Sevenoaks Town emerged with another important Bostik League South East point after this goalless draw at Reachfields on Saturday.
They were forced to play the final half hour with only 10 men after new signing Dan Parkinson was sent off, before earning their fourth clean sheet and the second against one of the pre-season title favourites.
It was only the third draw, and the first stalemate in 26 meetings between the sides.
Oaks followed up their 2-0 win in September with another resilient defensive performance led by skipper Tom Ripley who helped keep 20-goal top scorer Zak Ansah quiet again.
Goalkeeper Ben Bridle-Card’s early double block to deny Junior Aikhionbare and Ryan Palmer also proved crucial to the eventual outcome.
He tipped one effort from Ansah over the bar, but Oaks created chances of their own as well.
Kenny Pogue saw his looping effort held by home keeper George Kamurasi, and Ryan Fowler fired over the bar.
Hythe midfielder Chris Kinnear picked up the game’s first booking, hauling down Alec Fiddes, before Kamurasi pushed away Parkinson’s effort.
The Oaks midfielder, making only his second start, picked up his first booking in stoppage time - and paid the price around the hour mark after kicking the back away.
He now misses the game against East Grinstead on Saturday due to a one-match ban.
Latest recruit Tommy Whitnell, signed last week after being released by Tonbridge Angels, was sent on at the same time, and looked lively in the closing stages.
Oaks deserved the point for doing the ugly stuff well, nobody more so than Frankie Sawyer.
He popped up on several occasions with important defensive work - before starting threaten down the right late on, one low cross was spilled by Kamurasi, but nobody was close enough to convert the loose ball.
Fowler was the third Oaks player booked, but Ryan Makosini Khayne’s caution was the harshest of the Oaks bookings.
Play had been stopped due to a foul on Alec Fiddes, but referee Peter Cruise deemed the defender guilty of timewasting.