James Rogers says Hythe will fight his way to the survival of Isthmian South East if necessary.

The Cannons are playing good football under Rogers but are still looking over their shoulder.

Hythe lost 2-1 at home to Ashford on Saturday Photo: Randolph File

They are just three points clear of third-placed Sevenoaks after losing 2-1 at home to Ashford and need a few wins to avoid relegation worries.

Hythe was complimented by Nuts & Bolts boss Tommy Warrilow after the game and, while appreciated, Rogers knows it’s the points that count.

Frannie Collin, on his return to Reachfields, and Luke Burdon gave Ashford a 2-0 lead, with Riley Alford responding before Hythe missed a big chance in the dying seconds.

“Ashford are a dangerous team going forward, they are few but we also created a lot of chances,” said Rogers, whose team host Haywards Heath this Saturday.

“We missed one just to the death and if we had gotten a draw I don’t think anyone would have argued.

“Tommy (Warrilow) was complimentary, saying we’re too good to go down.

“It’s good to play well and create chances, but you have to take them, and again defensively we made two mistakes for goals.

“We are coming into good areas and playing good football, so there are positives to be taken, but we have to win.

Action from Hythe's loss in the derby to Ashford Photo: Randolph File
Action from Hythe’s loss in the derby to Ashford Photo: Randolph File

“I’m more interested in points and I would take a disjointed, horrible performance and points on the board at this stage of the season.

“I can’t go down too much, because we’ve had a tough run of games, but it’s the end of the season and we have to pick up points.

“If that means scrapping, that’s what we’ll do.

“It’s good margins. These boys who are in the lead, they take their chances and defend well.

“For us, it’s in both boxes. Between the two, we’re a decent, tidy team, and we’re pretty exciting for the fans, but we need to hone in on both boxes and I’m sure we will.

Assistant coach Tom Wynter was brought on the bench, but only to make up the numbers.

“Wynts won’t be playing again this season,” Rogers said. “It’s his knee, I don’t know what he did but he needs a scan.”