Chilt went into this game with major selection issues. Leading goalscorer Weedon and first choice centre half Matt Langley were both away. Also missing were Leppard, Hilditch, De Gruchy, McCafferty, Dann, Rickman and Newton. Tom Reeves, Liam Briscoe and Lorne Andrews stepped up from the reserves.
Chilt have always struggled at Henfield so the pre-match discussion was about starting strongly and trying to dominate the midfield. Henfield looked to have a strong line up with Ollie Parsons recently returning from Upper Beeding.
Within 5 minutes Chilt were awarded a penalty when Tom Gander lunged in on Ash Hills. Charlie Monaghan stepped up but Ben Menday produced a good save to deny Chilt the lead. However, only a few minutes later, Hills chased down a back pass and managed to steal the ball off Menday and slotted well from a tight angle. Hills got his second shortly after, when he hit an absolute screamer from 25 yards. Hills got his hat trick when he pressurised Tom Gander and managed to get possession of the ball and finished superbly to make it 3-0. This all happened within the opening 25 minutes and Hills was causing all sorts of trouble and proving to be a great replacement for Weedon. He has been excellent since joining the club on the right wing but he could easily play up top as well.
Henfield started the second half strongly and Steve Mundy scored to put some pressure on Chilt. However, 5 minutes later Craig Pulling controlled a bouncing ball just inside the Henfield box and volleyed accurately into the bottom corner. The game then became very stretched with both teams having some chances.
Overall, it was an excellent performance with so many players missing. Tom Reeves was excellent in the first half and will be pushing for a regular first team spot. Monaghan and Burns were again dominant in the midfield and provided great quality on the ball. The partnership between Craig Pulling and Hills worked well and could provide an alternative strike force for future games. M.O.M Hills.
It appears that Chilt will be in cup action for the next three weeks. This week Chilt are away to Stedham in the MS Cup, 1.30pm kick off.