SIL round-up: Liam Hillyard brace fires Achilles into second
- Credit: James Ager
Achilles moved up into second spot in the Touchline SIL Senior Division table after winning 5-2 away at Grundisburgh.
This was an entertaining game which was in the balance with 20 minutes to go, but ace striker Liam Hillyard came off the bench to score a brace and keep Achilles’ title hopes alive.
Luke Boggis hooked a shot over and Rene Swann missed a great chance as hosts Grundisburgh made a good start.
Swann was causing Achilles havoc and his pressure led to him back heeling the ball to Gary Bradlaugh to tap home on 20 minutes.
Straight from the restart the visitors equalised, as Gavin Van Oene’s cross was dropped by Grundisburgh goalkeeper Jamie Lloyd and Kieron Donovan shot home into an empty net.
On 36 minutes, Matty Ryland’s free kick picked out Sean Benneworth to head Achilles into the lead.
Van Oene was given space to hit a well placed shot low past Lloyd on 55 minutes to make it 3-1, before the hosts responded with Swann’s excellent run and pull-back picking out Ash Davis to smash home on the hour mark.
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Hillyard then came on and struck in the 71st and 77th minutes to wrap up the points for Achilles.
Elsewhere, Bramford United completed the double over Haughley United with a 3-1 win on Saturday.
Haughley had the better of the first half and took a 1-0 lead into half time, and they were denied a second goal by an important save from young Bramford goalkeeper Kieron Petty.
Bramford came out more determined in the second half and won an early penalty, which Harry Evans blasted wide.
David Shore then scored with two great strikes from outside the area to put Bramford in front.
Haughley tried to get back in the match, but the hosts defended solidly and scored a third to put the match beyond their opponents.
Stanton were unable to ease their relegation fears as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to Coplestonians.
Virgilio Leitao opened the scoring for Cops on 13 minutes, before Tim Street netted in second half added-time.