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Hythe Town manager Clive Cook says patience the key to beating bogey side

Clive Cook will be taking nothing for granted when Hythe face Ryman League, Division 1 South strugglers Three Bridges at Reachfields on Saturday.

The Cannons boss says the West Sussex side have always been his 'bogey team', stretching back to his days as No.2 to former boss Scott Porter.

He said: “They are always a difficult, horrible team to play because they are good at what they do.

Hythe manager Clive Cook
Hythe manager Clive Cook

“We beat them 4-1 there earlier in the season but that was a rare success for me. They are a side we should beat but we have got to be patient.

“There are no easy games in this league. You have to be on it all the time and make sure you don’t suffer a blip.”

Cook was left frustrated by Saturday’s trip to Molesey being called off and the fact Hythe are also without a midweek game.

With that in mind, he agreed to play a behind-closed-doors friendly against Maidstone on Tuesday night.

Cook spent Saturday afternoon monitoring the fortunes of all Hythe’s rivals with Tooting, Dorking Wanderers and Carshalton Athletic all winning, while Lewes moved inside the play-off bracket again after a 3-1 win at Cray Wanderers.

Greenwich Borough, who Hythe visit next Tuesday, dropped out of the top-five after their game at Three Bridges was postponed.

Cook believes eight or nine clubs are still involved in the shake-up.

He said: “Folkestone romped away and walked it last season but that’s not happening this season. (Leaders) Tooting are not the best side we have played, Dorking can always nick a result, I still wouldn’t write off Faversham and Hastings are a danger as well.”

Ryan Johnson sits out Saturday’s game as the Molesey postponement delayed completing his three-match ban.

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