Match Report -

Match Report - , by Roger Allen

Hythe & Dibden v Downton 10/10/18

Hythe & Dibden 5 Downton 1

HYTHE & DIBDEN continued their fine start to the campaign to go three points clear at the very top of the Wessex Division 1 table with a convincing win against Downton.

Telfer, for the Robins, almost brought his side an early lead but his half-volley struck the Hythe bar. Woodward and Ngwa had efforts blocked whilst a further Woodward effort missed the post. Woodward was again involved in a Hythe attack and was credited with an assist, laying a square pass to Tessem who took his time and fired low into the corner and 1-0 on 13 minutes. The same two players were involved in their second goal but this time Tessem turned provider as his crossfield pass found Woodward who’d got behind the visitors defence and lashed a low shot home. That goal came on 31 minutes and just four minutes later Hythe netted their third when Prentice found Tessem whose touch on found Ngwa whose firm shot went in off the keeper. The experienced Tessem was running the Hythe midfield and he played a neat pass to Prentice who returned the ball to the Norwegian international whose shot was blocked by the legs of Downton keeper Gunstone-Gray to concede a corner. HT: 3-0.

Crisp tried a 25-yard effort for the Robins in the opening minutes of the second half but home keeper Grant just managed to tip the ball over the bar. Downton did get one back just after though as a Galec pass behind the Hythe back line put in Tyson who fired home. A decent spell for the visitors put Grant in action again, this time blocking from Savage following a good pass by McGregor. Play settled from here and the Hythe two goal advantage seldom looked under any further threat. With time progressing into the latter stages Downton’s Steer had a shot that just missed the far post from a Tyson pass. Shortly after a neat turn in the box by Ngwa was too slick for a Downton defender and Hythe were awarded a penalty which O’Dell [pen] netted, low via a touch by Gunstone-Gray. So, 4-1 to Hythe and they looked for more as a Tessem free-kick was well pushed over by Gunstone-Gray but there was still time for a fifth home goal when from a right-wing corner, their subs combined as Fay got in a header that went in off Switzer. Clarke made a good run, but his shot was deflected off a home defender for a corner. FT: 5-1.

Having only finished in the top half of Division 1 twice in the past nine seasons it is good to see Hythe competing for the top places. They play some good football with the evergreen Tessem proving to be a fine catalyst. It was certainly an entertaining game with Downton making a good contribution and it was also played in a fine spirit too. With an attendance of 61 it looks like the good folk of this area are beginning to take a little more notice of their improvement too. [Gary Day]