SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS PREMIER
Hillingdon Borough 1
Hillingdon Borough manager Jason O’Connor was disappointed at the manner of Hillingdon Borough’s defeat against Biggleswade at the weekend.
The Boro boys were beaten 2-1 on Saturday and O’Connor pulled no punches in his assessment of his team’s performance.
He said: “We were the better team out there and we’ve just given them both goals. All the hard work we’ve put into the match has been thrown away through players not doing the very basics.”
A lively start to the match saw both sides inches away from taking the lead.
First, Hillingdon striker Rob Laney rounded the keeper and sent a shot towards goal but he was to be denied by Biggleswade defender Luke Jones.
Then, following a quick break by the home side, James Peters fed Tom Cookman who got away from the visiting defence.
His shot looked destined for the bottom corner but hit the post and was cleared away. A minute later Jason Darvall chested in a cross from Sam Nair but was deemed offside.
The opening goal came after twenty minutes. Goalkeeper Matthew Faley allowed too much time for his clearance, allowing Cookman to block the ball and steer it into the empty net.
And the decisive goal came with just seven minutes of the match left and was again due to defensive slackness from Hillingdon.
Paul Somers’s back-pass to Faley was short and yet again, the clearance was charged down, allowing Nair to pass the ball into an empty net.
A tactical reshuffle saw Kieron Gradwell come into midfield and he was able to deliver an intelligent ball through to Laney who reduced the arrears with a composed finish - but it was all for nothing as the hosts held on.
The recent bad weather has disrupted Hillingdon’s schedule and their rearranged match against Harefield could be under threat.
Boro were 3-2 winners at home to Oxhey Jets on Tuesday night.