Our second game of the season against Hillingdon Borough FC was nothing short of all the drama of exhilaration to an almost certain defeat (well thankfully it wasn’t an all out war considering the established mutual respect for both sides). We went into this game high in confidence that nothing short of 3 points will be achieved, as this was our first home game. As one can imagine, not everything goes according to plan..
Hillingdon Borough FC had just come off their first heavy defeat and were keen to redress the record. We were expecting a showdown game from them and they didn’t disappoint. From the start of the game they came off the blocks and after about twenty seconds past the half hour mark they scored the first goal via a deflection. It wasn’t long before we equalised courtesy of Francis Williams the reliable striker. 1-1 at half-time and we knew we had to step up the pressure to get the win and in the second half we dominated but for some uncanny sloppy finishing, we should have put the game to bed. And we were punished by conceding a second goal 10 minutes before the end. We dusted ourselves off and got to work, searching for the equaliser and our efforts were rewarded at 5 minutes to the end when David Owura Gabor lashed on to a through ball and smashed it in the bottom left had corner of the goal. 2-2 it stood but that wasn’t the end of the drama. Hillingdon Borough FC were certain that they got the winner about less than 2 mins to the end, from a brilliant interchange play from the right flank and a perfect delivered low cross across the 18 yard box was met by a timely powerful strike from their winger, only for our stand-in goalkeeper/coach, Peter Egwuagu, to make an incredible save by shuffling across his goal line and blocking the shot. In the dying seconds of the game we could have got the winner but for a good save from their goalkeeper, with a shot from Francis Williams. The game ended 2-2 but we are very much aware this was a game that points were dropped.