We've got to be on our toes or Lordswood will bite us on the backside, says Hythe boss Tim Dixon

Thursday 28th August 2014
HYTHE TOWN manager Tim Dixon says he’s continuing his search for a new striker to turn around his side’s fortunes.

The Cannons have started their new campaign in bad form, picking up one win and one draw from their first six games and are second-from-bottom in the Ryman League Division One South table.

Dixon takes his side to Southern Counties East Football League side Lordswood in The FA Cup Preliminary Round on Saturday and Jason Lillis’ side will fancy their chances against the Cannons to cause an upset at the weekend.

Lordswood lie in midtable (tenth-place) in the table with two wins and a draw from their opening five games.

Reflecting on his start to his career at Reachfields Stadium, Dixon said: “Not what we wanted to be honest with you, but we’ve had a couple of positive performances.

“We should have more points than what we’ve got on the board and we all know that.

“We just have to push on. We just need to be a bit more positive.”

Dixon has been successful in signing former Hythe Town midfielder Michael Yianni, 30, from their league rivals Folkestone Invicta.

“He’s a good player,” said Dixon.

“I think Cugs (Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley) reiterated the fact he’s a good lad.

“He’s good to have around the place and more importantly it’s what he does around a football pitch.

“He’s always been very good. He’s very experienced and he gives you that little bit of spark.

“He’s got some experience and is a seasoned Ryman League player so that’s one good addition.

“We’re still on the look-out (for new players). As it’s well documented, I’m still looking to add a striker.”

Dixon wants to avoid a FA Cup upset on Saturday.

He said: “Tough game.  It doesn’t matter what sort of league you come up in The FA Cup against teams. It’s a one-off game and they’ll be looking forward to it.

“It’s a chance for teams to progress and to make a bit of money at the same time so it will be a very difficult game and we’ll be approaching it like we do any other.

“You’ve got to be on your toes. Although it takes you away from league action, it’s still a very important game for most clubs.

“It’s a chance to get some confidence going and a win under your belt – but if you don’t approach it in the right manner it will bite you on the backside.”

The winners of the 160 Preliminary Round ties will each scoop £1,925 in prize money this weekend.

“It’s very important,” said Dixon.

“There’s no point getting byes as you don’t get the prize money. You want to play these games to earn the money. It’s massive for clubs at all levels.”

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Lordswood  v  Hythe Town
The FA Cup Preliminary Round
Saturday 30th August 2014
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Martyn Grove, North Dane Way, Walderslade, Kent ME5 8YE