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|Ian Muir reports from Reachfields Stadium
Beckenham suffer from travel sickness
away-day trips to the Kent Coast have not provided a win all season. This
Saturday’s visit to Hythe Town ended in a 3-1 defeat for Beckenham. It came in
the same week that star striker Danny Beszant broke his leg.
Beckenham Town got off to the worst possible start when they went behind to a soft goal after 6 minutes but managed to pull level through Lewis Wood after some good work by Darren Hall.
The game never really got going with both sides never reaching their true potential. Beckenham’s trade-mark one-touch football was lost on the motorway traveling to the game.
After the break the home side gradually grew stronger and went close from a free-kick after a header was blocked. Beckenham continued to threaten and the game ebbed and flowed from end to end.
Going into the last quarter of an hour it looked as if the visitors had taken the initiative and were at looking as if they were going to win the game when in the 80th minute Hythe took the lead when a probing cross was blocked by keeper Gary Hopper only for it to fall at the feet of an advancing forward who poked the ball into the net.
With the clock ticking Beckenham Town threw everyone forward in search of a point but matters turned worse with two minutes to go when Hopper- trying to gain some advantage took a throw in to Matthew Belton who attempted to launch the ball into the opponents penalty area only for his kick to be charged down by an alert Hythe player who kicked the ball some 30 yards into an empty net.
Beckenham's assistant manager Jason Taylor added ”We play well as a unit which unfortunately means we play bad as a unit. We have only one more League game left before our Kent Senior Trophy final so it could be that some players have their mind set on that, all I know is we did not perform today.
"The lads will bounce back I know that for sure. The club is still reeling with the news that Danny Beszant broke his leg and we all wish him a speedy recovery he is such an asset to the side.”
Beckenham Town are away to table toppers Ramsgate - six points clear at the top - next Saturday.
Beckenham Town: Hopper, Paul, West, Belton, Forbes, Edwards, Smith, Heaselwood, Hall, Vines, Wood. Subs: Cooney, Watts, Sinclair.