Ian Pulman has an early chance
Ian Pulman has an early chance

Hythe Town 4 Whitstable Town 0

FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

Saturday 13th September 2014

Whitstable Town were deservedly dumped out of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon as they were hammered 4-0 at Hythe Town.

Town were the first on the attack as Ian Pulman had two early chances . Firstly after seven minutes he made a couple of turns on the edge of the penalty area but his final shot went over the bar and two minutes later he volleyed just wide.  On 11 minutes ex Whitstable Town favourite Laurence Harvey headed straight at Luke Watkins in the Town goal but Hythe only had to wait a minute before they took the lead when another former Town

Michael Yianni scores Hythe's first
Michael Yianni scores Hythe’s first

Michael Yianni found himself free and volleyed the ball into the Town net.  Hythe’s Dave Pilcher was then to torment the Town defence when his shot after 26 minutes was deflected but Watkins changed direction and saved. Two minutes later he crossed only for Craig Thompson to head over and then on 33 minutes Pilcher sent in a cross that found Sam Conlon who headed past Watkins to make it 2-0. The visitors did have an attempt on 35 minutes when Peter Wedgeworth hit a free kick from 25 yards wide of the target.  Hythe should have gone three up on 41 minutes when Conlon  lobbed the ball over Watkins but also over the bar. Then came a controversial decision four minutes before the break  as Joe Kennett appeared to win the ball but the referee judged that it was a two footed tackle and the Town defender was shown a red card.

Laurence Harvey climbs above Nick Treadwell
Laurence Harvey climbs above Nick Treadwell

If Town were to get back into the game there was a mountain to climb in the second half but it was Hythe who had the first attempt of the half when Pilcher shot straight at Watkins. The next chance did not come until 66 minutes when Jamie Callado’s was again was easily saved by Watkins. The game was now one way traffic with the majority of chances coming for Hythe. On 71 minutes Phil Stevenson drove a shot which was saved by Watkins and then Ryan Phillpott tapped the ball over the bar from a searching cross. Hythe were to extend their lead on 77 minutes when Conlon got his second when he was able to slot the ball past Watkins. Luke Doherty had Town’s first attempt of the half when he sent a shot wide but that was brief respite before Conlon got his hat trick after 84 minutes when he got on the end of a rebound and forced the ball into the Whitstable net.  With five minutes to go Pulman shot wide but it was substitute Matty Guila who saved any more Town blushes as he deflected a shot wide from Josh Burchell.

It was a disappointing afternoon that did little to inspire the Town travelling support and the team must now regroup before the trip to Tooting and Mitcham United on Tuesday.

Team: Watkins, Gray (Healey 70mins), Wedgeworth, Doherty, Kennett, Treadwell (Guila 61 mins), Mackenzie, Girt, Pulman, Golding ( Rowland  55mins), Loynes