The Hillians travelled to the Kent coast, to take on ‘in form’ play off hopefuls, Margate FC. Gary Elphick and Tony Di Bernardo returned to the starting line up along with Aaron Smith Joseph.
The home side took the lead after 17 mins from a wicked Frannie Collin free kick that wrong footed Di Barnardo. The Hillians were struggling to play with any fluency and were finding it hard to string passes together on the 3G surface. A sloppy piece of defending from full back Diallo, allowed in form striker Jordan Chiedozie a shot on goal, which took two deflections before it nestled into the bottom corner. The rest of the half the home team looked comfortable and Hillians were finding it difficult to breakdown the home defence.
Ian Chapman ‘tinkered’ with the Hillians shape at the start of the second half to try and be more of an attacking threat. Smith-Joseph and Connor Tighe had chances to test Pidgely but the big goalkeeper was not asked to make a save until the last 10 minutes of the game. Chappers made changes, with Sanusi replacing Taylor, Forfana for Tighe and Ngamvoulou for Lee Harding. With the best chance falling to the impressive Smith-Joseph, but his shot went over the bar from just inside the 18 yard box.
With Harlow taking a point at Worthing, Hillians are now 2 points behind them, but with two games in hand. A positive result at Needham Market FC would see the Hillians get off the bottom of the Bostik Premier League.
Next up for the Hillians, sees the squad travel to Bloomfields, on Tuesday 20th February, to face Needham Market FC, in the Bostik Premier League – 7:45pm. This fixture is the last of our five consecutive away fixtures, the recent away support has been absolutely fantastic – let’s continue to support Ian Chapman & his squad!