On a sodden Tuesday evening, high flying Broxbourne Borough were held to a goalless draw by a gritty Hillingdon Borough in an uneventful encounter at Goff’s Lane. The hosts left a number of key players on the substitutes bench, including Daryl Mitchell,
Both sides struggled to cope with the adverse weather conditions in the opening stages, and the game was very scrappy and physical. The majority of the first half was contested in the midfield, and it was an extremely cagey affair.
Just shy of the half time interval, the referee Russell Howes hobbled of with a knee injury, and he was replaced by linesman Peter Panayotiou, and it turned out to be the most intriguing part of the first period. As Panayotiou blew for half time, Boro went into the dressing room disconsolate, after the lacklustre first half performance.
Nevertheless, Broxbourne gaffer Mark Beels stated his attacking intent, as he replaced Rory Brien, Mark Brennan and Billy Wingrove, with Murat Karagul, Daryl Mitchell and Charlie Moxam respectively.
Mitchell almost made an immediate impact on the contest, as he delivered a probing corner to Boro stalwart Matt WATTS (pictured, whose header thundered against the woodwork to the frustration of the Boro contingent.
Beel’s substitutions were almost fully vindicated, as Mitchell made a great pass to Karagul, who made an exquisite turn, only to be prevented from breaking the deadlock by Hillingdon keeper Triston Thomas.
As the game approached the hour mark, Broxbourne continued to control the game, however it was to no avail, as the visitors back four remained resilient, despite being put under relentless pressure.
As the game entered the latter stages, Boro were denied a penalty after a controversial decision to wave away penalty appeals. This angered the home side as Danny Ward was blatantly obstructed.
In the closing minutes, Broxbourne attempted to salvage three points from the match, although they failed to break down Hillingdon’s resolute defence. Therefore, the encounter ended 0-0, and Boro were prevented from recording their fifth victory in succession.
In their next home fixture, Broxbourne entertain Colney Heath as they look to step up their bid to claim a position in the top three, which would be a significant achievement.
Reporter: Joshua Gorton
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