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Haywards Heath Town
Arundel
K Akehurst (73'), S Chamberlain (84')
Full time
Tue 10 Apr 19:45 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 58

Heath Continue To Lead the Way

Heath had to overcome a disciplined Arundel side at Hanbury to stay at the top of the SCFL with the chasing team’s right on their tails

Tonight was proof that there are no easy games in the SCFL, Arundel fighting for survival came with a game plan and for 75 minutes carried it out but a Karly Akehurst penalty and a Scott Chamberlain wonder strike meant it was Heath that claimed the all-important 3 points.

In the first half Heath controlled the game well but actual efforts on target were at a premium and left the Heath players frustrated, both Alex Laing and Karly Akehurst called the visiting keeper into action inside the first 10 minutes but after that Heath failed to hit the target with Nathan Copper going closest clipping the bar with a header from a Jaime Weston corner.

Arundel were trying to play on the break but good defence displays across the back prevented any clear cut opportunities. In the 34th minute the visitors made a big shout for a penalty but the referee waved away any claims.

Half Time – Heath 0-0 Arundel

The second half almost saw Heath break the deadlock within 5 minutes but the keeper did well to block the effort and the defenders bundled the ball away for a Heath corner. The resulting corner was only partially cleared but the return effort from skipper Naim Rouane was over the bar.

Arundel looked to respond again breaking fast but the quick effort was dragged across goal.

Heath’s frustrations became evident as Max Miller picked up a yellow car through a silly foul and outburst after.

Jamie Weston was next to call the Arundel keeper Dan Stevens into action as his well struck free kick was pushed away at full stretch. Arundel at the other end also tested Josh Heyburn from distance but the Heath keeper was right behind the free kick from distance.

Both Scott Chamberlain and Jamie Weston saw efforts miss the mark before Heath finally made the break through. In the 74th minute Karly Akehurst sent a throw in into the box a big shout for handball was shouted and the referee pointed to the spot leaving the Arundel players and bench incensed. Karly Akehurst stepped up and made no mistake from the spot powering the ball past the keeper who got a good hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.

Heath 1-0 Arundel

Just 4 minutes later it was the Heath players and bench left in disbelief as what looked like a brilliant last ditch save by the left back with his hands as this time the penalty appeals were waved away.

In the 82nd minute Scott Chamberlain would finally put the game out of reach of the visitors with a goal worthy of the admission price, receiving the ball from Melford Simpson and shifting the ball onto his left foot he left the visitors keeper watching as he let fly and put the ball into the top corner.

Heath 2-0 Arundel

Credit to Arundel they continued to look for a way back into the game even at such a late stage, a low worked corner really should have troubled Heath more than it did as it was blasted over.

Heath made a double substitution with Jack Whitmore and George Brown replacing Jamie Weston and Karly Akehurst.

The final chance of the match again fell to the visitors but the close range effort was wide of the mark.

Full Time Heath 2-0 Arundel

Man Of The Match – Josh Spinks – Continues to excel at the back taking command and reading the play brilliantly.

Afterwards manager Shaun Saunders said “obviously delighted to continue the winning run with another clean sheet, I was disappointed with parts of our play in the first half but at this stage of the season although nice flowing football is great it’s about getting the job done and points on the board. I felt we controlled the game well but just needed that bit of luck in front of goal, we must now prepare well and get ready for Pagham on Saturday”


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Josh Spinks

Player of the Match

Josh Spinks

Key moments

73:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
84:00
Goal Scott Chamberlain 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 Player of the Match
Josh Spinks is awarded player of the match 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
Josh Spinks keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jamie Weston keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
George Brown keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Yellow Card
Josh Spinks is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Sub Off
Karly Akehurst is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Sub On
Jack Whitmore is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
86:00 Sub Off
Jamie Weston is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
86:00 Sub On
George Brown is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
84:00 Goal 2 - 0
Scott Chamberlain scores for Haywards Heath Town
84:00 Assist
Melford Simpson makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
73:00 Goal 1 - 0
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
55:00 Yellow Card
Max Miller is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Arundel
  • 0
  • Max Miller Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 73:00'
  • Scott Chamberlain Goal 84:00'
  • Melford Simpson Assist 84:00'
  • Jamie Weston Sub Off 86:00'
  • George Brown Sub On 86:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Sub Off 87:00'
  • Jack Whitmore Sub On 87:00'
  • Josh Spinks Yellow Card 89:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Graves, Tom Graves, Tom
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Weston, Jamie Weston, Jamie
Miller, Max Miller, Max
Chamberlain, Scott Chamberlain, Scott
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Rouane , Naim Rouane , Naim
Arundel
  • 1. Dan Stevens
  • 2. Rob Lofting
  • 3. Scott Callaghan
  • 4. Lewis Jenkins
  • 5. Elliot Dollner
  • 6. Scott Tipper
  • 7. Ryan Hallett
  • 8. Jake Jepson
  • 9. Ben Mepham
  • 10. Jack Kates
  • 11. Dion Jarvis
  • 12. Jake Ebling
  • 13. Conor Bull
  • 14. Craig Renne
  • 15. Jordan Dudas

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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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