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Hythe Town manager Steve Watt said he always felt confident his side would go on a good run

By Ollie Collins

Hythe Town manager Steve Watt believes his team are finally falling on the right side of results.

Watt admitted that his side’s performance when defeating Sittingbourne 1-0 at Reachfields on Saturday was not perfect but that they improved as the game progressed.

He said: “I knew it was going to be a tough game because they’ve been in good form but that was no excuse for our poor first half.

Action from Hythe's game against SittingbournePicture: Paul Amos
Action from Hythe's game against SittingbournePicture: Paul Amos

“We were forced into a change at half-time as Charlie (Webster) came off with a slight groin strain but our second half was much better.

“We used our experience to make sure we didn’t concede after going ahead and it was a well fought win.”

More than half of Hythe’s 28 points this season have come in their last six games, with five wins picked up, and Watt said he knew his side were capable of turning their fortunes around.

“When we took over Hythe were second bottom and we pretty much have a completely new side since then,” he said.

“It’s been a lot to juggle with injuries to key players like Charlie (Webster) and Frannie (Collin) but I always felt confident that we could go on a good run.

“Our style has changed in recent weeks and we’ve adapted our tactics but things are certainly a lot easier when you have a full squad to pick from.”

Frannie Collin’s 55th-minute penalty was enough to give the Cannons victory but goalscoring has been a problem for Watt’s side and, with Sam Blackman returning to Dartford after a one-month loan spell, he is looking to add to the squad.

Watt said: “I want to bring an added freshness to the team, I don’t like standing still.

“I want to be constantly improving and it will keep everyone on their toes.

“I’m about building squads so we will look to bring in some new faces in the next few weeks.”

Hythe, just five points outside the play-off places despite lying 13th in the table, are at Haywards Heath on Saturday.

Watt said: “Our away form has been a cause for concern but if we start picking up points on the road then we can start talking about the play-offs.”

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