Chatham Town took the lead after just two minutes at Hythe Town on Easter Monday, but still ended up on the wrong end of a 6-1 scoreline.
Hythe won a free kick two minutes into the game, leading to a shot which was comfortably saved by Louis Lawlor. Chatham then took the ball straight to the other end and won a corner, and Leonardo Mazzone got on the end of Justin Ascheri’s corner to put Chatham ahead. The lead lasted for only three minutes though, because Grant equalised for Hythe on the break after a Chatham attack broke down. But within two minutes Chatham were back on the attack, with first George Benner seeing a shot saved and then Ascheri having a shot cleared off the line after Hythe goalkeeper Mant fell over.
The game settled down after that frantic first ten minutes, but with 16 minutes played Hythe were ahead when Adams touched in Campbell’s cross. Hythe had most of the ball for the remainder of the first half, but although they won a number of corners they had few serious attempts on Lawlor’s goal. Ricky Gundry had a chance on the half hour but it was cleared for a corner, while Hythe squandered a chance in the last seconds of the half and so led by only one goal at the interval.
Two minutes into the second half, a Hythe free kick led to an excellent save from Lawlor while at the other end, a speculative Alfie Foster shot was comfortably saved. The game became rather untidy for a while until a well taken goal by Mulrooney-Skinner gave Hythe their third just after the hour, followed a minute later by Grant’s fourth. A Gundry header fifteen minutes from time was saved, but Hythe still had time to score two further goals and have one disallowed before the final whistle put an end to Chatham’s suffering.
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