mike Robins)