It took Whyteleafe just four minutes to open the scoring, as Aaron Watson capitalised on some slack defending to slot the ball past Alfie Jones and into the bottom corner. Just ten minutes later, the hosts doubled their advantage, as Omari Hibbert tucked home after some good work by Ryan Gondoh. Halfway through the first half, the hosts had more-or-less put the game to bed – as Watson finished well to claim his second of the evening. Making his first start for the Hillians, Andrew Herring almost pulled one back but his swivelled effort flew over the crossbar. A brilliant last-ditch challenge from Josh Spinks, on the stroke of half-time, prevented the hosts from taking a four-goal advantage in at the break.
The Hillians, with a point to prove, started the second half well, as Martyn Box flashed his free-kick across the face of goal and inches away from the bottom corner. The Hillians continued to go in search of a lifeline, but struggled to create anything clear cut. In the 65th minute, Watson notched his hat-trick to put the game well and truly to bed. Five minutes later, Andrew Herring saw red for a strong challenge in the middle of the park – reducing the Hillians to ten for the final twenty minutes. Minutes before the final whistle, Watson grabbed his fourth in stylish fashion to put the icing on the cake for the Surrey outfit.
A defeat which demands a response come Saturday; as we face Harrow Borough at the More Than Tyres Stadium in the FA Trophy.
A special mention to all you travelling Hillians, who despite the scoreline and performance, were in fine voice all evening.