The game got off to the worst possible start for the Hillians, as Ben Fitchett gave his side the lead inside sixty seconds – poking home from under the crossbar. Eventually, Hill started to grow into the game and found themselves back on level terms in the 25th minute, as Andrew Briggs rifled home following a superb driving run. Jay Lovett’s men dominated the remainder of the first half, with Aaron Smith-Joseph and Pat Harding both forcing smart saves from the Sittingbourne stopper.
Josh James was forced into action early in the second half, saving well from Sid Sollis’ low strike. In the 59th minute, following his introduction just four minutes later, Mason Doughty fired the Hillians into the lead with a driven finish into the bottom corner. Fifteen minutes later, Briggs received his marching orders following a second yellow card for obstructing a quick free-kick. The visitors threw the kitchen sink at the Hillians back line, but the centre-back pairing of Tolulope Jonah and Tom Cadman held firm. The referee’s full time whistle was met with sumptuous cheers around the Green Elephants Stadium – marking another home victory for Jay Lovett and his men.
A vital result for the Hillians which sees us climb up the 16th in the table.
The Hillians MOTM was awarded to Scott Kirkwood, who, as always. worked tirelessly in the middle of the park throughout.
A huge thank you to every single one of you who turned out to support the club yesterday afternoon.
Next up, we’re off to Bridges.