First Team
Isthmian League South East Division Sat 3 February TEC Stadium
Burgess Hill Town

Burgess Hill Town fell to defeat in Kent with third in the table Sittingbourne hitting the Hillians for five on Saturday.

The hosts went into the game on the back of a four game winning run in the league and started well with a few set pieces which were well defended by the Hill.

Hillians first effort came on seven minutes as Kieran Rowe found Martyn Box whose cross fell to Reece Hallard who flicked just wide.

The hosts took the lead on 13 minutes as a long ball downfield by Michael Turner bounced off Chris Harris and falls perfectly for Mitchell May who from a very tight angle manages to squeeze the ball home.

The hosts continued to press with plenty of long balls causing a few issues but the Hill did have another chance as Box stretched the defence before getting on the end of a Dan Perry cross and it forces Bobby Mason to tip over. From the resulting corner, Mason flaps at it and it falls to Hallard who volleys it over the bar.

At the other end Toby Bull produced a fantastic save as a cross is sent in from the Sittingbourne right, a Brickie gets to the near post and it’s a cracking save from Bull before Harris smashes it over from a yard out.

Bull made another good save from a low free kick but the lead was doubled on 31 minutes as Harris scored and soon after it was 3 as May grabbed his second of the game from a corner on 35 minutes.

Bull made another good save to deny a fourth before the break but on the stroke of half time the Hillians nearly pulled one back when Rowe is played through, he tries to dink the goalkeeper but he gets a hand on it before it comes to Hallard who also can’t beat Mason.

The second half carried on in much the same vein and Harris should have scored early on but the Brickies didn’t have to wait long for a fourth as Donvieve Jones tapped home a cross at the far post.

Mason denied Reggie Ward on 67 minutes but within in a minute the scoring was completed as the hosts added a fifth with the best goal of the afternoon.

A ball over the top is brought down by Harris who takes it under his spell and thumps it across Bull and into the far corner for his second of the day.

Sittingbourne had a few chances to add a sixth whilst the Hillians nearly grabbed a consolation when Box crossed for Perry who set up Hallard who tapped wide.

It was a bad day at the office for the Hillians but we will look to bounce back on Saturday when we host Ashford United at home.