Hythe Town ready to host Crawley Down Gatwick in Ryman League Division 1 South despite storm damage at Reachfields Stadium
The damaged section of terracing at Reachfields (Pic: Gary Browne)
Hythe Town are open for business again after storm damage forced them to postpone Saturday’s home game against Walton & Hersham.
It should have been the first of three matches at Reachfields this week but strong winds blew out several terrace panels on the south side of the ground.
Hythe couldn’t make the stadium safe in time for the weekend but staff have now removed the damaged panels and shut off the affected area.
Tuesday's home game against Corinthian Casuals was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
But with Scott Porter’s side due to host freefalling Crawley Down on Saturday, there seems no better time for Hythe to return to home comforts.
The Anvils have conceded an incredible 19 goals in their last two games, thrashed 11-0 by Guernsey and 8-0 by Folkestone. Heading to Reachfields on the back of eight straight away defeats, they couldn’t be at a much lower ebb.
Porter admitted: "They’re there for the taking.
"You don’t know what you’re going to get with Crawley Down but they’ve lost by that score against Guernsey and a similar score against Folkestone.
"We’ve got to get maximum points after what we did against Whitstable (a 1-0 win at the Belmont on December 28).
"I don’t want it to be one step forward and two steps back.
"The boys have had a long enough lay-off to get rid of any niggling injuries, so there will be no excuses."