The Mead 2-1 Hythe Town
Late drama as Vinesy claims winner on "opening" night at Princes Park
The Mead left it late to claim the points on “opening” day at Princes Park with Paul Vines coming off the bench to net the 90th minute winner as the boys maintained their unbeaten start to the season and dug out a hard earned victory against a Hythe Town side that many expect to feature come the end of April.
The Mead led at half time through Laurent Mendy’s header, only for the visitors to level up just after the break through substitute Pogue. Cometh the hour though cometh the returning top scorer as super-sub Vinesy was on hand to poke home from Scott Kinch’s terrific knock down. For Vinesy it was his first goal since March after the injury that forced him to miss the end of last season.
Laurent could have opened the scoring on the quarter hour but was just wide from the edge of the box before Lewis Carey brilliantly denied Adams with a stunning save after the Hythe striker had combined with Campbell.
The Mead went in front on the half hour went Laurent steered his head from Jake McIntyre corner through the crowd and into the net. The lead was preserved magnificently by Lewis with a second stunning save – this time to deny Campbell’s volley from close range.
Hythe though levelled the scores six minutes into the second period when substitute Pogue, on for Grant as a half time substitute drove his shot into the net after the Mead were undone by Adams’ fine ball.
Adams then went close for Hythe before Tom O’Connor went even closer at the other end as he curled a shot from distance around the keeper only clearing the angle of post and bar by a fraction. Cook then missed another great chance for Hythe as he headed a free kick over the bar when well-placed whilst at the other end, Kinchy and Laurent combined for Alex Teniola to find space only to bring the best out of visiting keeper Godman who pulled off a fine save to deny the Mead substitute, before another Mead replacement won the game in the first minute of stoppage time.
Tonight’s victory puts the Mead in 7th place in the early season table – next stop is the first step this year on the “March to the Arch” as we head for the Sussex coast to play East Preston.
THE MEAD: Carey, Brand, McIntyre, Kinch, Smith, Denny, Glover (Flack 72), O’Connor, Luchford (Teniola 65), Kwayie (Vines 74), Mendy.
Subs: Butler, Ovenden