Published: 05:00, 13 January 2022
Hythe Town have been boosted by the return of three key players as they look to push up the Isthmian South East table.
Defenders George Crimmen and Tom Wynter have recovered from injuries, and there’s an early comeback for striker Tom Walmsley who it was feared would be out for the season.
Crimmen was due to start against Whitehawk last Saturday only for a downpour an hour before kick-off to leave puddles all over the Reachfields pitch.
Assistant boss Wynter and Walmsley, who suffered a knee injury in Rogers’ first game in charge, had been named on the bench before the game was postponed.
“I’m quite happy with what we’ve got now,” said Rogers. “Moving forward, we’re looking something like we want to look.
“Crimmo was going to start, Wynts was going to be on the bench and Tom Walmsley’s back as well.
“I thought he’d be out for the season but he’s been cleared by a specialist.
“It seems he dislocated his knee and it popped back in straight away, which is why he’s had discomfort.
“He’s joined in training a couple of times but we want to ease him back in slowly and build him up.
“He did really well in my first game but had to come off after half an hour.
“He’ll be an asset, he works hard and makes runs in behind.
“He’s different to what we’ve got, a bit bigger and quicker.
“Wynts is another one we don’t want to rush back. We don’t want to chuck him straight in on heavy pitches and end up doing more damage.
“You know what he’s like, he just says ‘I’m ready to play’. He’s the assistant manager, so he’s got a say in things but we need to be careful with him.”
Midfielder Alex Brown remains sidelined with a knee injury and is due to see a specialist on Friday.
Other than that, Hythe have a clean bill of health as they prepare to face Cray Valley at home this Saturday.
“Browny’s the only one missing now and we’ll know more him after he’s seen the specialist,” said Rogers.
“He’s got a slight issue with his knee in that when he walks it clicks on the outside.
"It could be meniscus damage, which is a simple operation, but one he’d need to get done.”
Meanwhile, young midfielder Morgan Williamson has joined Maidstone under-23s on dual-registration.
He was on the bench for Hythe’s 5-1 League Cup win against South Park on Tuesday night but will be back with Maidstone’s youngsters this weekend.
The under-23s are managed by Rogers’ former Stones team-mate, Michael Phillips.
“He’ll do well for Mick, he’s a good player,” said Rogers.
“When the time’s right we might look at putting him out to a SCEFL side to get some more experience.”
Jacob Gilbert, Jack Nelson (2), Luca Woodhouse and Riley Alford scored in the win over South Park.