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Hillians leave it late

On a cold and windy night in South London, Ian Chapman’s Hillians side took on Tooting and Mitcham United, who sat just beneath them in the league. The Hillians started brightly playing some excellent football, with Javier Favarel and Brannon O’Neill dominating the midfield. The deadlock was broken on 14 minutes, as Lucas Rodrigues took down James Shaw’s pass excellently, before playing a one-two with Chinedu McKenzie, and then firing into the net. A fantastic move, and a well-deserved second goal in as many games for Rodrigues. The Hillians could have been two up before half time, after another stunning move saw Aaron Smith-Joseph’s header finely saved by United keeper Pierson. As the second half began Tooting and Mitcham saw themselves with much more possession. On 63 minutes, Mike Dixon’s deflected shot caught out Shaw, and rolled into the corner. United could have had a second just moments later, but Ibrahim Diallo’s header onto his own bar ricocheted away. As the game looked to be heading for a draw, the Hillians won a corner in the 90th minute. O’Neill’s exquisite delivery was met by James Richmond, who’s towering header saw the Hillians take all three points. A fantastic and well-earned win, making that four wins on the bounce! The Hillians return to FA Trophy action this Saturday, away at Hendon.



Charlie Kelly


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