Heath Continue To Lead the Way
By Stuart Morgan
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”