Hillians hold on for hard-fought win

Pat Harding. Picture by Steve Robards
Pat Harding. Picture by Steve Robards

Burgess Hill held on for a 3-2 win over Carshalton in the Bostik League Premier Division this afternoon.

Hillians boss Simon Wormull made two changes to the side who lost 3-2 at Brightlingsea Regent last Saturday - including a start for young goalkeeper, Mitch Bromage.

The Hillians got of to an absolute flyer as in the sixth minute, Pat Harding unleashed a venomous volley past Billy Bishop and into the back of the net.

The men in green and black continued to dominate the opening exchanges, with Keano Deacon and Aaron Smith-Joseph attacking with real pace and power.

In the 14th minute, Dixon came close to levelling the scores, but headed just wide of Bromage’s right hand post.

In the 31st minute, the Hillians doubled their lead through Smith-Joseph, as the winger cut inside from the right before unleashing a shot past Barker.

Just eight minutes later, that man Smith-Joseph sent the Green Elephants’ into delirium as he pinched the ball of Adeniyi before placing his strike past Barker, to extend the Hillians’ lead to three.

Carshalton started the second half with renewed urgency and went close in the 48th minute through Hamilton-Downs.

In the 53rd minute, the visitors grabbed a goal back through Adeniyi.

The 62nd minute saw the Robins cut the deficit further, as Mendy capitalised on some poor defending. The visitors continued to throw everything at the Hillians, but Wormull’s men held firm.