Heath suffer defeat at Hanbury
It wasn’t Heath’s night as they fell to defeat at Hanbury for the first time this season
There was a change to the line up from Saturday’s win over Eastbourne Utd Simon Lehkyj returned in goal with Josh Heyburn still suffering from a groin injury, Luc Doherty, Jahmahl King and Bailie Rogers remained in the back line joined by Nathan Cooper. In Midfield Max Miller and Joe Dryer started again with Karly Akehurst and Scott Chamberlain in the middle. Kane Louis supported Trevor McCreadie up front. Heath had a strong bench of Tom Graves, Jack Whitmore, Alfie Rogers, Joel Daly and Jamie Weston.
It was a rapid start from both sides looking to make an early impact on the game, the visitors flashed a shot across goal, Heath responded with Joe Dryer intercepting a pass in the middle of the park but his strike was just wide of the target. Luc Doherty then tried from distance but couldn’t find the target. Kane Louis then tried from distance but again unable to test the keeper as the visitors started to apply pressure to Heath.
The visitors started to grow into the game and capitalised on a mistake with 19 minutes played, from a Heath throw in the visitors won the ball back and put their striker through, he calmly lobbed the ball over the helpless Simon Lehkyj in the Heath goal to grab the early advantage.
Heath 0-1 Eastbourne Town
The lead was almost doubled just 3 minutes later but Simon Lehkyj made a good stop clawing the ball out of the top corner. Heath seemed to be growing frustrated as the hard working visitors gave no time on the ball and continued to break up any flow in the game.
With the good natured and boisterous away support of Pier Pressure behind the Heath goal it seemed to spur the visitors on but strikes from distance flew over the top and didn’t trouble Lehkyj.
Just before the break Heath almost drew level as Max Miller did brilliantly on the right before cutting the ball back to Karly Akehurst but his first time strike was inches the wrong side of the post.
Half Time Heath 0-1 Eastbourne Town
The second half didn’t start well for Heath as with just 5 minutes played Eastbourne doubled their advantage. Nathan Cooper got caught the wrong side of the striker and as he tried to recover with a sliding tackle all he took was the man. A penalty was awarded along with a yellow card for Cooper. Liam Baitup stepped up and put the ball down the middle with Simon Lehkyj going to his left.
Heath 0-2 Eastbourne Town
The goal seemed to spark Heath into life, Joe Dryer did well on the left before cutting in but couldn’t generate the power on his right to really test the keeper. Minutes later a Heath corner was not cleared by the visitors but Max Miller saw his strike blocked for another corner. The pressure continued as the ball fell to Nathan Cooper and the keeper pulled off a fine stop to his right to somehow keep the ball out. This time the corner in found Jahmahl King who despite having his shirt pulled head back across goal, the ball was then headed up and as Karly Akehurst competed for the header he was pushed in the back and the referee Lee Cramp pointed to the spot for the second time in the match. Trevor McCreadie stepped up and found the bottom corner to bring some hope to the Heath side.
Heath 1-2 Eastbourne Town
The hope was short lived as just 2 minutes later the 2 goal advantage was restored. The visitors won a corner and the deep ball in was headed back across goal and met by the Eastbourne captain who headed in unchallenged.
Heath 1-3 Eastbourne Town
Heath made their first change of the evening with Jamie Weston replacing Joe Dryer in midfield. The match settled with few chances, Eastbourne Town fired over from close range following a long throw routine. Jamie Weston saw a direct free kick easily held on 70 minutes and the visitors again saw an effort from distance go well wide.
Max Miller was replaced by Joel Daly for the remaining 15 minutes of the match. Simon Lehkyj then made an important stop at his near post to keep the hope alive.
On 83 minutes Heath were awarded a free kick on the right, Joel Daly put in the delivery and Jahmahl King was able to guide the ball in off what looked like his thigh for his first Heath goal.
Heath 2-3 Eastbourne Town
With just a minute of normal time remaining Trevor McCreadie was set free and clear on goal, the chasing defender certainly took one for the team as he cynically tripped McCreadie 5 yards outside the box. The defender and Captain received a straight red card and left without dispute. The resulting free kick from Scott Chamberlain was over the top and that is where Heath’s hope of getting a point ended.
Full Time Heath 2-3 Eastbourne Town
Man of the Match – Luc Doherty – Worked hard on the right all night
Afterwards coach Roy Staughton said “It was a frustrating night where we never got going, to be fair to Eastbourne Town they wanted it that much more and never gave us chance to get into our normal stride. We will re-group this week and look to put things right ready for our next tough match against Newhaven on Saturday”.
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 – SCFL Premier – Saturday 30th September 3pm Kick Off Hanbury Stadium