The Reds finally got back to match action and welcomed CB Hounslow to Kiln Brow after a couple of weeks without a game. Gavin Gordon was missing goalkeeper Rhys Hughes through injury, the young stopper is likely to miss the remainder of the season. Liam Sallis wore the gloves for the Reds in his absence, Gavin Long started at right back, with Jacob Mendy-Mendy at left back. Tony Halsey and Tevon Webster led the line for the Lobsters!
The match started with a very competitive feel to it, both sides trying to play at a high tempo. Ashley Snadden was first to try his luck from a free kick, his strike didn't worry Forster in the CB goal. Gavin Long then burst into the Dragons area but was stopped in his tracks, as Redhill started to take control of the contest.
The Lobsters took the lead on 27 minutes, it was a scrappy one but they all count. Kery Kedze done well to get in behind the Hounslow defence, his cross finally found it's way to Tony Halsey who tucked the ball home from close range. If his first goal was a bit of a poachers finish, his second certainly wasn't. Gary Abisogun showed great close control to work some space, his attempted ball over the top was headed up in the air and as the ball dropped Halsey sent a stunning volley into the top corner from 20 yards, leaving Forster no chance.
The Dragons were finding it hard to cause the Reds many problems, apart from Kai Hamilton that was the pacey winger was a thorn in the home teams side all evening. His pace and direct play was causing problems, he bought a decent stop out of Liam Sallis after a good run. It was the winger who helped the visitors back into the game on 41 minutes finding Harrison Livingstone 8 yards out with the striker firing low into the net.
The second half started much like the first, chances were again at a premium. You could sense both sides knew how important the next goal was going to be in the outcome of this match. Kai Hamilton was still the man to stop, and skipper Jon Trotter done that with two outstanding challenges that stopped the nippy winger from getting in on goal. Harry Stow joined in also making a great challenge as Hamilton looked to break in behind the Lobsters backline.
Hamilton wasn't to be denied though, first he set up Gavin Bamford who levelled the contest up on 65 minutes with a simple finish, and then turned the game on its head two minutes later, running onto a through ball and firing under Sallis to give the visitors the lead. The Reds were stunned, and had to show some character if they were to get anything out of the game.
Gavin Gordon made a double change with 20 minutes to play, bringing on Fred Hill at left back meaning Mendy-Mendy moved to a more advanced position and Steve Burford trying to give the Reds some impetus. IT WORKED!
Spanish winger Mendy-Mendy was so unlucky on 75 minutes, as his fierce strike rattled the cross-bar, with Tony Halsey not quite connecting with the follow up! Jon Trotter rallied the troops with 6 minutes to go, he could sense they'd be another chance for his side - he was right! An Ashley Snadden free kick was headed down by Trotter and Tony Halsey was on hand to turn the ball in to make it 3-3 with five minutes to play, and complete his hat-trick.
Redhill weren't done there and went after all three points, Mendy-Mendy causing the dragons problems with his pace and direct running. As the clock ticked past 90 minutes, it looked as though the Lobsters would have to settle for a point, but there was one final twist. Forster in the Hounslow goal had shown what a talent he is going to be, but he couldn't quite push away a fierce Fred Hill drive, with the ball dropping to Tony Halsey who bundled the ball over the line to give the Reds all three points. It was cruel on the young stopper, but the Reds weren't feeling guilty and held on to take all three points in an absolute thriller.
Updated 10:10 - 14 Mar 2018 by Charlie Bright