Ten-man Hornets humbled by Hythe

JPCT 190115 S15030888x  Football. Ryman League South Division - Horsham v Herne Bay-photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150119-111937001
JPCT 190115 S15030888x Football. Ryman League South Division - Horsham v Herne Bay-photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150119-111937001

Horsham’s survival hopes suffered another blow as they continued their woeful form in Kent with a 4-0 defeat to Hythe Town on Saturday.

The Hornets are without a win in eight games and remain rooted to the foot of the Ryman League South Division table, seven points from safety.

A red card for captain Lewis Hamilton in the second half when they were trailing 1-0, killed off any chance of the visitors taking anything from the game as they then shipped three late goals.

The controversial sending off saw the full-back receive a straight red when he appeared to win the ball fairly as the last man.

Horsham almost had a first-minute lead as Shaun Welford lost the ball and Trevor McCreadie’s first-time shot forced a good save from Roddy Hayward.

Hythe hit the bar on 11 minutes when Craig Thompson flicked the ball to Welford, who fired a shot past Gareth Williams and off the bottom of the bar.

However, from the resulting corner, Thompson was not picked up by a static Horsham defence and headed home.

Bradley Jordan almost added a second just past the half-hour mark with the bar again denying the hosts from extending their lead, while at the other end, McCreadie headed straight at Hayward.

Just after the hour mark, referee Daniel Bonneywell dismissed Hamilton for his challenge on the far side of the pitch despite what appeared to be a fair tackle.

Hythe’s second goal on 71 minutes was a carbon copy of their first as another corner saw Welford rise unmarked to head the ball beyond Williams.

Williams made a couple of smart stops to keep the score down while the hosts also had an effort ruled out for offside.

The did add a third on 84 minutes as a blocked shot fell to Welford, and, after his effort was parried by Williams straight into the path of Bewick, the Town man tapped home.

Just to rub salt into the Horsham wounds, Hythe added a fourth through Jordan Wells in injury time.

Horsham: Williams, Obersteller, Gilbert, Hughes, Hamilton, Nwachukwu, Welch, Camara, Vickers (Branford 68), Felipe Lira de Andrade (Berry 45), McCreadie (Izokun 73). Unused subs: Hope, Storey.