Alarming slide continues as Hythe inflict seventh defeat

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Eastbourne Town’s torrid run of form in the Ryman League continued on Saturday.

Hythe Town, returned to Kent with all three points following their comfortable 2-0 win.

Having won all of the previous four meetings between the clubs, Hythe Town ensured that statistic continued with ease against a home side woefully short of ideas and confidence.

The hosts were a far cry from the bright and enthusiastic team that looked so promising earlier in the season.

Boss Danny Bloor, had his pre-match plans ruined by illness to Ross Sutton, Ben Austin failing a fitness test and Oli Lockyer reporting back from Sussex duty with a niggle that kept him sidelined.

Hythe Town, who arrived at the Saffrons with by far the best away record in the Division were awarded a penalty on 19 minutes. A shot from Everitt was fired into Denton’s midriff but the referee awarded a penalty and cited ‘high hands’ for the decision.

It was a gift that Hythe’s Dave Cook did not waste, as he smashed the penalty kick high into Josh Pelling’s net to open the scoring.

Town’s confidence and spirit visibly waned and the game became littered with mis-hit or underhit passes and messy, petty fouls.

On 43 minutes, Denton was penalised for a foul just outside the box, close to the bye line. From an inch perfect cross by Jake Hobbs, that man Cook was left completely unmarked at the far post and he accepted the easiest of chances to put his team two- up at the break.

The second period was played at a less intense level with Hythe Town comfortably dealing with whatever Town attacks came their way.

They had a game plan to defend their lead and they carried it out perfectly. Bloor attempted to enliven his side by altering the personnel but none of his substitutions had any significant effect on the game, or sadly, the outcome.

Town: Pelling 6, Denton 5 (Lansdale 52), Pogue 5, Cobbs (c) 5, Fogden 5 (Rogers 60), Elliott 5, Greenfield 6, May 5, Curd 5 (Howell 67), Geard 5.

Att: 222