A tremendous performance saw the Hillians close the gap at the foot of the Bostik Premier League - courtesy of a Tommy Wood brace.
Simon Wormull made four changes to the side that lost 2-0 at home to Margate last Saturday, with Tolulope Jonah, Charlie Bennett and Tommy Wood re-introduced back into the staring XI and Joseph Felix handed his Hillians debut – following his Deadline Day loan from QPR.
The Hillians had the opportunity to make it a dream start in the opening minutes, but Ross Murdoch dragged his effort wide of the target with only Tangara to beat. In the 11th minute, debutant Joseph Felix delivered a wicked cross in search of Murdoch, only for it to be cleared away by Ollie Cook – just as the forward loomed. There was a brief stoppage in play, in the 24th minute, as Dan Beck received treatment for a wrist injury sustained. The Hillians continued to dominate, with Joseph Felix causing all sorts of problems down the right hand flank. The half drew to a close with Felix and Murdoch combining once more, only for the ball to fizz agonisingly past the right boot of Murdoch who lurked in the middle of the box. Simon Wormull would have certainly been the happier of the two managers going into the break.
The second half started with a big let off for the Hillians, as Josh James just about managed to get to Charlie Bennett’s tame back pass to clear the self-inflicted danger. In the 59th minute, the Hillians took a throughly deserved lead, as Tommy Wood broke the deadlock with a sumptuous header from Murdoch’s inch perfect delivery. In the 67th minute, Felix and Wood combined beautifully before finding Smith-Joseph who’s strike flew just wide of Tangara’s left hand post. Back down the other end, Figueira passed up a golden opportunity to bring the scores level – as the game began to blow wide open. In the 75th minute, Boris Kipeya-Bonno replaced Dan Beck in search of some added energy heading into the closing stages. Tommy Wood stung the hands of Tangara, just moments later, following some delightful football from the Hillians. With 7 minutes remaining on the clock, Josh Short replaced Ross Murdoch – who had once more worked tirelessly. The Hillians faithful were sent into absolute delirium in the 85th minute, as Tommy Wood doubled his, and the Hillians’ tally, with simple tap-in following some nifty interplay between Felix and Kipeya-Bonno. The Hillians held out resolutely to claim a massive three points
An absolutely fantastic performance from the Hillians to pick up all three Bostik Premier League points against play-off chasing Merstham.
The Hillians MOTM was awarded to Tommy Wood, who made it three goals in two games for the Hillians in another superb showing. A special mention also to debutant, Joseph Felix, who caused the hosts problems all afternoon down the right flank.
Thank you to every single one of you Hillians who made the short trip to Surrey to support the club – we hope you enjoyed that one!
Next up, we host the Casuals!