The Hillians suffered our first defeat in four with a 2-0 defeat to a strong Carshalton Athletic outfit.
Simon Wormull made just the one change to the side who rescued a point against Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday, with Pat Harding replacing Aaron Smith-Joseph.
The hosts started in just the fashion that their recent form showed, as Cheick Toure and Tom Cadman both dealt with some testing early balls. In the 10th minute, Omar Koroma headed over from four yards out when it looked harder to miss the target. Six minutes later, Ricky Korboa began to show his quality as he jinked his way into the area before being smartly disposed by Cadman. In the 27th minute, Ross Murdoch wriggled clear of his marker before meeting Joe Felix’s whipped cross, only to see his header fly agonisingly over the crossbar. The Robins continued to apply pressure to the Hillians back line – who held firm. However, in the 41st minute, the hosts took the lead, as Korboa smashed home from 20 yards out – giving Josh James absolutely no chance. The half closed with Korboa passing up the opportunity to double his side’s lead as he missed the target with only James to beat.
The half began with Simon Wormull being forced to make a change, with fans favourite Tommy Wood suffering an ankle injury and being replaced by Aaron Smith-Joseph. In the 59th minute, Felix’s low delivery found its way to ASJ, who couldn’t produce any power in his volley as it trickled into the arms of Billy Bishop. Two minutes later, Dan Beck had a golden opportunity to bring the Hillians level, as he ghosted into the area, but the Hillians skipper just couldn’t direct his header past Bishop. In the 63rd minute, Ricky Korboa dealt the Hillians a sucker punch, as he worked the ball onto his left foot before firing another great strike past James. Simon Wormull introduced Jazz Rance and Farrell Ryder in search of a Hillians goal. As the game entered its final knockings, James produced not one, two, but three fantastic saves to keep the score at two. In the 87th minute, the referee waved away a strong appeal for a Hillians penalty, as Beck’s strike appeared to strike the arm of Luke Read. In the final minute, Bishop produced a fine low save from Beck to keep his clean sheet intact and secure all three points for the play-off destined Robins.
A battling performance from the Hillians against an extremely organised Carshalton side on a sweltering afternoon in Surrey.
The Hillians MOTM was awarded to Tom Cadman, who once again put in a fantastic performance at the back against one of the league’s deadliest strike forces.
Thank you to every single one of you Hillians who turned out to support the club. Heading into our final two fixtures, we need you more than ever!
Next up, we host the Rooks!