Report: Hythe Town 2-2 Whyteleafe
Down to the cinque port of Hythe on Saturday for Harry Hudson’s men and a game of – excuse the cliché – two halves. Well, two periods of ten minutes and eighty minutes.
Whyteleafe were two up in ten minutes with a stunning opener from Mannie Mensah after just four minutes. Picking up the ball on the Leafe right, a mazy run led to a fierce shot that left Hythe keeper, Godman, beaten all ends up.
Mensah is making a habit of spectacular goals. He’s now added finishing to his other many talents.
Then in the tenth minute former Leafe defender, Callum Adonis-Taylor made a stunning save on the line with the keeper beaten, which saw him given his marching orders. Bentley Graham stepped up to convert the resulting penalty. The diehard Leafe contingent were pinching themselves and hoping for a runaway win after such a swift start and still chuckling at the Hythe tannoy man’s faux pas of announcing the scorer as ‘Graham Bentley’!
However, it didn’t turn out that way and the ten men of Hythe performed better than when at full strength. They must be applauded for their industry, effort and sheer determination. They almost scored in the 33rd minute when Flisher was through on goal with Leafe keeper Tyler McCarthy making a superb stop, followed by another after a strong shot by the same player.
In the 55th minute a wicked cross from the left evaded two Hythe players on the line with the Leafe defence beaten. An armpit would have seen the ball in the net. It was that close!
After a melee in the Whyteleafe penalty box, Hythe centre forward, Alex Flisher fired into the bottom corner. Game on. Surely, though, Leafe would stretch their lead against ten men? Sadly not, as just four minutes later a towering header from impressive centre half, Jamie Coyle made it 2-2.
A quick word for new Leafe left-back, Peter Wedgeworth. His left-foot has really added something to the side, be it wicked crosses and corners or his masterful free-kicks. He truly brings another dimension to Harry’s team.
From then on it was all Hythe and they looked the team most likely to grab a winner, with Leafe hanging on. Having said that a last ditch Whyteleafe move almost resulted in Corie Andrews grabbing a decider. Leading scorer, Ronnie Sobowale was on the bench after picking up a knock against Chipstead on Tuesday evening.
For Whyteleafe, the 2-all final score felt like a defeat, given the great start and a victory would have taken us up to fifth place in the league. Great credit must be given to ten man
Hythe, though. The Leafe fans headed home up the dark and miserable M20 for Surrey thinking about what could have been.
We now move onto a tough home game against Ashford United (November 12 – Church Road – 7.45pm).
Whyteleafe Line Up: 1 Tyler McCarthy 2 Matt O’Donoghue 3 Peter Wedgeworth (sub 82’ 12 Jamie McGeoghegan) 4 Nathan Campbell 5 Ricardo Thompson 6 Corey Holder 7 Mannie Mensah (sub 65’ 14 Helge Orome) 8 Bentley Graham 9 Tre Daley (sub 45’ 17 Tyrese Sutherland) 10 Antonio Walker-Barth 11 Corie Andrews
Subs Not Used: 15 Ronnie Sobowale 16 Adam Aziz