Ian Chapman’s side came up against a tricky Tooting & Mitcham United team. On a rainy and windy night at the Green Elephants stadium, it would take something special to break the deadlock. The first half an hour showed little promise, but a moment of magic from Hillians striker Brandon Diau opened the scoring on 30 minutes. Lee Harding found some space on the right, and delivered a delicious ball into the box, which seemed to have evaded Diau. Yet Diau somehow managed to hook the ball into the top corner, with his back to goal whilst airborne. A sublime finish, but not the same can be said for his celebration! The Hillians continued to press for a second in the first half, with Adelakun’s free kick striking the base of the post. United came out of the break looking for an equaliser, with a few half chances not really testing Max Huxter in the Hillians goal. However, on 60 minutes, Aaron Smith-Joseph found Jack Brivio in the box, who’s smart header gave the Hillians a 2-0 deserved lead. The score line was made 3-0 just five minutes later, with Adelakun sweeping home a great finish into the corner. A great goal to cap off an otherwise great performance from the Hillians number 8. United did manage to get a reward for their second half efforts, with Striker Omar Folkes turning his man and finishing into the corner. Just as a Tooting and Mitcham comeback was on the cards, United keeper Joe Tupper raced out of his area and handled the ball, earning himself a red card. With the game dying down, and the rain pouring down, Burgess Hill were able to see out a good result, on an otherwise miserable night. The Hillians find themselves away to Colney Heath on Saturday, playing in the Emirates FA Cup. COYH.
Highlights can be found here: https://twitter.com/Official_BHTFC/status/908027095078588417
Ian Chapman’s reaction: https://twitter.com/Official_BHTFC/status/908325282775519232