Cup win delights Porter
HYTHE TOWN pulled off the greatest cup upset in the club's history to turn over Dartford on their own patch and claim the Kent Senior Cup.
Town rewrote the history books and lifted the cup for the first time after Dave Cook's winner sealed a 1-0 victory.
Emotional Scott Porter, the most successful Hythe Town manager of all time, had a tear in his eye at the final whistle – and who can blame him.
The cup glory tops that of winning the Kent League last year and shows what is possible for the club to achieve.
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After the game a delighted Porter beamed: "It's about Hythe Town Football Club. Look at the supporters. They travelled all the way up the motorway and it's fantastic to give them something to cheer about it really is.
"Credit must go to the football club and credit must go to the fans. They have come in their numbers and I'm so glad we've got the trophy because they deserve it.
"Winning the league last year was a dramatic thing and it was a long slog. But coming to places like this and turning these teams over has got to be one of the best things I've ever done in my footballing career.
"It's a special competition with Charlton, Gillingham, Dover, Ebbsfleet and Dartford in it. Look at the team Dartford put out – they've showed us a lot of respect and so did Dover.
"We've won it the hard way and we've beaten the top sides with the top budgets, the top players and the top grounds and we've done it. No one can take it away from us.
"They said the Kent Senior Cup had died but it hasn't died this year because of the teams that are in it and the squads they are putting out.
"It's quite emotional. There's been a lot of hard work, passion and togetherness that we've generated at the club over the last three years since I've been manager and it's not a shock.
"We rode our luck, but we were always going to ride our luck. They're a Conference South team, who are going for the Conference Premier, but we've had our chances.
"We've hit the bar and we've had a chance in the second half. I can't take anything away from the boys.
"Football's football and you either take your chances or you don't. You win games or you don't win games and we've won the cup and it's fantastic.
"I told my players to keep believing in it and we just keep believing we can beat these sides. It's just the way we are."
Porter praised a true team effort after pulling off the impossible, but he couldn't underplay the role goalkeeper Dean Ruddy had in it.
He kept out a penalty and pulled off some stunning stops, including a 94th minute save.
Porter said: "Deano has been absolutely outstanding. He's pulled off some great saves and he's had a great night but I don't want to single anyone out.
"The squad have done it together. We've got here together and we've won it together and hopefully we can win many more things – that's what we're trying to do at the football club."