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Haywards Heath Town
Three Bridges
J Langford (64')
Full time
B O’Neill (9', 31' Sent Off), J Lansdale (52'), N Crabb (57'), B Bacon (89')
Sat 27 Jan 15:00 - SCFL - Premier Division Attendance 138

Heath disappointing as Bridges take the points

Heath’s lead at the top of the SCFL again closed in as 10 man Three Bridges took the points at Hanbury and Horsham YMCA won away at Eastbourne Town.

Heath started the game brightly with Jack Langford seeing a well hit shot blocked and the resulting corner Tom Graves headed just past the post but it was Bridges that opened the scoring with their first real attack on 9 minutes, a shot across goal was kept in play then the ball back into the middle found Brannon O’Neill, Heath didn’t shut the space and the midfielder hit a great strike from 25 yards into the corner to give the visitors the lead.

As the rain fell condition became increasingly difficult for both sets of player as tackles came in from both sides the Bridges number 5 was the first name in the referees note book. Heath kept looking for a way back into the game but Karly Akehurst strike was straight at Kieron Thorp and Jamie Weston couldn’t direct his header on target.

With 31 minutes played the first real flash point of the game reared up, goal scorer Brannon O’Neill was late into a tackle and the referee adjudged it to be a straight red meaning the visitors would play the remaining 60 minutes of the game with 10 men, The Three Bridges manager was that incensed that his comments saw him removed to the stands.

Heath Vs Three Bridges 27th Jan 2018
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Jamie Cradock collected Heath’s first yellow card of the game after a mistimed challenge out on the Heath left. Bridges who had been forced into an early substitution after 20 minutes saw Ben Bacon make his return to Hanbury and he almost doubled the visitors when his strike from 8 yards out on 41 minutes fizzed just past the post.

As half time approached a good cross field ball was well controlled by Alex Laing and as he cut in he was taken down, the resulting free kick was taken by Alex Laing and was heading for the top corner but a fine save from Thorp saw the visitors take a 1-0 lead into the break.

Half Time Heath 0-1 Three Bridges

Heath started the 2nd half on the front foot but for all the possession they couldn’t find a way past a stubborn Bridges back line, On 50 minutes George Gaskin broke free for the visitors and but for a fantastic save from Simon Lehkyj the game would have had its second goal of the game. The resulting corner did however in somewhat unusual circumstances, a low whipped in ball evaded everyone including Joel Daly on the post and ended up in the back of the net.

Heath looked to respond but Alex Laing’s strike was straight at the keeper. With 58 minutes played it was all but game over, Heath conceded a free kick on their right and the ball in found a Nathan Crabb unmarked to head past Simon Lehkyj.

Heath introduced Naim Rouane for George Hayward and Callum Saunders for Joel Daly on 62 minutes to give some fresh legs on an increasingly heavy surface.

With 64 minutes played the home fans finally had something to cheer as Heath got on the score sheet, Karly Akehurst hit a fine strike from 20 yards out that beat the keeper and cannoned off the underside of the bar, Jack Langford was the first to react as he slotted home his 3rd goal for the club.

As the game entered the final 20 minutes Bailie Rogers replaced Jamie Cradock on the left, Simon Lehkyj held on well to two Three bridges efforts from distance and a mix up almost gave George Gaskin a tap in but Simon Lehkyj was alert and smothered the ball. At the other end Naim Rouane saw an effort from the edge of the box straight into the stomach of the keeper and Jack Langford found some space but a fine last ditch tackle came in just as he was about to shoot.

As the game entered injury time a Heath free kick in to the Bridges box was headed clear by the skipper but also his forearm catching Jamie Weston in the back of the head accidentally, the referee however despite of a head injury to Weston allowed play to continue and Bridges broke fast through Ben Bacon and he rounded the out coming Simon Lehkyj to finish the game off.

Full Time Heath 1-4 Three Bridges

Heath will now need to regroup and dust themselves down for another big test away against Eastbourne Town next week at The Saffrons

Key moments

9:00
Goal Brannon O’Neill scores for Three Bridges
31:00
Red Card Brannon O’Neill is sent off for Three Bridges
52:00
Goal John Lansdale scores for Three Bridges
57:00
Goal Nathan Crabb scores for Three Bridges
64:00
Goal Jack Langford scores for Haywards Heath Town
89:00
Goal Ben Bacon scores for Three Bridges

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Heath Vs Three Bridges 27th Jan 2018
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Highlights

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89:00 Goal 1 - 4
Ben Bacon scores for Three Bridges
88:00 Yellow Card
Bradley Peters is yellow carded for Three Bridges
84:00 Yellow Card
George Gaskin is yellow carded for Three Bridges
69:00 Sub Off
Jamie Cradock is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
69:00 Sub On
Bailie Rogers is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
66:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
64:00 Assist
Karly Akehurst makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
64:00 Goal 1 - 3
Jack Langford scores for Haywards Heath Town
62:01 Sub On
Callum Saunders is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
62:01 Sub Off
Joel Daly is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
62:00 Sub On
Naim Rouane is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
62:00 Sub Off
George Hayward is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
57:00 Goal 0 - 3
Nathan Crabb scores for Three Bridges
52:00 Goal 0 - 2
John Lansdale scores for Three Bridges
45:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Whitehead is yellow carded for Three Bridges
43:00 Yellow Card
George Hayward is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
35:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Cradock is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
31:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Brannon O’Neill is sent off for Three Bridges
15:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Koo-Boothe is yellow carded for Three Bridges
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Brannon O’Neill scores for Three Bridges
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Brannon O’Neill Goal 9:00'
  • Nathan Koo-Boothe Yellow Card 15:00'
  • Brannon O’Neill Red Card 31:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Yellow Card 35:00'
  • George Hayward Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Matthew Whitehead Yellow Card 45:00'
  • John Lansdale Goal 52:00'
  • Nathan Crabb Goal 57:00'
  • George Hayward Sub Off 62:00'
  • Naim Rouane Sub On 62:00'
  • Joel Daly Sub Off 62:01'
  • Callum Saunders Sub On 62:01'
  • Jack Langford Goal 64:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Assist 64:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Bailie Rogers Sub On 69:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Sub Off 69:00'
  • George Gaskin Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Bradley Peters Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Ben Bacon Goal 89:00'

Team selection

Three Bridges
  • 1. Kieron Thorp
  • 2. Liam Collins
  • 3. Matthew Whitehead
  • 4. Jensen Grant
  • 5. Nathan Koo-Boothe
  • 6. Jamie Crellin
  • 7. Nathan Crabb
  • 8. Brannon O’Neill
  • 9. Connor French
  • 10. George Gaskin
  • 11. John Lansdale
  • 12. Mitchell Casselman
  • 13. Tyrone Berry
  • 14. Ben Bacon
  • 15. Bradley Peters

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Eastbourne Town
0
2
Horsham YMCA
Lancing
1
2
Newhaven

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Haywards Heath Town 38 83
2. Three Bridges 38 82
3. Pagham 38 75
4. Horsham YMCA 38 71
5. Eastbourne Town 38 69
6. Chichester City 38 68
7. Peacehaven & Tels. 38 68

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