Chatham Town saw their highest home crowd of the season for the Boxing Day match against Hythe Town, but despite a strong opening to the second half they fell to a 3-1 defeat.
The opening quarter of the game was played at a frantic pace, but with few real chances. A Ryan Flack shot on 14 was comfortably saved, while the referee was uninterested in a suggestion of a Hythe hand to an Enoch Adjei cross.
Hythe took the lead after 32 minutes, with an excellent goal scored from a narrow angle on the right. Although Flack won Chatham a corner in between, it was only seven minutes later that they doubled their lead, this time with a weakly hit shot that everyone seemed to think was going wide.
Chatham needed to score before half time if they were to get back into the game, and so they did just two minutes before the break. It was a well worked goal with Adjei’s cross finding the head of a diving Flack, and the game was set up nicely with all to play for in the second half.
The first fifteen minutes of that second half belonged entirely to Chatham. Medley had a shot saved, a Tom Michelson shot went over the bar, and Medley’s cross from an Owen Price free kick was cleared for a corner. Following that corner a Price shot from distance was saved, while among all these Chatham chances Alex Hyde was called upon to make a good save from a Hythe free kick a yard outside the area.
Our old friend Alfie May – now a Doncaster Rovers player – came on as a sub after an hour, but did not make an immediate impact on the game. It was still Chatham who were creating more chances, and Adjei made a good run into the area but stumbled when shaping to shoot. Moments later the Hythe keeper didn’t know much about a fiercely hit Medley shot which hit him on the arm and ran away for a corner.
We might perhaps have had a penalty when Kyron Lightfoot went down on 79, but the referee thought not and then that man May put the game to bed with a goal four minutes from time.
|Alex Hyde (GK)|