Boro beat leaders and rise to top
HILDENBOROUGH went into their Haart Kent County League Division One game against Metrogas mindful that six weeks previously, when the sides last met, Hildenborough were hammered 4-0.
They were then 10 points behind their opponents, who have led the title race near enough all season.
But since then a lot of football had been played and Hildenborough had won their last eight games in a row, including the Charity Cup Final, to sit two points off Metrogas.
A win for the leaders would secure the title, but victory for Hildenborough would put them one point clear going into the final game of the season.
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Hildenborough had the better chances of the first half. Adam Phillips was unlucky with a header going to the side netting from a Steve Ashmore free-kick.
Dean Spenceley hit a left-foot half-volley that would have headed into the top corner, but for an amazing save from the home keeper.
Metrogas put pressure on the away side in the last five minutes of the half and had their best chance from a corner, but headed over from close range.
Five minutes into the second half, a good move from Hildenborough started from the back and worked its way up to Smith, who laid a ball out to Joe Adams just inside the left-hand side of the box.
He took a touch and played a low hard cross that beat the keeper, and with Dean Spenceley about to put the ball into an empty net, a Metrogas defender beat him to it.
This was a memorable victory for the club with the team outstanding and everyone playing their part, but it means nothing unless Hildenborough can match or better the Metrogas result this weekend in the last game of the season at Fleetdown United.