Bor­ough show ‘tremen­dous char­ac­ter’ to hold on to win

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

HILLING­DON Bor­ough climbed to sixth in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One ta­ble af­ter a 3-2 vic­tory over bot­tom side Cod­i­cote on Satur­day.

A smart Paul Mur­phy fin­ish was fol­lowed by a quickly-taken free kick which found Amin Be­laid, who duly slot­ted home to make it two in­side 13 min­utes. As the half pro­gressed, Boro should have in­creased their lead but missed sev­eral gilt-edged chances, strik­ing the post in the process.

The vis­i­tors made Boro pay and halved the deficit, but af­ter strik­ing the post again in the sec­ond half, top goalscorer Mar­cus Greenidge re­stored the hosts’ two-goal lead in the 70th minute af­ter neatly lift­ing the ball over the keeper.

Boro then hit the wood­work again, but it was Cod­i­cote who struck next with a long-range free kick to set up a ner­vous fin­ish and, de­spite huge amounts of pres­sure late on from the vis­i­tors, Boro held on.

With man­ager Kurt Her­bert away, as­sis­tant Cipri Ciprian was de­lighted, say­ing: “I was very im­pressed with the pas­sion and de­sire that our play­ers showed and we showed tremen­dous char­ac­ter to hold on.”

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