Eastbourne Town had no points to show for their endeavours after an entertaining clash on Saturday.
The opening quarter saw the hosts apply pressure, attacking from wide positions and looking to feed their prolific forward line. The home side were also able to threaten by using the long throw of Aaron Lacy as a potent weapon.
Kieran Thorp made a stunning point blank save from the Hythe skipper, Dave Cook, on 23 minutes, pushing the ball over the crossbar to safety.
However, this reprieve was short lived as within a minute Hythe opened the scoring, with what was to be the first in an explosive 10 minute period. Brendon Cass was played in behind the centre backs and he drew Thorp before sliding the ball home to give the hosts a deserved lead.
Eastbourne Town countered within five minutes as Brooks won his aerial duel. The ball broke free and Danny Curd restored parity. The home side scored almost immediately following a well delivered free kick. Hythe’s big centre-back, Nick Reeves, climbed highest to loop a powerful header beyond Thorp’s despairing dive to put the hosts in front for a second time.
Town’s ‘never say die’ spirit saw them rewarded with a second equaliser on 34 minutes when Matt Geard’s persistance forced Town’s second.
Bang on half time the visitors nearly got themselves in front. Curd’s downward header from a long Luke Denton throw hit the base of the post.
With just 13 minutes left, the final and decisive goal was scored by the hosts. From a corner on the right, the ever willing Craig Thompson got across Steve May to send an unstoppable header flashing past Thorp.
Try as they did, Town could not find a way to earn a third equaliser and Hythe saw out the clock to record a league double over their Sussex rivals.
Eastbourne Town boss, Danny Bloor named 17 year old prospect, Joe Summerbell among the Town substitutes for the first time, having impressed in the Town youth teams this year.
Bloor said “There are a few promising boys that are coming through our ranks and, if they are good enough, they will get every opportunity with us.
“It’s very important that the youngsters know they can progress with Eastbourne Town by playing at Ryman League levels and young lads like Joe, Max Hollobone, Nathan Guy and Josh Brunt are good examples of that.”
TOWN: Thorp 7, Denton 7, Storrie 6, Elliott 6 (Watts 68’), Fogden(c) 7, May 6, Davidson 6 (Kessack 79’), Kirkwood 6, Curd 8, Geard 7 (Crabb 60’), Brooks 7 Unused Subs: Summerbell, Simmonds
MoM: Danny Curd (Pictured) - getting better and better