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Points Shared In Sussex Derby

MOTM, Josh James, with one of his many fine saves against Worthing on Bank Holiday Monday.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the Hillians pick up a good point at, Sussex coast rivals, Worthing.

Ian Chapman made three changes from Saturday’s team with Charlie Bennett, Sam Fisk and Gary Charman all making the starting line up. 

The first half started with the home team dominating possession of the ball, but with little threat to the Hillians goal. Ex-Hillian, Darren Budd, created the first chance of the game when he worked an opening for himself, but fired well over from 20 yards out. The Hillians first real attack saw Aaron Smith-Joseph find Fisk with a pass down the left, and Fisk’s dangerous cross was headed clear by Alfie Young. Worthing began to assert in the game and a low drive towards the far corner by Rance was well saved by James in the Hillians goal.

HT 0-0.

Worthing started the second half well, as Josh James was called into action twice in the first 10 minutes of the half. Ian Chapman made his first change on 58 minutes, taking off the hard working Ben Pope and introducing Andre McCollin. Worthing’s standout player, David Ajiboye, was beginning to cause the Hillians problems, and Chapman made his second change replacing Smith-Joseph for Connor Tighe. Worthing introduced ex-Bognor defender, James Crane, who started to cause problems for Tom Cadman down the right hand side, and was denied opening the scoring through a fine save by James. A good chance fell to the Hillians on 82 minutes, when Ibrahim Diallo put in a teasing cross, but Pamment’s header lacked direction. Worthing had the crowd on their feet in the last five minutes, but Gary Charman denied Aarran Racine when he headed off the line and the impressive Elphick did the same just minutes later after a goalmouth scramble. As 90 minutes arrived, Dan Beck found space on the right, and his accurate cross found Pamment on the edge of the box, but his goal bound effort was blocked. The cries of handball were instantly turned away by the referee. Worthing had time for one more chance, and it was that man Ajiboye who found space on the edge of the box, but his powerful strike hit the Hillian crossbar before being cleared away to safety. 

FT 0-0. 

The Hillians MOTM was awarded to goalkeeper, Josh James, who’s string of fine saves ensured the Hillians returned up the A27 with a point.

A well earned point for the Hillians, who now welcome Whitehawk FC to the Green Elephants Stadium on Saturday. A massive thank you to all those supporters who travelled to Worthing and got behind the team. 

Report by Colin Obbard.