Hillingdon Borough 0 Aveley 1
HILLINGDON were condemned to relegation as they slumped to a home defeat to table-toppers Aveley on Saturday.
Although dominant in possession, the visitors failed to create any clear-cut chances throughout the game and eventually won it with a penalty.
In the early stages Aveley had half chances, but failed to hit the target, Joao Carlos going closest when his shot was tipped around the post by Ben Harris.
Hillingdon's best chance was foiled by the referee when he blew for a foul, just as Sam Jolliffe was breaking clear of the defence.
In the second half the home side had a few chances, but either shot from distance or failed to pick out the vital pass.
It was on a counter-attack that Aveley took the lead. Neil Richmond had a shot blocked by Dave Stevens, and was as surprised as everybody else when a penalty was awarded.
Petrit Elbi stepped up and crashed home an unstoppable spot kick. For the remainder of the game it was Hillingdon who pressed, looking for an equaliser, and Sam Warrell shot into the side netting from a Steve Midega through ball. Zac Gill was just off target with a long-range effort, and Lucas Williams was denied with a stumbling save after his shot was deflected.
With the home side pressing, they were always liable to be hit on the break, but good defensive play from Dave Stevens and David Pugh, in particular, denied the league leaders.
However, Hillingdon could not find a way back, and look likethey will be playing a step down the pyramid.