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Hillians cruise into next round with dominant win

Just three days after a thrilling 3-3 draw in Hertfordshire, Burgess Hill Town and Colney Heath met again, in what would be a winner takes all match. The Hillians started brightly, as they did in the initial fixture, with some good attacking play from full back Joey Taylor, finding Jack Brivio in the box, only for his header to sail wide. Colney Heath showed their fighting spirit from Saturday’s game in the early moments of the replay, with Jack Woods’ strike stinging the palms of Hillians goalkeeper James Shaw. Just after ten minutes, Brivio lunged into a challenge which prompted jeers from the away bench, only for their request for a red to be denied. Brivio escaped with just a yellow, and continued to dominate the midfield. It was on fifteen minutes that the breakthrough came, and through a man who the Hillians have been turning to for years. Brivio’s through ball fell into the path of Tony Garrod, who shoved aside the Heath centre back, before firing a shot on goal. The Colney Heath goalkeeper could only parry the shot, straight into the path of Pat Harding, who slotted home to make it 1-0. The Hillians then kept up their dominance, with chances from Ibrahim Diallo and again Brivio. A Hillians corner fell kindly for Lee Harding, who’s threatening run led for the number 11 to be fouled inside the area. Penalty given. Mr Reliable Tony Garrod stepped up, and rolled the penalty into the corner. The score stood at 2-0 at half time, with the Hillians once more taking a two goal lead into the changing room, a sense of déjà vu perhaps at half time for Ian Chapman’s men. In the early stages of the second half the Hillians looked to add to their lead, with the pace of substitute Tim Cook really testing the Colney Heath back four. The game was all but put to bet in the 73rd minute, when a scuffle between Lee Harding and Isa Rutini led to a red card for the latter, who was adjudged to have head butted the Hillians number 11. With the 10 men of Colney Heath fighting for a lifeline, Burgess Hill pressed on. A great save from Shaw on 80 minutes kept the two-goal margin, and on 83 minutes Tony Garrod was given too much space and time in the box, and calmly slotted away his second, and the Hillian’s third. A commanding display from Ian Chapman’s side saw them progress into the third round qualifying of the FA Cup, with a home tie to Wealdstone FC on Saturday 30th September, 3 O’clock kick off. Looking forward to seeing some more goals, drama, and perhaps even the famous Wealdstone Raider. If you want some, he’ll give it ya!


Charlie Kelly

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