Hendon 1, Burgess Hill Town 1: Late equaliser denies Hillians all three points

Goalscorer Dan Thompson. Burgess Hill Town v Enfield Town. Picture by David Marriott
Goalscorer Dan Thompson. Burgess Hill Town v Enfield Town. Picture by David Marriott
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Burgess Hill suffered late heartbreak as three points were snatched away from them with just two minutes to go. Dan Thompson had given the Hillians the lead but Karl Oliyide’s late strike meant it finished 1-1.

Ian Chapman’s team travelled to Hendon’s new Silver Jubilee Ground for the first time in their history.

Three enforced changes to Saturday’s starting line up due to injuries to Miles, Brivio and Harding P saw Richmond return to the back four and Gayler and Izu in midfield.

Hillian’s started slowly and it looked as if the long midweek journey would have a negative effect.

Playing on a 3G surface highlighted both sides sloppiness in possession and it wasn’t until Redwood’s 25 yard shot on 30 mins sparked the visitors into life. Hillians looked threatening with Lee Harding causing problems down the left but his final ball letting his earlier work down.

The second half started similar to the 1st but with the visitors playing more in the home teams half and coming close a couple of times when Richardson -Brown linked with Thompson.

On 70 minutes the deadlock was broken when a Joey Taylor shot was parried by the goalkeeper to Thompson in the six yard box who duly converted.

A couple of good chances went to waste and the Hillians were punished from close range in the 88th minute by the home side. With seconds to go Hendon could have won the game but a good save by James denied the home side to register the first win of the season.

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