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Late drama as Hillians win Cup Tie in style!

It’s a funny old game football. Burgess Hill Town FC took on Wealdstone, in what was to be a thrilling FA Cup tie. The Hillians started brightly, with the pace of Tony Garrod troubling the Wealdstone back four, getting in behind and stretching them well. Arguably the best chance of the first half fell to the Hillians, with a defensive clearance ricocheting off the bar onto the post, only to be cleared. Wealdstone showed their quality in possession, moving the ball nicely, only to be met by a barrier of Hillians players. Elphick led superbly from the back, with fantastic defending from Toure, Richmond and Fisk respectively. The teams went into the half at 0-0, with the Wealdstone fans booing their side off. Obviously not too impressed by the way that they performed.  Following the break, a Wealdstone onslaught followed. Wave after wave of attack forced goalkeeper James Shaw into some stunning saves. In the 70th moment, the Wealdstone striker found himself one on one inside the box, only to be thwarted excellently by Shaw, a pivotal moment in the game. Making his debut for the Hillians, Frenchman Merzouk came on in the 75th minute, showing his class and finesse in midfield, giving the Hillians much more of an attacking threat. After a flurry of corner, the Hillians won a throw in in the 90th minute, just as the 3 minutes of additional time were being added. The ball was launched into the box by fisk, and pinged around in the box. A lovely cushion volley from Elphick set up Toure, who rifled home a volley, and caused scenes of jubilation at the Green Elephants Stadium. Toure ran off in celebration, joined by his teammates – the fastest they’d ran all game!  Wealdstone were shocked, and their fans shaken. A smash and grab victory from the Hillians, and a trip to the 4th round qualifying of the FA Cup. Everyone in a green shirt fought brilliantly for the 90 minutes, although it will be Toure stealing all the headlines! A day to remember, and another FA Cup date to look forward to!


Charlie Kelly

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