Corinthian (no, not Casuals) vs Burgess Hill is not a match up you see very often. In fact, this was the Hillians first trip to the Farm… ever. Tucked away down a country lane, you’d be forgiven for missing the ground/farm. Truly a set up like no other ground we’ve visited, a picturesque scene with luscious green everywhere. Midday sun in full force and Non League Day. This had all the makings of a good day and so it proved…
Burgess Hill fielded a side who had never played together thus far this season. Pat Harding filled on the right flank in the continued absence of Reggie Ward, the 2 Lewis’s were both missing out but that sprung opportunities for Connor Tighe and Charlie Kelly to grasp their respective chances in the middle of the park. Burgess Hill made a bright and confident start on a pitch which was a tad on the heavy side but chances for either sides were few and far between. The solitary goal in the first half came through an unlikely source. Some neat build up play around the box between Michael Uwezu and Charlie Kelly saw the ball drop kindly for the latter and he dispatched the football with absolute aplomb from 18 yards, smashing it into the roof of the net to give the local lad his first Hillians goal and set Jay Lovett’s men on their way.
When Corinthian came and conquered Mid Sussex earlier in the season, they were mightily impressive in doing so, but during the opening 45 of this encounter they were yet to produce a performance of similar ilk. The second half played out with the hosts having large amounts of the football and truly not doing an awful lot with it. We must’ve lost count of the crosses that colossal defensive partnership Harry Pollard and Josh Spinks headed away, lost count of the second balls that Martyn Box picked up and lost count of the times Michael Uwezu held the ball up to relieve the pressure on the back line. It’s a testament to how well Burgess defended that the Hoops didn’t particularly muster a clear goal scoring chance throughout the 90 minutes with Will Huffer only being tested by the crosses which he came and claimed. The Hillians never looked overly likely of adding to their score but matter not as one proved to be enough on a gorgeous sunny day at the Farm in which Charlie Kelly sent the attendance of almost partisan Hillians, home happy.
We have seen more entertaining games of football but you’ll struggle to find better team performance from a side this weekend. The Hillians truly reaping the rewards of hard work. A tough place to go against a very strong team, that’s a win that they can be very fond of.
Next up, it’s a right old corker as we welcome Herne Bay to the More Than Tyres Stadium as we enter the final month.