The game made a very quiet start, with neither team creating anything to write home about. In the 16th minute, Josh James was swiftly called into action – saving well from Josh Beadle’s testing strike. The Hillians gradually grew into the game, with Mason Doughty and Scott Kirkwood both passing up chances to open the scoring. In the 30th minute, Charlie Pitcher’s strike was well saved by the Faversham stopper, but Doughty was on hand to bury the rebound. Just a minute later, James pulled off a tremendous one-hand save to deny a top corner-bound free kick from Soloman Taiwo. Four minutes after the opener, Max Miller doubled his side’s lead; poking home following a delightful interchange between Aaron Smith-Joseph and Doughty. The Hillians could, and maybe should, have extended their lead – but took a healthy two-goal lead in at the break.
As expected, following two changes, the Kent outfit came out of the blocks firing and equalised in the 57th minute. Jordan Casey then had every Hillian with their heads in their hands as he found himself three yards from goal with only James to beat – but, thankfully, he headed his effort over the crossbar. Jay Lovett’s men rode the Faversham wave expertly and, in the 89th minute, were awarded a penalty following a foul on Smith-Joseph. Captain Kirkwood calmly converted from the spot to secure the points for the Hillians.
A splendid afternoon for the Hillians in front of a fantastic Green Elephants’ crowd.
The Hillians MOTM, as chosen by The Alliance, was awarded to Mason Doughty – who, quite frankly, caused havoc all afternoon!
A massive thank you for you continued support.
Next up, Albion!