A young Hillians side were beaten 4-1 by Enfield Town in the Velocity Trophy Quarter-Finals.
- Davison (11', 62', 77')
- Bricknell (66')
- Malleret (90')
Simon Wormull rang the changes, handing debuts to Jack Malleret and Michael Tweed, as well as starts for Mitch Bromage, Josh Tuck, Tolulope Jonah and Josh Short.
The Hillians started brightly, with the hosts clearing a scrambled effort off the line after just 29 seconds. It was the hosts, however, who took the lead in the 11th minute, as Bromage wasn’t able to hold a deep cross, allowing Ryan Davison to tap home from close range. The hosts continued to press, with the prolific Billy Bricknell providing a constant attacking threat. The Hillians back three were being asked to deal with a fluffy of direct balls. On the half hour mark, Correia and McCollin both had shots, in quick succession, fly wide of the target. Malleret was looking lively, but the Hillians struggled to give the youngster much service. The half ended with a penalty shout for the hosts, as Bricknell went down under the challenge of Bromage, but the referee waved away the claims.
The strong Enfield outfit began to show their class at the start of the second half, creating chances from the outset. In the 50th minute, Josh Tuck produced an excellent goal line clearance to prevent Bricknell from doubling the host’s lead. Enfield did double their lead in the 62nd minute, as Davison got his second of the night, poking home Parcell’s deep cross. The hosts were awarded a penalty just four minutes later, and Billy Bricknell made no mistake from the spot to extend his side’s lead to three. The young Hillians continued to work hard, but the host’s class continued to show, as Davison completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute, finishing off a lovely flowing move. In the dying embers, the young Canadian striker, Jack Malleret created himself an opening just outside the Enfield box, with his 20-yard effort leaving Wright with no chance – giving the HIllians a deserved consolation goal.
We exit the Velocity Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage, but nevertheless a spirited performance from the young Hillians against a very strong Enfield Town side.
The Hillians MOTM was awarded to Jack Malleret, who looked lively throughout and capped off his debut with a stunning strike.
Thank you to you Hillians who made the trip to Enfield – your support is massively appreciated by everyone at the club.
Next up, it’s a trip to Hornchurch.