A frustrating game of "fine margins" which was hotly competed where the Sheers definitely had some quality chances in front of goal. Despite a couple of decent saves by Sheerwater's Harvey Rackley-Hayes, chances went begging as clinical finishing by the home side proved to be the killer difference.
Our travel down the M25 to our opponents was a good chance to get something from the Lobsters who had a management change in the week leading up to the match. Despite the Sheers putting in a good performance and chances in both halves, the Sheers left frustrated for not at least getting a draw.
The Lobsters took the lead after only two minutes when Max Oldham’s cross into the Sheers box was luckily deflected back across goal, falling back to Oldham who scored from a tight angle. 1-0.
On 6 minutes, Sheerwater's Danilo Cadete caused panic in the Lobsters' penalty area who were lucky not to concede an own goal.
On 13 minutes the Sheers were level with Joe Gritt's up field pass into the opponent’s area for Josh Dillon to tee up Danilo Cadete who instantly brought the ball down and steered the ball home low into the corner of the net. 1-1.
On 23 minutes Danilo Cadete kept possession and found Cameron Edwin who drove a fizzing shot that was deflected behind for a corner. On 28 minutes, both Josh Dillon and Danilo Cadete scuffed their shots in succession.
Our man between the sticks, Harvey Rackley-Hayes, had to save low down from a shot from Serge Makoro in the minutes that followed. The 35th minute marked a notable chance for Sheerwater to find the net as Mark Dunckley's header from a corner was cleared off the line.
In the closing minutes of the first half, Joe Barley did well to defend for the visitors, and at the other end, Mark Dunckley had another header saved from an inswinging corner.
10 minutes after the teams returned for the second period, Danilo Cadete broke away from the Lobsters defence but volleyed over the bar due to the presence of the Lobsters' defender. The Lobsters called Harvey Rackley-Hayes into action again on 57 minutes, punching clear a headed effort by Carl Oblitey.
Within a minute of some good defending by the Sheers, Redhill's number 9, Carl Oblitey, penetrated the Sheerwater area, then swivelled to squeeze his shot into the corner of the net. 2-1.
Redhill goalkeeper McEntegart came rushing out with a winning save, using his legs to save a shot by Sheers substitute Rayjon Moore. Luke Cox had a shot that was palmed away for a corner subsequent to this before Rackley-Hayes kept Sheerwater in the game with yet another super save.
With time counting down, the Sheers couldn't quite execute in a six-pass passage of play, which broke down on the final pass. Nine minutes from time, the Sheers were denied an equaliser, with the flag raised as substitute Luke Taylor slotted home from a pass by Danilo Cadete. A well-placed free kick for the home side hit the Sheers wall and then Sheerwater likely should have been level after a great movement by Cadete to set up Rayjon Moore. The unmarked Moore heading wide of the target from this crucial chance.
The Sheers continued to push for an equaliser into added time. From a Sheerwater corner, Rackley-Hayes and a flurry of bodies crowded the Redhill box, the ball fell to Danilo Cadete who volleyed his strike into the Lobsters' net. Sheerwater were denied this late equaliser as Lofthouse-Smith was judged to have impeded a Redhill player, being penalised for a foul.
FT: Redhill 2-1 Sheerwater
Sheerwater: Harvey Rackley-Hayes, Will Shaw, Joe Barley (Carl Prestidge 80'), Luke Cox, Mark
Dunckley, Joe Gritt, Danilo Cadete ©, Callum Coen (Alfie Gibbons 86'), Cameron Edwin (Jamie Lofthouse-Smith 68'), Josh Dillon (Luke Taylor 80'), Jack Cleevely (Rayjon Moore 63')