Solid Start to the Season Continues Against Worthing Utd
It was a relatively young Worthing Utd side that came to Hanbury ultimately worked hard but left with nothing after a competent display on a hot August afternoon.
Manager Shaun Saunders was forced into just one change from Tuesday nights cup win with Joel Daly away Kane Louis returned to the starting line up with Max Miller moving to the right hand side. After a good performance on Tuesday George Fenton continued at right back with captain Nathan Cooper continuing alongside Omar Bukleb and Bailie Rogers at left back, behind them was again the experienced Simon Lehkyj. As Mentioned Max Miller was on the right with Jamie Weston on the left and George Hayward and Karly Akehurst in the centre. Alfie Rogers and Kane Louis lead the line. The bench consisted of the fit again Tom Graves, Luc Doherty and Karel Kutaa. Side lined still were Naim Rouane and Callum Saunders.
Heath started very brightly and made their intentions shown early on as both George Hayward and Karly Akehurst went close with strike just over the bar. Jamie Weston had the best opportunity after some great work by Max Miller but as he got onto the cross he just couldn’t keep his header down.
With 24 minutes played Max Miller was again asking the Worthing back line questions and after wriggling clear he was pulled back and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. It was Max Miller who stepped up but the keeper guessed correctly and made a fine save to keep the game all square.
Heath were then forced into an early substitution and reshuffle as George Hayward had to be replaced by Tom Graves.
Worthing kept working hard but struggled to get anything final in the last third, the closest to breaching the Heath goal line was a hooked cross that needed to be dealt with by the covering defender.
Heath kept the pressure on the young Worthing Utd side and Alfie Rogers went close on 28 minutes but his strike didn’t force the visitor’s keeper in to a save. A good passing move on 30 minutes’ saw strikes from both Alfie Rogers and Max Miller well blocked by the battling back line of Worthing, Millers blocked strike earned Heath another corner that they took full advantage of. Jamie Weston sent the corner in and skipper Nathan Cooper powered his header downwards and into the back of the net.
Heath 1-0 Worthing Utd
More efforts on goal continued as the half approached half time, Karly Akehurst was left frustrated as his powerful header was just over the bar. It was the Same for Alfie Rogers as with the goal at his mercy a superb covering block prevent him from adding to the score line.
Half Time Heath 1-0 Worthing Utd
Heath set off at full stem in the second half as they looked to double their lead in the game, Karly Akehurst dragged his early strike just wide of the post on 50 minutes and then a minute later a good ball in from Max Miller was met by Jamie Weston but the header didn’t have enough power to trouble the keeper.
Worthing kept looking to work the Heath side and it took another good header away from Omar Bukleb on 53 minutes to give the visitors a corner rather than a goal.
With 56 minutes played Heath finally extended their lead on the game, a brilliant through ball from Tom Graves found Max Miller who didn’t need to break stride and struck the ball first time across the keeper into the bottom corner.
Heath 2-0 Worthing Utd
Testament to Worthing they continued to look for something going forwards and they called Simon Lehkyj into his first save of the game on 58 minutes with the Heath keeper dealing with the low strike from distance well.
Heath made their second substitution of the afternoon on 60 minutes with Luc Doherty replacing Omar Bukleb and the Heath shape being shuffled.
Karly Akehurst again went close with a header just before the game was all but wrapped up, again another corner was put in and again a Heath head met the ball, this time Karly Akehurst’s header was low and on target and after a bit of a goal mouth scramble Alfie Rogers was able to get the final touch and toe the ball over the line.
Heath 3-0 Worthing
Again, Worthing tried to respond but the effort from distance was just over the bar.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes Alfie Rogers added another to his tally as Nathan Cooper met Jamie Weston’s corner and his header looked like the keeper would make the save before Alfie Rogers flicked the ball past him with his head.
Heath 4-0 Worthing
In the closing stages the Worthing keeper probably earned man of the match for his side as first between him, defender and post prevented Nathan Cooper from scoring and then made two fine saves at his near post to prevent Max Miller from adding to the score line.
Full Time Heath 4-0 Worthing Utd
Heath - Man of the Match selected by supporter Barb Lehkyj – Alfie Rogers – The youngster is growing week by week and two goals today starts to show how important he his.
Afterwards manager Shaun Saunders said “As always I’m delighted with the win and more so the clean sheet which was our 4th in a row, I would like to praise the referee as I felt he managed the game exceptionally well by using common sense rather than flashing cards which often happens. We now need to re-focus for a touch game at Peacehaven who had a very good win at Pagham today. ”
Video Highlights of today’s game filmed by Peter Chapman can be viewed on the HHTFC Youtube channel by clicking HERE
Photos of today’s game by Grahame Lehkyj can be viewed on his Flickr site by clicking HERE
Next Match – Peacehaven & Telscombe FC – Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 11am Kick Off – The Unibet Arena