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Hillians caught out by Police

On a quiet night at Imber Court, the Hillians travelled to fifth placed Met Police, who came off the back of a 3-1 win against Thurrock. The Hillians started well, McKenzie leading the line, with some neat interchanges from Lounisse Merzouk and Lucas Rodrigues. The two teams went end to end, with neither side able to create any clear-cut chances. Yet on 22 minutes, Jonny Wright found himself open in the box, and calmly slotted home. The Hillians looked to the linesman for a flag, but it did not come. Once more the Hillians attacked, but the lack of a final ball meant the Hillians went into the break trailing. The Hillians started the second half as they started the first, with Merzouk displaying his flair, and Javier Favarel showing his composure in midfield. The chance for an equaliser came on the hour mark, as Brannon O’Neill sent the defender to the shops, before curling in a delightful cross. However, nor McKenzie, Rodrigues or Harding were able to connect with the cross, and the chance went astray. On 70 minutes, Ian Chapman brought on Smith-Joseph and Gayler, looking to push for the equaliser. Yet five minutes later, the Police goal scorer Wright found another yard in the box, and finished in fine fashion. In the final embers of the game, the Hillians searched in desperation for an answer, but it just wasn’t their night. 2-0 it finished, and the Hillians go again this Saturday at home in the FA Trophy.


Charlie Kelly

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