First Team
Isthmian League South East Division Sat 22 February Badgers Sports Ground
Cray Valley PM
  • Flack (2')
Burgess Hill Town

The fans in attendance barely had time to gather themselves before witnessing the game’s opening goal, as Ryan Flack, after just two minutes slammed home from twenty yards. The Hillians almost responded immediately, as Louie Downey’s deflected strike crashed against the upright and away from danger. A couple of minute later, the hosts should have been two clear, but Francis Babalola headed wide with only Fynn Talley to beat. The men in blue and black finished the half strongly, but went in at the break a goal down.

Jay Lovett’s men made a blistering start to the second half, as two vital block in quick succession denied Aaron Smith-Joseph and Pat Harding from clawing a goal back. In the 63rd minute, Talley was called into action – producing a fine save to keep his side in with a sniff. The Hillians continued to press, with the introduction of some attacking impetus off the bench, but the Millers continued to hold firm. The referee’s full-time whistle was met by, despite the scoreline, more groans from the home supporters than those travelling – with the Eltham locals knowing they’d ‘got away with one’.

A difficult one to stomach for the Hillians; who’s efforts were more than worthy of at least a point.

Next up, it’s Whyteleafe under the lights!

Report by Jack Naldrett.