Hythe Town manager Steve Watt looking for the right balance following 4-4 draw at Littlehampton | Boss back from touchline ban for Isthmian South East game at Three Bridges
Hythe manager Steve Watt is looking for the right balance after a crazy game at Littlehampton.
The Cannons drew 4-4 on Saturday after losing the lead three times, with the hosts snatching a point in the last minute.
Watt’s side still boast the fourth-best defensive record in Isthmian South East, with 29 goals conceded in 20 games.
But that’s only five fewer than they conceded in the whole of last season en route to play-offs, with Hythe sacrificing defensive solidity to be more open in attack.
With 37 goals scored, they’re well on track to beat their 22/23 tally of 51, but getting the balance is key for Watt.
The Cannons are back in action at Three Bridges tonight.
“It was a mental game on Saturday,” said Watt. “It should have been about 9-6.
“We missed two one-on-ones, we missed from three yards out and hit the underside of the bar with a free shot from the penalty spot to make it 5-3.
“They should have had a penalty and they also hit the bar.
“It was one of those games where you just have to embrace it and go toe-to-toe and see if you can score more than them. In the end, we didn’t.
“It’s disappointing when you’ve led three times and not been able to hold on and that seems to be a theme at the moment.
“That’s the thing, because we’re a completely different team from last year.
“Most games last year we had six players on the pitch who could play cente-half.
“This year it’s not the case at all - we’ve basically got three.
“We’re definitely not as solid and part of that is through desire and choice because I felt we needed to score more goals if we’re going to be able to compete.
“We’ve done that but, on the flipside, were conceding too many so we’ve got to find a bit of balance. It’s my job to do that.
“It was always