Bournemouth Senior Cup Round Two

Hythe & Dibden 3

(Sam Woodward x2, Beng’yela Ngwa)

Poole Town Reserves 3*

(Sam Herrington, Tyrell Sampson, Olly Lowes)

*Hythe & Dibden win 4-3 on penalties (no extra time)

Attendance: 25-40 (rough guess)

Clayfields Sports Ground

Having spent the best part of three weeks stateside enjoying overwhelming food portions and underwhelming soccer, I was pleased to be back on home turf, back to trying to lose some weight and keen to keep adding to my season’s game tally.

Last night I was treated to a cracker as National League South side Slough Town needed extra time to defeat Wessex Premier Sholing.

After a late night last night, tonight could have been a chilled one, and it was to some extent, but I didn’t need to be heading to game. But there I was, back in the car heading out to the New Forest for Hythe & Dibden’s clash with Poole Town Reserves.

I love the New Forest and I am super lucky to have it on my doorstep. Football in the forest isn’t half bad either and I have been tempted to even set up a separate New Forest football blog, it is a hot bed for Non-League teams and tonight was my seventh venture to the area this season.

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This is my fourth visit to Clayfields with my first coming back in the 2015/16 season when they smashed Fleet Spurs 5-1. I returned again the following season when they drew 1-1 with Pewsey Vale. Some groundhoppers may consider my third visit as a new ground when Hythe hosted Colden Common in July this year on the practice pitch whilst the main stadium was undergoing a revamp. However, for me, it is all one ground and that leads me to my fourth visit tonight. All in all, my record watching Hythe sits at one win, three draws and two defeats. I count tonight as a draw despite winning on penalties.

As for Poole Town, this was the first time watching their reserves and I have seen their first team on three occasions at home, beating both Redditch United and St Neots Town at home in the 2015/16 season and then beating Bemerton Heath Harlequins in a friendly the following season. This is also my first ever Bournemouth Senior Cup game!

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The Ground

As stated above, this is my fourth visit to Clayfields. My main notes on the game can be seen here from my second visit back in April 2017.

I will mention the small upgrades that the ground has had over the summer though. The turnstile has moved closer to the pitch and is looking smart. There is also a burger van that is inside the ground. I have purchased 50p sausage rolls in the past from the clubhouse and I am not sure if they are still available.

The rest of the ground is pretty much the same, a little seated stand on one side and covered standing on the other.

The Game

Wessex Division One leaders Hythe & Dibden kept their cup hopes alive beating a youthful Poole Town reserves 4-3 on penalties after a high-scoring 3-3 draw after 90 minutes.

With no extra time, the game finished all square in the six-goal thriller with both sides enjoying spells in the lead. But an inspired change in injury time as Hythe replaced ‘keeper Jamie Bruce with first choice number one Ellis Grant won the game for the hosts with Grant making two big saves in the shootout to put the hosts into the next round.

Hythe were on top from the off and Sam Woodward connected well with strike partner Beng’yela Ngwa but the former could only drag his shot wide of the mark.

The pair combined again for another chance on goal with Woodward racing on to Ngwa’s flick on before squaring the ball to Filippos Terzidis who hopelessly fired the ball over the bar from close range.

Poole did have an early chance when Hythe gave the ball away too easily and it was picked up by a Poole attacker who forced a good low save from Bruce.

But it was the hosts that took the lead through Woodward for his seventh goal of the season. From a Poole Town corner, the hosts hit the youngsters on the break as Ngwa threaded a good ball into the path of Woodward who got into the box, kept his composure and slotted in the ball for 1-0.

The lead lasted barely a minute as Poole pressured Hythe from the kick off and they were awarded a penalty when Olly Lowes was tripped inside the area. Captain Sam Herrington stepped up and sent the ‘keeper the wrong way to level the score.

Poole’s equaliser settled the visitors somewhat as they began to grow in stature, Magic Sibanda seeing his shot loop up off Hythe’s Ben Slade and nearly over Bruce.

The Dolphins found themselves ahead on 29 minutes when the ball was played out to Chris Reynolds who fired in an easy low cross to Tyrell Sampson who converted the simple tap in.

Hythe were able to pull themselves level just before the half time whistle as Woodward bagged his second of the night with a simple tap in from a cross from the left wing.

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With the scores all level at the break, Poole came out for the second half and Jason Dyer nearly caught out Bruce in the Hythe goal with a cross/shot that had to be parried away.

And in a game where both sides had enjoyed spells in the lead, it was Poole again who would take the lead for a second time in the game on the hour mark. The ball was worked over to Lowes on the left who cut inside onto his stronger right foot and curled a perfectly-placed low drive into the bottom corner, past the outstretched fingertips of Bruce.

But again, the lead wasn’t to last long as four minutes later Hythe got themselves back in it again when Ngwa managed to get himself on the score sheet with the goal of the game and a goal of the season contender. The number nine did well to work a little bit of space on the edge of the box before curling a wonderful strike into the top corner, giving Poole ‘keeper Ben Rolleston no chance at keeping it out.

The game became scrappy and was an end-to-end affair. Herrington wasted a good chance for the visitors before the woodwork denied Woodward a hat trick. The tricky striker had done well on the touchline to keep the ball in play before curling a shot at goal from an impossible angle that had the beating of Rolleston, but it somehow clipped the far post and out.

Sampson could have won it late on for Town when Bruce was caught napping allowing the striker to nip in, but Rhys Crooks was on hand to sweep up and force the penalty shootout.

In the shootout Herrington converted his second spot kick of the night to give Poole the lead but Wayne O’Dell’s shot from the spot was successful to level the score. Dyer then calmly placed his penalty into the back of the net before Rolleston did well to make a fine save to deny Hythe’s number #21 to keep Poole ahead. Jack Williamson was up next for the Dolphins, but Grant was able to show real quality to get in the corner to keep Hythe in the game. Woodward stepped up to pull the score level again, but Reynolds kept his head to maintain Poole’s slender lead. Liam Golding converted his shot from 12 yards to make it 3-3 before Grant pulled off another fine save to deny Lowes. Ngwa kept a cool head to put his shot past Rolleston to send Hythe into the next round.

2018/19 Games: 26

2018/19 Grounds: 23

Total Grounds Visited: 231 (61)

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