Angels Frozen Out By Hill
Burgess Hill Town picked up a good point thanks to a 0-0 away draw with Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday night. Ian Chapman made three enforced changes to Saturday’s lineup. Max Huxter returned in goal, Dan Thompson replaced BHAFC loanee Jonah Ayunga and Jack Brivio started in midfield with Toby Pointing getting a rest. Pierre Hazet was also given his debut in midfield.
Tonbridge Angels started the game on the front foot. Striker Alex Akrofi went in search for his tenth goal for the club as early as 67 seconds, dragging his shot across Huxter and past the far post.
Luke Allen swept the ball out to Luke Blewden and he took a touch before cutting inside and flashing a low cross across the face of goal and past the far post. Huxter was called into action by making his first save inside nine minutes.
Wheeler swung in a free-kick from the left towards the far post where Akrofi rose to plant his header across goal and towards the far corner, only for the keeper to palm the ball away diving to his left which was then put behind for a corner by Fisk.
A Wheeler hanging cross from the right towards the far post was asking to be buried by target-man Nathan Elder. Elder planted his header towards goal from close range, only for Huxter to pull off a great save, sticking out his outstretched arm to tip the ball onto the top of the crossbar.
After those chances inside the opening 15 minutes, Burgess Hill Town weathered the storm. After 28 minutes, Dan Pearse played a long ball from his position in holding midfield to release striker Billy Medlock down the right channel. The former Tonbridge man hit a low right-footed angled drive towards the bottom corner, which was pushed around the post by Anthony Di Bernardo after diving to his left. Left-wing back Leon Redwood swung in the resulting corner from the right which saw right-sided central defender James Richmond rise at the near post to send his header across the face of goal and past the far post.
Tonbridge Angels created the first chance of the second half after only four minutes.Wheeler whipped in a good cross from the left, but the ball was headed away only for Allen to hit a low first-time drive which was gobbled up by Huxter.
Tonbridge Angels missed a glorious chance to break the stalemate when Blewden delivered a deep cross while in space down the right wing towards the far post where Tom Parkinson rose to plant his free header over from six-yards.
In the 71st minute ex-Angel, Jack Brivio fed Pearse in space, who stroked his right-footed drive towards goal from 25-yards, which Di Bernardo held while diving low to his left.
The home side had one final chance with seven minutes remaining as Wheeler was given oceans of room to whip in a cross which was headed towards goal by substitute striker Sid Sollis, which sailed into Huxter’s hands.
The Hillians also had a good chance in added time when a good ball in behind the defence by Medlock released substitute striker Tyrell Richardson-Brown down the right channel, but his speculative chip from 30-yards was comfortably plucked out of the air by Di Bernardo.
The result proved to be a testament to Ian Chapman and his coaching staff to bounce back from their 0-6 defeat to Leiston a few weeks ago.
The Hillians faithful will be hoping for further progress when Ian Chapman’s side face Kingstonian away on Saturday, kick-off 3 pm.