The Hillians started the game well, with Andrew Briggs twice finding himself unmarked in the box, but his two efforts were both brilliantly blocked by men in yellow. One of a number of former Hillians, Jack Brivio, gave Horsham the lead; as he found himself unmarked with the goal gaping following a clever corner routine. Minutes later, another corner, allowed a free header for Dylan Merchant – who put the hosts two up. A defensive error provided another former Hillian, Chris Smith, with a chance to make it three – as he tapped into an empty net. Mason Doughty had a chance to reduce the deficit, but his strike rolled inches wide. Right on the stroke of half-time, Jack Brivio got his second and Horsham’s fourth as his deflected strike flew into the top corner.
They say things come in three’s and just seven minutes into the second half, a third ex-Hillian was on the scoresheet, as Rob O’Toole tapped home after Fynn Talley’s parried save. The young shot stopper made a tremendous one handed finger tip save to prevent further damage. Our liveliest threat all evening, Mason Doughty, nearly grabbed a goal that his work rate deserved, but again, his effort was marginally off target. The Hillians’ best chance of the evening came right at the death, as Doughty slipped in substitute Josh Short, but his effort smacked back off the woodwork.
A disappointing evening for the Hillians, who will be looking to put things right come Saturday.
Despite the performance, you Hillians supporters were fantastic all evening – thank you for your continued efforts!
Next up, we entertain Bridges.
Report by Jack Naldrett.