The Hillians left it late to snatch a point against a resilient Ramsgate side.
- Harding (37')
- Kirkwood (90')
- T. Chapman (39')
- M. Chapman (86')
Within the opening five minutes, debutant, Dan Purdue was forced into a smart low save to deny the visitors from taking an early lead. The following twenty saw neither side produce anything of note, with both enjoying spells of possession. In the 35th minute, another full debutant, Daniel Uchechi did well to find some space, but his square pass was dealt with well by the Rams back line. Just two minutes later, the Hillians broke the deadlock, as Pat Harding converted from inside the area following some beautiful build up play. However, the visitors were level within minutes, as Tom Chapman stabbed home from inside the area to ensure the sides went in level at the break.
The Rams came out for the second half firing and were seeing much more of the ball. Two brilliant pieces of defending from Martyn Box and Drew Matthews ensured the score remained locked – as the Hillians struggled to get a foothold. Another fine save from Purdue closed the door again, as the Rams certainly looked the most likely to score next. In the 86th minute, the Kent side looked to have claimed all three points, as substitute, Mitchell Chapman finished well from a dangerous set piece. However, more late drama was to follow! As the clock struck ninety, Aaron Smith-Joseph’s cross struck the arm of a defender inside the area, giving the Hillians the chance to snatch a point from the spot; Scott Kirkwood stepped up and tucked his spot kick away to ensure both sides left with a point a piece.
A point gained for the Hillians, considering the scoreline at 89 minutes! But certainly still room for improvement as we move into the final quarter of the season.
The Hillians MOTM was awarded to Harry Pollard, who defended resolutely all evening when his side needed him the most.
A huge thank you, as always, to all of you Hillians supporters for your fantastic efforts.
Next up, VCD make the trip south.