Whitstable Town 0 Hythe Town 1
Ryman Football League Division One (South)
Saturday 28th December 2013
James Morrish came back to haunt Whitstable Town on Saturday afternoon when he scored the only goal to take all the points back to Hythe.
The first half was a turgid affair as both sides struggled to come to terms with the heavy pitch. It was Whitstable who had the first opportunity after three minutes when Ollie Brown hit a shot straight at Hythe keeper Dan Eason. It took another twelve minutes before John Guest hit a shot into a crowd of the players in the Hythe penalty area and the attempt was blocked. The visitors had to wait until the 22nd minute before Jamie Callado shot just over the Whitstable bar.
There were few other opportunities in the rest of the half with a 0-0 score line being an accurate reflection of the proceedings.
Whitstable started the second half on the attack and their first opportunity came after 47 minutes when Jordan Wells hit a shot wide of the target. Nine minutes later Joe Kane had a speculative shot that went well over the bar and a minute on Whitstable defender Laurence Harvey, who had moved up front in the second half, got on the end of a cross which he headed down but the ball was easily saved by Eason. Then came the two minutes that decided the game. Firstly Harvey was brought down in the penalty area after 58 minutes and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Up stepped Dan Wells whose penalty went too close to Eason who was able to save easily. That was the Hythe keeper’s third consecutive penalty save at the Belmont after two saves in the FA Trophy replay earlier in the season. Within a minute Hythe scored at the other end. A poor clearance by Luke Watkins found ex Whitstable midfielder James Morrish who seeing his chance looped a long range attempt high over the home keeper into the back of the net. It was a moment of
genius from Morrish who had an excellent game in midfield. Whitstable did press forward looking for an equaliser. Joe Kane on the turn fired over after 63 minutes. Then Taser Hassan had a chance at the other end but shot wide. Harvey continued to cause problems for the Hythe defence and had a shot blocked after 69 minutes and then with 16 minutes to go he got on the end of a Charlie Smith corner but his header went just wide. Despite the pressure Whitstable could not break through the Hythe defence and they held on to the three points.
The hosts must now re-group for the New Years Day fixture at home to Sittingbourne.
Team: Watkins, Kane, Webb, Wells D, Guest, Harvey, Keyte(Taylor 83mins), Brown (Simon 63mins), Smith C, Hafner (Lee 83mins), Wells J