This chilly October mid week evening, brought me to Gay Dawn Farm, for the second time this season. Tonight’s game was a Kent Senior Cup tie, between Corinthian FC and Hythe Town.
Both teams ply their trade in the Isthmian League (South East Division). Hythe Town, managed by Steve Watt, sit currently in 12th place, with eight points from five games.
Corinthian FC, managed by Michael Golding, performed so well in their inaugural season in the Isthmian League South East Division, finishing eighth. This season has been tough, with Corinthian languishing in twentieth place after seven games, with just one point. However as the preseason showed, when Corinthian held the National League South’s runaway leaders, Ebbsfleet United, to a 1-1 draw, at Gay Dawn Farm, this team has plenty of talent and a great leader and will surely come good.
Oscar Housego has top scored for Corinthian thus far this season, with three goals. For Hythe Town, Johan Coney-Brown leads the scoring chart, with five goals.
The game started with both teams creating chances. Ngandu looked lively for Hythe Town and Corinthian posed a threat through Festos Kamara on the left hand side.
In the 29th minute, Corinthian were awarded a penalty after a foul in the Hythe Town penalty area. Oscar Housego stepped up confidently, to fire the ball home and put the home team 1-0 ahead.
Corinthian had chances before half time, to put the game out of Hythe’s reach, but Oliver Box and Oscar Housego were unable to capitalise. At the break the score remained 1-0.
Hythe played with more conviction in the second half, but Corinthian looked the stronger side going forward. In the 64th minute, Oscar Housego finished with a neat side footed shot, to secure his second goal, making the score 2-0 to Corinthian.
The last 20 minutes saw both sides test each other, without creating any clear cut chances. At the final whistle it was Michael Golding’s Corinthian side who deservedly progressed to the next round and left Gay Dawn Farm with some much needed self belief.