With trips to last season's 3rd and 4th placed finishers in Sutton Common Rovers and Walton & Hersham respectively, and before that a local derby at Horley Town, some might have said the Lobsters would struggle to get many points on the board. Fast forward to today and the Reds have picked up 9 points from those three games, and in truth they've thoroughly deserved to win all three.
Redhill got off to a flyer at Walton & Hersham yesterday and led on 15 minutes thanks to an own goal, a Tony Halsey long throw was flicked in by an unlucky Swans man, it was just reward for the Reds early pressure. The lead was doubled ten minutes later, in-form striker Tony Halsey scoring his 6th goal in 6 games...he didn't know much about it though as the ball crashed off the bar, hit him in the face, and dropped in. But they all count as they say.
Gavin Gordon's men looked to be cruising to another away win but 2 minutes later the home side were back in it, Jon Trotter was penalised for holding in the area. It seemed soft but a spot kick was given and duly dispatched. Just when the Swans were getting a foothold in the game, they shot themselves in the foot once again 4 minutes later, when Halsey was allowed to run on to a long ball and smash past the Walton keeper to give the Reds their two goal cushion back.
The home side could have cut the deficit once more moments later and would have but for a brilliant save by the Reds stopper David Trivino as he acrobatically tipped over a header to keep it at 3-1. But a minute before half time the Swans were once again back in it, poor defending from the Reds lead to a good finish to make it 3-2 at the interval.
Early in the second half it seemed the momentum had swung the home side's way as they started brightly, no doubt buoyed by the goal just before the break. Trivino again had to make a smart stop with his legs to keep the Lobsters in front as the home side looked for an equaliser. There was an alarming moment on 54 minutes when a clash of heads saw a concussed Jon Trotter and a Walton player down for quite a while receiving treatment, with both having to be replaced; Trotter went to hospital after the game for stitches.
After the early second half pressure from the Swans, the Reds took back control and were looking for their 4th to really kill the game off. It came on the hour, Tony Halsey who was involved in all five goals won a flick on which found Francis Tango, the attacking midfield man took a touch and then fired home to make it 4-2. Halsey wrapped up his hat trick and the Reds 5th in the 90th minute, the unfortunate Walton keepers attempted clarence cannoning off Halsey and into an empty net as the striker had chased a long through ball to make it 5-2.
The Reds move up to 4th in the table, a fair reflection of the hard work being put in on the training ground in recent weeks. Next up its Forest Hill Park FC in the FA Vase at Kiln Brow on Saturday.
Updated 14:40 - 9 Sep 2018 by Jerry O'Leary