Jay Lovett suffered his first defeat at Hillians manager as VCD Athletic ran out comfortable winners.
- Barrington (7')
- Ogboe (23', 66')
- Gordon (63')
The game got off to the worst possible start for the Hillians. In the 7th minute, after some tricky work down the left, Courtney Barrington curled his effort into the top right-hand corner. Moments later, Pat Harding, making his 400th appearance for the club, almost drew Hill level – but his effort was brilliantly blocked. In the 23rd minute, the hosts were awarded a penalty, which Kevin Ogboe dispatched with ease. The remainder of the half saw the hosts continue to dominate, with Josh James’s coming to the Hillians’ rescue on numerous occasions to keep the score at two.
Jay Lovett’s men started the second half brightly, but lacked that clinical touch, as Aaron Smith-Joseph, Junior Baker and Pat Harding all passed up opportunities to half the deficit. The task in hand was made even tougher, in the 63rd minute, as Alistair Gordon extended his side’s lead. The game was put beyond all doubt just three minutes later as Ogboe grabbed his second. It seemed as though the hosts were about to add further insult to injury as they were awarded another spot-kick, but the post denied Ogboe his hat-trick. The hosts controlled the final knockings to complete a resounding victory.
A very tough afternoon for the Hillians who will be disappointed.
A huge thank you to every single one of you travelling Hillians; your support so far this season, despite results, has been absolutely superb.
Next up, it’s a trip to Grinstead.