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First Team - Match centre

Haywards Heath Town FC
East Preston FC
A Laing (6'), J Spinks (61'), K Louis (67')
Full time
A Nicholson (32')
Tue 15 Jan 19:45 - Cup Attendance 87

Heath Await Semi Final Opponents

Heath booked their semi final place in the Sussex Senior Cup with a 3-1 win over East Preston

Heath saw off the SCFL's East Preston but didn't have it all their own was at Hanbury as East Preston proved resilient and worked Heath hard through the 90 minutes.

Heath settled the best of the two sides and after sustained early pressure Alex Laing opened the scoring in the 7th minute finishing well from distance leaving the East Peston keeper George Bentley rooted to the spot.

The visitors reacted well to going behind and it took two smart blocks to prevent Josh Heyburn from being tested.

Heath Vs East Preston by Grahame Lehkyj
11 photos

Laing almost doubled his and Heath's lead with a great effort on the volley after 16 minutes that crashed against the top of the crossbar.

Karly Akehurst's effort 5 minutes later need a good save low to the keepers left. Callum Saunders then opted for power over precision as he smashed wide from 10 yards.

With just a goal in it East Preston continued to look dangerous on the break, Josh Heyburn held an attempt straight at him on 27 minutes and then on 32 minutes a great ball out to the right saw the winger beat Luke Robinson before cutting the ball back across goal for Asa Nicholson to tap in.

The rest of the half played out without further incident as both sides went in at the break probably for slightly different team talks!

Half Time - Heath 1-1 East Preston

Heath's half time team talk obviously exacted a reaction as the second half Heath dominated but again were made to work hard for every chance. Only a perfectly timed tackle on Karly Akehurst prevented him from getting his shot away early in the half, and soon after Callum Saunders was again testing the keeper as his guided header toward the top corner needed palming away.

The back was now being well marshalled by Nathan Cooper, Josh Spinks, Sean Roddy and Luke Robinson as they shut down any attacks the visitors mounted.

With 59 minutes played Heath were awarded a dubious penalty as handball was awarded against the defender although it looked as if it hit him in the midriff. The visitors could thank keeper George Bentley moment later as he saved the penalty and they felt justice had been served.

The missed penalty didn't see heads drop and it was just minutes later when Heath took the lead for the second time in the match. A deep ball in by Alex Laing was headed back across goal by Melford Simpson and Josh Spinks headed in from 6 yards out.

The game was wrapped up in the 65th minute when Kane Louis picked up a loose clearance 30 yards out and struck an effort that bounced up just in front of the keepers dive to seal Heath's passage to the semi final.

Max Miller saw a fine effort on 68 minutes well saved and pushed onto the post by a full length dive.

Heath then managed the match and used their 3 substitutes most noticeably Under 18 goal machine Ollie Broad making his debut and as the match entered injury time Alex Laing released the youngster but from a tight angle he chose team over self and looked to find Callum Saunders that the covering defender got just in time to clear the danger.

Full Time Heath 3-1 East Preston

MOM - Match Sponsor Barbara Lehkyj chose Josh Spinks for a fine performance at the back.

A reminder that Saturday's match against Guerney FC will kick off at 1pm

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Josh Spinks

Player of the Match

Josh Spinks

Key moments

6:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town FC
32:00
Goal Asa Nicholson scores for East Preston FC
61:00
Goal Josh Spinks scores for Haywards Heath Town FC
67:00
Goal Kane Louis scores for Haywards Heath Town FC

Videos and photos

Heath Vs East Preston by Grahame Lehkyj
11 photos

Highlights

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86:01 Sub On
Tyrese Gray-Branford is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town FC
86:01 Sub Off
Josh Spinks is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town FC
86:00 Sub On
Ollie Broad is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town FC
86:00 Sub Off
Max Miller is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town FC
83:00 Sub On
David Matthews is substituted on for East Preston FC
83:00 Sub Off
Jack Barnes is substituted off for East Preston FC
80:00 Sub On
David Matthews is substituted on for East Preston FC
80:00 Sub Off
Lucas Pattenden is substituted off for East Preston FC
78:00 Sub Off
Asa Nicholson is substituted off for East Preston FC
78:00 Sub On
Jake Heryet is substituted on for East Preston FC
77:00 Yellow Card
Kane Louis is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town FC
72:00 Yellow Card
Jack Barnes is yellow carded for East Preston FC
67:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town FC
67:00 Goal 3 - 1
Kane Louis scores for Haywards Heath Town FC
65:00 Sub On
Kieran Rowe is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town FC
65:00 Sub Off
Luke Robinson is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town FC
61:00 Goal 2 - 1
Josh Spinks scores for Haywards Heath Town FC
61:00 Assist
Melford Simpson makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town FC
58:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Jenkins is yellow carded for East Preston FC
41:00 Yellow Card
Nathan De Costa is yellow carded for East Preston FC
32:00 Goal 1 - 1
Asa Nicholson scores for East Preston FC
6:00 Goal 1 - 0
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town FC
End of period
Player of the Match
Josh Spinks is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town FC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town FC
  • East Preston FC
  • 0
  • Alex Laing Goal 6:00'
  • Asa Nicholson Goal 32:00'
  • Nathan De Costa Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Lewis Jenkins Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Melford Simpson Assist 61:00'
  • Josh Spinks Goal 61:00'
  • Luke Robinson Sub Off 65:00'
  • Kieran Rowe Sub On 65:00'
  • Kane Louis Goal 67:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Jack Barnes Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Kane Louis Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Asa Nicholson Sub Off 78:00'
  • Jake Heryet Sub On 78:00'
  • Lucas Pattenden Sub Off 80:00'
  • David Matthews Sub On 80:00'
  • Jack Barnes Sub Off 83:00'
  • David Matthews Sub On 83:00'
  • Max Miller Sub Off 86:00'
  • Ollie Broad Sub On 86:00'
  • Josh Spinks Sub Off 86:01'
  • Tyrese Gray-Branford Sub On 86:01'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Roddy, Sean Roddy, Sean
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Robinson, Luke Robinson, Luke
Miller, Max Miller, Max
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
East Preston FC
  • 1. George Bentley
  • 2. Nathan De Costa
  • 3. Lewis Jenkins
  • 4. Scott Slaughter
  • 5. Josh Etherington
  • 6. Matt Seale
  • 7. Lucas Pattenden
  • 8. Jack Barnes
  • 9. Daniel Huet
  • 10. Asa Nicholson
  • 11. Luke Brodie
  • 12. Sam Pidgeon
  • 13. Tom Crook
  • 14. Joe Gilbey
  • 15. David Matthews
  • 16. Jake Heryet

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