First Team
Isthmian League South East Division Sat 22 October The Home Call Carpets Community Stadium
Burgess Hill Town
  • Miller (27', 51')
  • Perry (33')
  • Box (42')
Faversham Town
  • Rumbol (29')

The 375 in attendance were left completely fulfilled on a brilliant day at the More Than Tyres Stadium.

Low scoring affairs, clean sheets and Dan Perry 1-0s had been the theme for Hill so far this season but they decided to go rogue this afternoon by scoring 4 to send a statement out to the league that Burgess Hill are a force to be reckoned with this season.

It was a lively start in Mid Sussex with Hill on the front foot from the get go. The first real opportunity of the day fell for Jeff Duah-Kessie. Martyn Box left the Faversham RB tasting grass and he chipped a looping ball to the back post where Jeff was flying in on it but he couldn’t divert it goalwards on the stretch. Josh Spinks has never scored a competitive goal for Hill and the poor sod never really looks like changing that either, a Connor Tighe corner fell on his head but he headed over the bar. Hill were creating chances no problem but taking them was a common issue. Step forward the Prince Of The Hill, Max Miller. Jeff Duah-Kessie chested a ball down to Miller, and without a second thought Max unleashed this unstoppable dipping, swerving missile which left Leighton Fanshawe in the visiting goal wondering if fireworks day had come 2 weeks early. It flew into the top corner and left the gaffer Jay Lovett more speechless than anyone. The enigma strikes again. Never change, Maxy. Unfortunately you are at your most vulnerable when you have just scored and so this proved. Faversham won a free kick just inside our half and they launched it in the box. Alfie Jones on his Hill return came to claim it but dropped the ball and Danny Rumbol reacted quickest to slam home an immediate equaliser. The action was coming thick and fast now, Dan Cadman found Connor Tighe in a bit of space and he doesn’t need much invitation to let fly, his fizzing effort flew just over the bar. The Hill were clearly desperate to regain the lead, Jeff Duah-Kessie won the ball back high and fed Kieran Rowe but the holding midfielder had his shot well blocked for a corner. Unfortunately for the visitors, they clearly weren’t aware of our genius corner routine. Connor Tighe takes the corner short and he then receives the ball back before whipping in a cross, Dan Perry got across his marker and flicked it gorgeously into the bottom corner to bring up his 7th goal of the season. At this point, my thumbs couldn’t keep up on the twitter but I was about to be sent into overdrive. Dan Perry should’ve got his second, heading over from a very good position before Jeff Duah-Kessie made a pigs ear of a bicycle kick. The chances kept coming and so did the short corners! This one was played short again to Tighe, he dinked a ball in, Perry had an effort blocked before it fell for captain Spinks who lashed over. Just like Oliver Twist, Hill wanted MORE! Max Miller, buoyed by his screamer, absolutely zoomed past Malachi Robinson before picking out Martyn Box on the stretch but he couldn’t get it on target in a tough chance. Don’t worry, Martyn. If you can’t score a hard chance, Leighton Fanshawe will gift you a goal! Jeff Duah-Kessie won a free kick out wide on the right which Martyn Box sent towards goal, in truth he never got hold of it and it should’ve been saved but the poor visiting GK was having one of those days, the ball trickled underneath him, through his legs and over the line to make it 3-1.

HT: 3-1.

A two goal lead at the break can potentially be dangerous if the leading team doesn’t start well so Jay Lovett would’ve been keen to make sure we started the second 45 as we finished the first. And we did. Martyn Box was having the game of his life, he picked the ball up on the halfway line and drove towards goal, beating Danny Rumbol with ease before facing up Matt Bourne, the trouble for Martyn is he is predominately left footed and the experienced Bourne showed him on his right and Boxy could only scoop over. Martyn Box. On the ball. Flying down the left. Rinse And Repeat. On his next adventure he picked out Dan Perry but only a cracking block from Malachi Robinson prevented it from being 4. Dan Perry and Max Miller we’re linking up so well, Miller flicked a goal kick on for Perry who returned the favour by playing Max in but he dragged his effort inches wide of the post. The Faversham defence couldn’t hold out any longer though as Miller got his second. You won’t be surprised to hear it started with Boxy, he played in Kieran Rowe who decided to bomb forward, he squared the ball for Max Miller who couldn’t miss from 6 yards to make it 4-1. The only blemish on today was that it very easily could’ve been more than 4. Dan Cadman whipped a beautiful in and Martyn Box came flying in on it but he glanced his header wide of the post. Josh Spinks attempted to spray a raking cross field ball but it got a deflection and resulted in Faversham breaking, Perri Iandolo was clean through but he never looked like beating Alfie Jones and beat him he did not, firing straight at the former Crawley stopper. It was undoubtedly a tough day at the office for Favershams poor GK but he did make a very good save low down to his right to deny Miller a hattrick after Jeff and Hitman combined to set him up. Another save from Fanshawe! Kieran Rowe burst forward and got to the edge of the area but fired straight at the GK. Even though Hill were in complete control, the lust for more goals left Faversham with some openings, a free kick was headed back across goal and Alfie Jones had to be alert to tip the ball away from goal and away from danger on a very quiet afternoon for him. Bradley Schafer, who has history with scoring against Hill couldn’t complete the same trick, he made some room for himself with some neat footwork but his left footed effort didn’t trouble Jones. Back came the Hill down the other end, Dan Perry held the ball up superbly and laid it off for the onrushing Box but once again, his right foot let him down and he shanked it wide. Faversham’s best chance for a second came when some neat link up play around the box saw Iandolo come face to face again with Jones but once again, he couldn’t beat him. The fifth goal just wouldn’t happen for Hill. Josh Spinks marauded forward but fired an effort over before he tried to set up substitute Lewis Finney but his header went over and then fellow substitute Hayden Skerry attempted to make his mark by cutting inside but his fierce effort flew just wide. The final chance came from a corner (shock) Faversham didn’t clear it and it fell to Finney just inside the box, he cracked one on the volley but it was well blocked by Josh McFaull and we had to settle with just the 4.

FT: 4-1.

The performance of the season without question as goals from Dan Perry, Martyn Box and a Max Miller brave saw Hill comfortably home.

Next up, it’s a break from league action as we travel to the Pilot Field in the FA Trophy to take on Hastings United.