Lewis Taylor scored an overhead kick. No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Those words are correct. Want to know how on earth he even got his leg that high? We’ll do our best to sum it up, along with the 2 other goals on a brilliant afternoon in Paradise.
Hythe must be sick of the sight of us quite frankly. 5-1 in December. 7-2 in Mid Sussex a few years back. They arrived at the More Than Tyres Stadium with hunger and desire, desperate to get revenge on the pre Christmas trouncing we dished out. It was them who had the first meaningful chance. It was all a bit to simple for the electric Jordan Sarfo to get in behind our defence down the right, he managed to get as far as Will Huffer guarding the goal but from a tight angle, Sarfo could only poke into the side netting. Encouraged by their bright start, Tyler Sterling almost put them a goal ahead. Their was little danger when he picked up the ball out on the wide left some 35/40 yards out, he marauded inside before unleashing, which looked to be a speculative attempt but the ball zipped left and right and Huffer was at full stretch but thankfully the ball didn’t nestle in his net. Hillians, not playing badly under the Mid Sussex sun but unable to fashion clear cut chances. Hayden Skerry did have half a chance to open the scoring when a short corner was worked to him 18 yards out but red shirted defenders very quickly blocked his goalbound shot. Just 2 minutes later, those pesky defenders could do nothing to stop Lewis Taylor grabbing his 7th of the season. Really good wing play from Martyn Box saw him stand a good cross to the far post, Lewis Finney misjudged it but namesake Taylor was on the scene to hook his effort between Newcombes legs and into the back of the net to set the Hill on their way. That goal really brung the Hill to life, Lewis Finney found some space down the left, his cutback was again met by Skerry but Hythe skipper Scott Doe did superbly to fling himself and block the shot, not for the first time. Poor Hayden Skerry probably thought this wasn’t to be his day. A corner was whipped in by Martyn Box, it was headed away only as far as Skerry who met it on the volley but saw it whistle over the crossbar. One final chance occurred before the referees tea break, you will not be stunned to read that we again got in down the left, had a shot and Hythe blocked it. The unlucky man was Lewis Finney this time. Hythe really putting bodies on the line, excellent defending from our visitors.
The first 25 second half minutes were very forgettable to say the least and it took until the 72nd minute for anything of note to happen. Hythe we’re pressing hard to grab an equaliser that their defending deserved. Substitute Riley Alford almost got that goal, he was played in behind the Hill backline and got to the ball ahead of Will Huffer but his poked effort rolled towards the goal but thankfully for the Greens it carried on rolling past the post as an audible sigh of relief went up around the ground. Would that spark the Hill back into life? Not yet, anyway. Hythe carried on the momentum and came within a whisker of levelling. A cross from the right was only half cleared to Luca Woodhouse and the Hythe attacker saw his dipping half volley skim Will Huffers crossbar in the latest Hillians let off. Would that spark the Hillians into life? Yes. Yes it would. Standby for description on goal of the century. Lewis Taylor picked up the ball in midfield and spread it out wide to Tom Chalaye. He cut inside and had a dig, unsurprisingly, Scott Doe blocked it, the ball span up into the air and what follows next is simply remarkable. Lewis Taylor watches it all the way onto his boot, and overhead kicks it from the left hand side of the area, 15 yards out, up and over Newcombe who can only watch it soar into the top corner and send the More Than Tyres, More Than Happy! One of the greatest goals that Leylands Park has ever witnessed. A truly special moment from our talismanic captain. You would be forgiven for thinking that was that and the game was over but Hythe had other ideas. A free kick was worked short to Riley Alford who scuffed it through a crowd of players and Huffer could only watch as once again it rolled the right side of the post for the Hill and the wrong side for the visitors. The game was very nearly put to bed in the 83rd minute. A cross was nodded down by Lewis Finney, Conrad Honore layed it into the path of Hayden Skerry who caught it true but it span off the outside of his boot and millimetres past the post. Another so nearly moment for the impressive Hayden. Would he get a goal his play deserved? I think you know what happens next. Pat Harding whipped a cross into the mixer, Scott Doe’s big head this time only found Skerry, he jinked past his man leaving him tasting turf and drilled it hard and low with the aid of a small deflection to put the icing on the very delicious cake.
A truly fantastic day all round but for reasons quite obvious, this day will belong to Lewis Taylor and his fabulous hair. His right peg ain’t shabby either mind you.
Yesterdays match sponsors, Sport Yogi, awarded the Man Of The Match to Lewis Taylor.
Next up, we make the short journey coastal to tackle Lancing FC next weekend!