It’s now 0 win in 9 games for Jay Lovett’s Hillians as Sheppey strolled to a comfortable 3 points in Mid Sussex, getting revenge on us for beating them at their place earlier in the season.
Sheppey were unbeaten in 7 and started the contest full of confidence, fashioning the games first chance. A corner was cleared to the edge of the area where Eddie Allsopp took it on his chest and volleyed it sweetly towards goal with his left peg but his effort flew over the bar. It only took the Ites 7 minutes to open the scoring, and sometimes all it takes is simplicity. Aiden Prall launched a ball downfield which Jack Midson flicked on to Danny Leonard on the right hand side. Leonard drove at Cadman and then cut inside, before finding Midson free as a bird to tuck home his sides opener. The visitors were purring and Hill were yet to lay a glove on them. A cross from the left hand side was chested down by Midson to Josh Wisson who fired an effort through a crowd of players and Harry Griffiths had to get down smartly to stop the lead from being doubled. Kai Brown had been a bright spark for the Hill since he has joined the club and he set up the Hills first chance. He found Sam Remfry on the edge of the area but his effort almost went out of the ground. Danny Leonard was proving very hard for Hill to contain down the Sheppey right, his directness and quick feet saw him lay the ball off to visiting captain Richard Hamil who from fully 30 yards out took aim and hit sweetly but it was always rising over Harry Griffiths crossbar. Hill’s possession of the football was few and far between so when chances arose, you felt we might have to take them. Once again it was that Kai Brown and Sam Remfry combination who linked up, with the latter getting his shot away from the edge of the area which took a little nick and forced Aiden Prall into a really good save low down. With only half an hour gone, the Ites almost doubled the lead. They won a free kick out on the left hand side and it was whipped in delightfully and Olamilekan Majoyegbe bulleted a powerful header which smacked against the crossbar and we managed to block the rebound. Sheppey weren’t to be denied a second for long, though. We lost the ball in the middle of the park and in a flash the ball was in the back of our net, such was the ease to break us down. Richard Hamil strode forward from the back before clipping a ball over the top of the whole back line, allowing Eddie Allsopp to race clear and ruthlessly dispatching past a helpless Harry Griffiths. If Sheppey LB Frankie Morgan had an inch of composure about him, the Hill would’ve been 3-0 down. This all came from a Hillians free kick, Hayden Skerry actually whipped in a great delivery which fell to keen Match Report reader Lewis Finney, he thumped an effort back into the mix but what happened next was needed to be seen to be believed. Sheppey cleared their lines and broke, 2 simple balls down the line and Eddie Allsopp had the freedom of the half do what he liked, he raced clear and with only poor Kai Brown back defending, you feared the worst. Allsopp unselfishly squared it to Frankie Morgan who produced one of the worst misses you will see all season, ballooning over from 6 yards. The let off of all let offs. You could only feel sorry for Harry Griffiths who’s 2 Hillians appearances have not gone as he would’ve wished, albeit with no fault of his own but he almost compounded it by dropping a routine cross but luckily Danny Leonard nor Jack Midson were unable to pounce on the loose ball, with Griffiths eventually gathering. Griffiths did redeem himself moments later when another routine ball over the top was defended as if it was a fireball, Bradley Schafer showed his strength and got his shot away which Griffiths had to beat away from danger.
The Hillians needed an early goal you felt, if they were to come from 2-0 down again and we did create a good opportunity just 5 minutes into the second half. Make shift RB Harry Pollard whipped a teasing low ball into the area, Lewis Finney was coming in on it and all it needed was a touch but he was a millimetre away and the ball flashed across goal and wide. The second half was not very action packed with the visitors just looking to professionally see it out and the Hill struggling to make any inroads. Eddie Allsopp, scorer of Sheppey’s second fired a free kick on target but Harry Griffiths always had it covered. You could be forgiven for thinking this was a cup game against higher opposition, such was the dominance of the Ites. Bradley Schafer crossed for Jack Midson who brought it down and fired but it was straight at Griffiths who was being kept busy. The same duo combined for Sheppey’s next chance, Schafer skinned Josh Spinks and crossed for Midson who dominated the Hill defence all afternoon, his flicked on header thankfully dropped wide. Another free kick tested Griffiths, this one a lot more powerful, knocking the AFC Wimbledon youngster off his feet but he did stop the ball crossing the line and George Brown smashed clear. 2-0 is always seen as a bogey scoreline and Sheppey must of been wishing they took one of their multiple chances when Hill won a corner, Harry Pollard kept it alive and Dan Cadman instinctively shot with his trusty left boot, it flew through the crowd, cracked off the inside of the post and over the line to start the most unlikely comeback. The comeback, lasted 3 minutes. Sheppey hoofed a ball down the channel for their player/manager and oldest person in the team, Jack Midson to ‘chase’, Josh Spinks looked to be in control but completely mis kicked his back pass to Griffiths and Midson rarely missed a one on one when playing in the football league, let alone at this level, smashing past a yet again helpless Griffiths to cap off a miserable afternoon for Hill. The last chance came when a cross from the right was met by substitute Teddy McIntyre on the volley and his left footed dipper wasn’t far away from nestling in the bottom corner.
9 games without a win and stuck in the leagues bottom 4, all makes for a rather unhappy Sunday reading I am afraid. It’s up to Jay and the boys to stop this rot and pluck a win from somewhere, starting on Tuesday.
Next up, it’s the small matter of the biggest game of the season, as we travel to Hanbury Park to take on Haywards Heath, knowing that a win will take us above the Heath and out of the bottom 4.