I think all the fans, players and managers were just pleased to have a game today aftera run of postponed matches and waterlogged pitches. Despite the ground being a bit on the frosty side the game went ahead and Hill ran out comfortable and well deserved winners. Clearly the hunger of no games in recent weeks had whetted their appetite and Teviot took the brunt of that.
Hill started really brightly and could have been 2 up inside 3 minutes. Firstly in the opening minute some good pressure in midfield released Redhead whose shot was deflected narrowly wide. From the corner a chance fell to Brookes who hit it well but again just wide. In the 3rd minute Dackombe had a strong run down the right got behind and round the fullback and cut it back but that was cleared.
It looked like Hill were going to steamroller the opposition, but a shock after 5 minutes put us one down. A long throw from Teviot was headed into the box and Barret came out to collect on the corner of the 6 yard box..but a fluke googlie like bounce turned the ball straight past him into the net 0-1.
Hill took a few minutes to recover from that punch to the belly but on 10 minutes got level again When Brookes went on a great run down the left and hit a superb cross which REDHEAD finished from close range. 1-1.
Hill nearly went ahead 2 minutes later when Grace released Dackombe with a super cross field diagonal ball. The winger again got round the back of the fullback and beat the keeper on the near post, but the ball spun off the inside of the post and somehow bounces across the lijn and out. We didn’t have to wait much longer though. 1 minute later and a corner falls to BROOKES on the edge of the box and the little wizard slams in from 20 yards 2-1.
Amazingly the score stays at 2-1 to half time. Despite Hill having the better of the pay the scoreline is a bit tighter than it should be. The gaffer makes a subtle change. G. Johnson just playing a little too deep is asked to step a touch forward and get on the ball more to play shorter passes in midfield as opposed to the longer ball we had been playing.
Start of the 2nd half and the change makes an immediate impact. After 3 mins of the half. Johnson wins the ball in a bit more of an advanced position, plays a nice ball out wide to REDHEAD who cruises forward and fires home from 18 yards. 3-1 and Hill looking good for the score now.
2 minutes later and we make it 4 when Redhead strikes a powerful effort that the keeper just can’t hold and BOLTON is very sharply onto the rebound to slot home. 4-1.
Hill looking more confident on the ball now and playing better controlled passing. Half way through the half Brookes plays a nice ball out to Redhead, he plays the ball over the centre half and HARRIS in a good position and having a really strong game volleys home from 15 yards to deservedly get on the scoresheet. 5-1.
At this point Cheviot seem to capitulate unfortunately. They had been game all the way through and played some decent football but they now start to look a little ragged and Hill accelerate away. REDHEAD makes it 6-1 on 16 minutes after beating a couple of players and calmly finding the corner from 18 yards.,
On 17 minutes Redhead fires another shot in that the keeper just can’t hold and BOLTON is on hand again. 7-1. 3 minutes later and it’s 8-1 after Brookes win a brave a strong header despite a strong challenge from a couple of Teviot midfielders. BOLTON capitalises on it runs onto the ball and lifts it wide of the keeper on the angle from 12 yards.
Hill then leave their final flurry for the last few minutes. On 28 minutes Grace drills a great cross to the far post which finds Harris who plays a great header back across goal and BOLTON who now firmly has the taste for goal, reacts quickest, leaps onto the headed cross and heads home from close range. 9-1. 2 minutes later and we reach double figures when HARRIS gets another deserved goal 10-1 and finally GRACE makes it 11-1 with just 3 minutes left to play.
So a very comfortable win in the end and some great finishing. Clearly Hill will face more difficult assignments if we are to reach the final, but you can only beat what’s in front of you and they did it with menacing efficiency today.