Heath Impressive at Hanbury
Newhaven is always a good test and today the Heath players rose to the challenge and banked the 3 points at Hanbury
Manager Shaun Saunders was back in the hot seat after missing Tuesday nights match and named the following starting line up. Simon Lehkyj continued in goal, at full back was Luc Doherty and Bailie Rogers, Jahmahl King skippered the side and partnered Nathan Cooper at the heart of the defense. Jamie Weston returned to the starting line up and Max Miller provided the width on the other side. In the middle was the pairing of Karly Akehurst and Scott Chamberlain. George Hayward returned and supported Trevor McCreadie up front. It was a strong bench that consisted of Tom Graves, Joe Dryer, Alfie Rogers, Joel Daly and Kane Louis
Heath started the game very positively and on the front foot, Newhaven were here to play and you could see that they wanted to play at the back and try and find the space for their top scorer Lee Robinson to get on the ball.
An early free kick from Nathan Cooper didn’t trouble Jake Buss in the Newhaven goal at the other end on 6 minutes Simon Lehkyj held on to a snap shot from Lee Robinson.
Heath were playing well in the middle and linking up play from front to back and on 7 minutes the increased work rate force the centre half to play the ball back towards his keeper, Trevor McCreadie read it well and cut it out giving a clear run at goal, despite the angle he did really well to fire the ball across Buss into the far corner for an early lead.
Heath 1-0 Newhaven
The goal sparked the visitors into life and on 10 minutes Simon Lehkyj made a smart stop again from Lee Robinson, Heath were playing some good football but could find that finishing touch with a prime example of Jamie Weston fizzing a head high ball across the 6 yard box that Trevor McCreadie just missed making good contact with.
Newhaven had their best spell of the half around the 20 minute mark winning a succession of corners but saw one strike well blocked and one ball fizz across the goal.
Karly Akehurst went close for Heath on 23 minutes but the first time effort as the ball came out of the air could only be stabbed wide.
The second goal of the game came on 31 minutes and it was a great build that saw Scott Chamberlain thread a ball through to Bailie Rogers and his cross was inch perfect for Trevor McCreadie to head in from 3 yards out.
Heath 2-0 Newhaven
The rest of the half played out without further clear cut chances as the defences of both side reigned supreme.
Half Time Heath 2-0 Newhaven
Newhaven started the second half the brighter of the two sides as they looked for a way back into the match, they were rewarded on 49 minutes when Lee Robinson found space through the centre and although his lobbed attempt was off target he and Heath keeper Simon Lehkyj collided after the ball had gone of which the referee awarded a penalty and showed Lehkyj a yellow card for the offence. Lee Robinson then sent Lehkyj the wrong way from the spot to lift the hopes of the visiting supporters.
Heath 2-1 Newhaven
It was almost an instant response from Heath but somehow Max Miller could not make good enough contact from close range and the Newhaven stopper managed to scoop the ball away with his legs.
The match started to become end to end with both sides knowing how important the next goal would be, Lehkyj held on to a simple strike while at the other end Newhaven defended in numbers and managed to block Karly Akehurst strike from six yards out.
Heath kept pressing and shortly after Jamie Weston saw his effort well blocked by the alert keeper, Karly Akehurst raced into the box and got to the ball before the defender and went over under the out stretched leg. The referee immediately pointed to the spot for the second time in the match. Trevor McCreadie stepped up and fired into the top corner to complete a well-deserved hat trick.
Heath 3-1 Newhaven
Max Miller then made way for Joel Daly who would go up against his brother Henry who was the Newhaven left back.
Newhaven then saw another strike held by Lehkyj while back at the other end a brilliant ball across the 6 yard box from Trevor McCreadie found Georg Hayward but another superb stop saw Heath’s lead remain to just the 2 goals.
With 71 minutes played a mistake in the Heath back line allowed Newhaven in but again it was a top save from Lehkyj this time to prevent Newhaven getting back into the game.
Heath made their second change with Joe Dryer replacing Jamie Weston on the left.
Scott Chamberlain who had been having a great match in the center couldn’t get his strike on target on 76 minutes.
With 10 minutes remaining George Hayward made way for the ever dependable Tom Graves as Heath looked to see the game out.
With the clock ticking down Newhaven saw a chance headed over and Joe Dryer saw a rash strike go high and wide, Nathan Cooper now in midfield saw a powerful strike well blocked as it headed towards the top corner.
As the game entered injury time Newhaven again headed over the bar and this time Joe Dryers effort was well held down low. The final chance of the match again saw Newhaven break at pace but again found Simon Lekyj in great form as he first made the save then reacted quick enough to gather the loose ball.
Full Time Heath 3-1 Newhaven
Man of the Match – awarded by Supporter Mick Loosen – Trevor McCreadie – another 3 goals as he closes in on the top scorers in the league. Editors Notes – Simon Lehkyj made some really important stops today and was alert throughout the game and Scott Chamberlain had a superb game in the middle dictating play.
Afterwards manager Shaun Saunders said “I’m really pleased how we performed today obviously after the mid-week defeat I wanted a reaction and we started strong and played well throughout controlling the game. Newhaven always pose that quick attacking threat but we dealt really well with that and Trevor was once again clinical in front of goal”.
Next Match –Chichester City FC – Tuesday 3rd October 7:45pm Kick Off @Hanbury in the Sussex Senior Cup Rd 1