It’s a funny old game, football. The Hillians returned to the Green Elephants Stadium looking to kickstart an important run in, with Wingate and Finchley FC the visitors. The Hillians started fantastically, with early pressure from Lee and Pat Harding down the right wing. The breakthrough came on 12 minutes, after a brilliant move saw Tighe’s ball find Sanusi, who dinked the goalkeeper before nodding home to make it 1-0. However, Wingate mounted on the pressure having gone 1-0 down, with Josh James forced into a fantastic save low down to his right. Hillian’s defender Tom Cadman also cleared off the line, to make sure the score stayed at 1-0. Rodrigues, in his final game for the Hillians, could’ve made it 2-0 just before half time, but his strike hit the base of the post. With half-time looming, the Hillians fans were sure that Lee Harding was going to make it two, but somehow the attacker couldn’t divert his effort goalbound. The Hillians went into the break full of positivity, and with the all-important lead.
The second half began with the visitors on top, but it would be the Hillians who scored next. Lee Harding pounced on a defensive error, before slotting the ball home underneath goalkeeper Gore. His second in as many matches, but more importantly, the Hillians held a two-goal lead. Wingate and Finchley came back once more, with wave after wave of attacks, but the Hillians back four stood firm, defending resolutely. Wingate were rewarded for their pressure, and halved the deficit on 81 minutes, with Apai applying the finish. However substitute Josh Greenleaf would decide the outcome of the game, as the ball fell to the striker in the box, who turned on a sixpence before firing a volley into the roof of the net. A fantastic win for the Hillians, which saw them rise off the foot of the table, out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Every Hillians player worked hard and played brilliantly, notably Tom Cadman and Gary Elphick. The Hillians will try to repeat their performance tomorrow against a strong Dulwich Hamlet side. Thank you, as always, for your fantastic support!