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Haywards Heath Town
Saltdean United
A Rogers (48'), K Akehurst (7'), T McCreadie (23')
Full time
Tue 10 Oct 19:30 - SCFL - Premier Division Attendance 165

Heath Stay Top With Win Against Saltdean

The old boys didn't come back to haunt the Blues.

Haywards Heath maintained their lead at the top of the SCFL Premier Division with a 3-0 win over Saltdean United at Hanbury Stadium on Tuesday evening. An impressive crowd of 165 turned out for the mid-week fixture in a contest which saw four of Heath’s 2015/16 Division One title winning team lining up for the Tigers.

There was somewhat of the unknown coming into this contest, with newly promoted Saltdean ‘doing a Heath’ having won the Division One title last season and now making good headway in the Premier Division with a squad full of known names from Sussex County Football.

It didn’t take long for the first goal to come, and it went to the home side as Karly Akehurst got a toe to the ball at the near post in the 8th minute from Scott Chamberlain’s in-swinging freekick out on the left.

Saltdean tried to impose themselves on the game by putting in some strong challenges, but after referee Robert King gave out a booking for a trip, he’d set himself a very low tolerance level by which to judge all subsequent challenges. The referee’s whistle dominated the first period, with the yellow card making multiple appearances.

Heath got their second goal from the penalty spot in the 24th minute when Saltdean captain Ash Jones had two pulls at Trevor McCreadie in the area. Heath’s leading scorer notched his 11th league goal of the season as he sent young Tigers’ keeper Jordan Hawkins the wrong way.

Joel Daly unleashed a vicious strike from the right on the half hour, but his effort was saved well by Hawkins.

In the 40th minute, a corner in from the right by Weston was headed back towards goal by a Saltdean defender, Akehurst connected with a header near the goal line, but it went the wrong side of the crossbar.

Half- Time: Haywards Heath Town 2-0 Saltdean United

The game was put to bed early in the second half, as with just 4 minutes on the clock, Alfie Rogers - under pressure from two men - dug out a cross from the right which flew past Hawkins in the Saltdean goal and into the far left corner of the net!

With the game settled, multiple substitutions followed, with all the intensity of the first half now a distant memory.

Jamie Weston waltzed his way down the left wing in the 52nd minute and put the ball right across the six yard box, but McCreadie failed to connect

Saltdean did finally force Josh Heyburn into making a save of note in the 69th minute as he brilliantly kept out the ball low to his right following a scramble in the area.

Karly Akehurst then headed over from a corner in the 72nd minute.

The closing minutes saw Blues’ substitute Bailie Rogers playing in attack. The usual left-back spurned a golden opportunity to score when Hawkins slipped over, but his effort went high over the bar. In stoppage time, Jamie Weston found Rogers on the edge of the six yard box, but his touch let him down, only managing to stab the ball wide with the outside of his boot.

Either side of Rogers’ two chances, Joel Daly had another chance down the right, but once again Hawkins kept the shot out with a good save.

Final-Score: Haywards Heath Town 3-0 Saltdean United

It was a fine win for Heath who’ve found it hard to beat teams around them in the league over the past 18 months. After losing 3-2 at home to Eastbourne Town a few weeks ago, this was a much welcome three points on a night where the SCFL fixtures finally went to form in what has been an unpredictable season so far.

Man Of The Match: Luc Doherty. Heath’s attacking right-back showed his class tonight, being effective at both ends of the field. He was the main recipient of some tasty challenges, but survived. That alone would have been enough to take home the bubbly!

After the match, Haywards Heath manager Shaun Saunders said:
Tonight I’m naturally delighted with the win, but even more so with the clean sheet that I strive for every game – especially when you come up against quality opposition.

Saltdean have some top players in their ranks, but we controlled the game all over the park, limiting them to just the one real chance in the game. We took our chances tonight when it mattered and we must now prepare to do it again on Saturday with another tough test in Loxwood.

Key moments

7:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
23:00
Goal Trevor McCreadie scores for Haywards Heath Town
48:00
Goal Alfie Rogers scores for Haywards Heath Town

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Josh Heyburn keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Joe Dryer keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Tom Graves keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Nathan Cooper keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Luc Doherty keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Luc Doherty is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Sub Off
Karly Akehurst is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Sub On
Jack Whitmore is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Yellow Card
Karly Akehurst is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
85:00 Sub On
Bailie Rogers is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
85:00 Sub Off
Trevor McCreadie is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
81:00 Sub Off
Alfie Rogers is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
81:00 Sub On
Jahmahl King is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
56:00 Yellow Card
Matt Flemming is yellow carded for Saltdean United
48:00 Goal 3 - 0
Alfie Rogers scores for Haywards Heath Town
36:00 Yellow Card
Wes Mills is yellow carded for Saltdean United
36:00 Yellow Card
Trevor McCreadie is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
34:00 Yellow Card
Liam O’Brien is yellow carded for Saltdean United
23:00 Assist
Trevor McCreadie makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
23:00 Goal 2 - 0
Trevor McCreadie scores for Haywards Heath Town
23:00 Yellow Card
Ash Jones is yellow carded for Saltdean United
12:00 Yellow Card
Josh Jones is yellow carded for Saltdean United
7:00 Goal 1 - 0
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
7:00 Assist
Scott Chamberlain makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Saltdean United
  • 0
  • Scott Chamberlain Assist 7:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 7:00'
  • Josh Jones Yellow Card 12:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Goal 23:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Assist 23:00'
  • Ash Jones Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Liam O’Brien Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Wes Mills Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Alfie Rogers Goal 48:00'
  • Matt Flemming Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Jahmahl King Sub On 81:00'
  • Alfie Rogers Sub Off 81:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub Off 85:00'
  • Bailie Rogers Sub On 85:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Jack Whitmore Sub On 89:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Sub Off 89:00'
  • Luc Doherty Player of the Match 90:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Doherty, Luc Doherty, Luc
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Weston, Jamie Weston, Jamie
Graves, Tom Graves, Tom
Dryer, Joe Dryer, Joe
Daly, Joel Daly, Joel
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Rogers, Alfie Rogers, Alfie
McCreadie, Trevor McCreadie, Trevor
Chamberlain, Scott Chamberlain, Scott
Saltdean United
  • 1. Jordan Hawkins
  • 2. Scott Marshall
  • 3. Harry Shooman
  • 4. Wes Mills
  • 5. Ash Jones
  • 6. Liam O’Brien
  • 7. Danny Turner
  • 8. Ryan Warwick
  • 9. Rob O’Toole
  • 10. Ash Rees
  • 11. Josh Jones
  • 12. Andy Mcdowell
  • 13. Ollie Rowland
  • 14. Harry Doherty
  • 15. Andy Pearson
  • 16. Matt Flemming

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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1
Eastbourne Town
0
2
Arundel
2
3
Newhaven
Horsham YMCA
1
2
Loxwood
2
4
0
1
Lancing

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Haywards Heath Town 12 28
2. Peacehaven & Tels. 12 28
3. Chichester City 13 24
4. Eastbourne Town 11 24
5. Three Bridges 12 22
6. Saltdean United 12 21
7. Crawley Down Gatwick 12 19

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