Hythe Town set to loan Folkestone striker Tyler Sterling until the end of the season

Hythe’s survival push has been given a boost with Tyler Sterling set to stay at Reachfields for the rest of the season.

Sterling scored twice in the Cannons’ 3-3 draw at Three Bridges on Saturday, including a spectacular strike near the halfway line.

Tyler Sterling in action for Hythe against Herne Bay this season Photo: Randolph File

The on-loan Folkestone striker is putting the work rate to go with his talent and that can only help Hythe as they try to stay out of trouble in the Isthmian South East.

He plays regularly and Invicta boss Neil Cugley is happy to let him stay.

“Cugs have Luke Wanadio and a few others, so unless they get hurt, the plan is to let Tyler stay with us,” Hythe player-boss James Rogers said.

“He can be a frustrating player, but in his time there aren’t many who can match his quality.

“If he learns the other side of the game, keeps his head up and listens to people like Cugs, I’m sure he will carry on with the ability he has.

“He scored near the halfway line on Saturday, he saw the keeper come off his line and dived him.

“He didn’t crush it, he knew exactly what he was doing and where he wanted the ball to go.

“You don’t see many players at this level who can do that.

“His work rate now matches his quality in some games as well, which is really nice to see.”

Hythe trailed the bottom three by four points with back-to-back draws, having experienced last-minute drama on both sides.

Last Tuesday they were celebrating as Riley Alford pulled off a 2-2 draw against Whitehawk.

Tyler Sterling is on loan at Hythe from Folkestone neighbors Photo: Randolph File
Tyler Sterling is on loan at Hythe from Folkestone neighbors Photo: Randolph File

The tables were turned at Three Bridges where the Cannons – leading 3-2 after George Crimmen’s 84th-minute goal – conceded in the death.

Rogers said: “We were delighted to get the last minute equalizer against Whitehawk which was the least we deserved.

“It was against us on Saturday but, in the balance of the game, a draw was a fair result and I would have taken a point before the game, so I wasn’t too disappointed with the dressing room.

“If we had lost I would have been furious, but we are four points from the third relegation point, so that gave us some breathing room.

“We have big games coming up now and we need some wins.

“I think four wins would keep us going. We would be unlucky to go down with 39/40 points.

Hythe are looking to build on their pair of draws when they host Chichester on Saturday.

Their opponents still have an outside chance to qualify for the play-offs, but Rogers, who signed left-back Nico Cotton from Ramsgate, said: “We go there with nothing to fear.

“We have good players at our club and we’ve done all season, we’ve just been unlucky with injuries and things going against us.

“I’m confident we can get a result and it would be huge if we could, with Burgess Hill and Ashford coming up.”

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