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Margate FC striker Sid Sollis impressing on loan at Hythe Town

By Steve Tervet

Hythe Town will be at the front of the queue to sign Sid Sollis if the striker leaves Margate this summer.

Sollis continued his loan spell with two goals for the Cannons in a 3-1 derby win over Ashford on Saturday.

He's a player manager Sam Denly rates highly so there's every chance of a permanent switch if Gate decide to let the 19-year-old go.

Hythe's on-loan striker Sid Sollis goes for goal Picture: Paul Amos
Hythe's on-loan striker Sid Sollis goes for goal Picture: Paul Amos

Denly said: "I won't say too much because he's a Margate player. We've got him on loan and I don't know what Margate's plans are.

"We've just confirmed a friendly with them for pre-season so we've got good links with Margate.

"Jay Saunders is doing a fantastic job and I don't know what their plans are with Sid but hopefully we can get something done.

"If they want to keep hold of him, that's good for Sid; if they don't, it goes without saying I'd be interested in getting him in long-term. I think he'd say the same.

"He's enjoying his football, scoring goals and the club love him as well. He was a fans' favourite before he came so if there's a deal to be done, we'll be working hard to get it sorted.

Sollis' celebration after his second goal against Ashford on Saturday spoke volumes. The striker sprinted straight to the touchline and leapt into Denly's arms before being submerged by his team-mates.

Denly said: "It's been a frustrating season and I've felt that more than anyone. As the manager, it hurts me the most because we have under-achieved but we're all still pulling in the same direction.

"We know, as a group, we haven't achieved what we set out to do but at the same time, I'm speaking with players about next year and everyone seems to be focused and wanting to improve and put it right next season.

"There's a lot of good lads in the dressing-room and it was good to celebrate as a team.

"Sid's been good for us since he came in. They were two really good finishes, a very calm head on young shoulders, and he had a very good game.

"I was pleased for Sid because he worked hard and got two great goals. He deserved them."

Hythe, nine points outside the Bostik South East play-offs with just three games left, go to third-placed Hastings on Saturday.

Denly said: "We play our best football against the top teams and results will probably prove that.

"We've struggled against teams at the wrong end of the table so we'll go there, prepare the same and we won't be getting carried away.

"We had a very good result on Saturday but it's just one good performance in what's been, predominantly, a disappointing season."

Salvyn Kisitu picked up a knock against Ashford but should be fit to play while Chris Kinnear (calf) could return to the squad.

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