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Max Miller – the scorer of our last minute winner.

The Hillians left it late to salvage a point in a topsy turvy Sussex derby with Chichester City.

Chichester City
  • Horncastle (3')
  • Jones (74')
2
Burgess Hill Town
  • Giraud-Hutchinson (68')
  • Miller (90')
2
Sat 28 Dec, 2019 Isthmian League South East Division

The game got off to the worst possible start, as Jamie Horncastle thumped a left footed volley past the helpless Josh James to open the scoring just 3 minutes in. Jay Lovett’s men nearly equalised straight away but Max Miller couldn’t find a way past Steven Mowthorpe in the City goal. It was a half of few chances for the Hill and Chichester should of stretched their advantage even further but on numerous occasions; Lloyd Rowlatt and Scott Jones both passed up opportunities to do so. Likewise for the Hill, Max Miller couldn’t take his chances when they came about in the first 45 as the Hillians went into the break deservedly behind.

As to be expected, the Hillians came out for the second half firing, with Miller and Doughty missing opportunities to level the scoring. It wasn’t all black and blue however, as Josh James had to be alert to save 2 quick fire Chichester efforts. These proved crucial as a few minutes later, A short corner was played to O’Shaye Giraud-Hutchinson, allowing him to cut in and fire a sensational effort into the top corner to equalise. Parity was short lived however as a cross to the far post was nodded in rather controversially by Scott Jones as he went through the back of Tom Cadman in doing so – but the goal stood. It looked as if it wasn’t to be for the Hillians, but Charlie Pitcher had other ideas, fresh from the bench he did brilliantly to beat two men, cut the ball back to Miller who wasn’t about to miss another chance as he earned a thoroughly deserved point.

Certainly a point gained for the Hillians as it extends our unbeaten run to five.

Next up, it’s home to Ashford United!

Report by Jack Naldrett.