Ian Chapman was forced to rotate his starting line up with this being the fifth game in eleven days. James Shaw, Emanuel Agyeman, Aaron Smith-Joseph and Tony Garrod came in for the rested Josh James, Jack Brivio, Josh Greenleaf, Sam Fisk.
The visitors started brightly with Boakye-Yiadom’s movement and pace causing the Hillians back four problems. The first chance of the game fell to the Hillians, when Lee Harding met a Connor Tighe cross at the far post but his side-footed volley hit the bottom of the post. Ian Chapman was forced into making an early substitution, when Diallo’s hamstring injury was causing him problems, and he was replaced by Fisk. The visitors were beginning to apply more pressure at the other end, and in the 38th minute Derry pounced on Agyeman and Fisk’s indecision to clear, and his shot was well saved by Shaw – but Tom Richards was first to the rebound, and slotted into the empty net.
Ian Chapman made a second substitution with Bennett replacing Smith-Joseph to add some much need ‘bite’, to a midfield that were struggling to win second balls. His industry saw Hillians get further forward, and started to ask their opponents questions from a succession of corners – but to no avail. In the 85th minute the home side thought they had equalised when Tighe’s cross was claimed by the Tanners keeper, Agboola, and he appeared to stumble backwards, carrying the ball over the line with him. Unfortunately, the referee and linesman seemed to be the only people in the ground not to see he and the ball had crossed the line… In the last minute, a Connor Tighe shot from 25 yards went perilously close to grabbing the Hillians a point.
The Hillians still find themselves in 23rd position, with three games to go, and travel to Leiston this Saturday – 3pm kick off.
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