“Tony Halsey scored his 11th league goal of the campaign ”
Redhill made it 33 league goals in 9 games as they comfortably beat Abbey Rangers. Liam Sallis was back in goal for the Reds after pulling out in the warm up against AFC Hayes through illness. Other changes were made with games coming thick and fast. Lewis Taylor was back to partner Jon Trotter, with Harry Stow dropping to the bench. Gavin Long replaced in form Steve Burford at right back, while Tevon Webster started with Gary Abisogun named as a substitute.
The Lobsters brilliant form of late has seen them take early leads in games, the encounter with Abbey Rangers was no different taking the lead on 15 minutes. Kery Kedze did brilliantly to make some space for a dangerous cross which Tony Halsey met with a powerful header to score his 11th league goal of the season. It had been a bright opening to the game with both sides having early chances, but it was the Reds who broke the deadlock.
Shortly after, Halsey nearly got his second, this time it was Tevon Webster drilling a cross across the box past Halsey who was at full stretch and only inches away from making it 2-0. Redhill started take control of the match with Ashley Snadden pulling the strings in midfield. Their dominance showed just before the break when Tevon Webster made it 2-0. Right back Gavin Long joined in the attack and his dangerous low cross was expertly turned in by Webster at near post. The only negative for the Lobsters at half time was that Webster had to go off injured just after he'd scored his 5th goal in a Redhill shirt.
Abbey Rangers came out in the second half intent on making a battle of it and knowing that the Reds 2 goal lead wasn’t comfortable enough. It was competitive from the start, with neither side being able to make clear cut chances. The Lobsters back four were resolute, Trotter and Taylor dominant in the air, Long and Hill working hard on the flanks. Bolaji was ever-present, winning back possession and forcing errors from Rangers. Steve Buford and Kedze Kery were looking for chances to finish off Rangers, with Kedze coming closest as he looked to bend one past the far post.
Although beginning to tire in their second game in less than 48 hours, the Reds kept their focus and eventually wrapped up their 8th win in 9 games on 84 minutes. Jacob Mendy Mendy who scored a hat trick in midweek was the man of the moment, his fierce volley took a slight deflection past the hapless keeper but the Lobsters didn't care as they took all 3 points back to Kiln Brow.
Next Up - Banstead Athletic away on Tuesday evening.
Updated 20:35 - 15 Apr 2018 by Charlie Bright