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Loxwood
Haywards Heath Town
H Skerry (46' Pen)
Full time
J Weston (11'), K Akehurst (32'), J Cradock (76' Sent Off)
Sat 31 Mar 15:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 88

Heath Continue in Hot Pursuit

The top 5 teams in the SCFL are now separated by just 2 points as the race for the title hot’s up and Pagham take over in pole position.

After the rain on Good Friday many though that Saturday would be a washout but only three matches fell and credit to the Loxwood committee and grounds staff as the pitch at Plaistow Road was in great condition for a football match and much needed as rescheduling fixtures is becoming a difficult planning exercise!

Heath were without the injured Nathan Cooper and Callum Saunders but welcomed back Alex Laing who lead the line, Kane Louis was rested with George Hayward playing the supporting role. Josh Heyburn was between the stick, Joel Daly, Jamie Cradock, Josh Spinks and Tom Graves made up the back line. Naim Rouane captained the side and besides him Karly Akehurst with Max Miller and Jamie Weston giving the width. Alongside Kane Louis on the bench was Melford Simpson, Maxime Agnoly and Scott Chamberlain.

Heath started the match well but the first real chance fell to the hosts as Josh Heyburn’s clearance was picked off and the ball back in found the striker but the shot was straight at Heyburn to keep the sides level. Heath pushed forwards but struggled to find that final ball to make the keeper work, the pressure did pay after a succession of corners the deadlock was broken. In the 11th minute Alex Laing’s deep corner was only pushed out towards the edge of the box by the Loxwood keeper Sam Smith, Jamie Weston took it under control before setting himself on his favoured left food and firing the ball into the roof of the net from 16 yards out.

Loxwood 0-1 Heath

Heath didn’t take their foot off the pedal and only a couple of good blocks in quick succession prevented the ball heading towards goal from Max Miller. With 18 minutes played a goalmouth scramble in the Heath area was eventually cleared by Naim Rouane, Heath immediately broke up field and a strike from just outside the box was adjudged to have hit the Loxwood defenders arm and the referee pointed to the spot. Alex Laing stepped up but the keeper guessed right going to his left and made a comfortable save.
Loxwood kept looking for a way back into the game and efforts from distance assured Josh Heyburn was kept on his toes.

Shot and save of the match came on 31 minutes with Jamie Weston getting the ball after a good Heath passage of play and hitting a dipping effort from 20 yards that Sam Smith did brilliantly to turn over. The save however was in vein as Alex Laing sent in a corner that Karly Akehurst got in front of his marker and steer his header into the far corner to double Heath’s lead.

Loxwood 0-2 Heath

The match began to be played out in the middle with both sides struggling to break down two well-disciplined back lines, a final chance did come and go with a sweeping move that finally came to Jamie Weston but his strike lacked the direction to beat the keeper as he came out to tighten the angle.

Half Time Loxwood 0-2 Heath

With the first half kicking off 5 minutes late and the same the second half it was already 10 past 4 before the action resumed unfortunately the entertainment of the first half didn’t as the game became littered with errors and not often from the players!

Loxwood were straight back in the game as Loxwood won a penalty, Joel Daly was put in a difficult position in his area and attempting to clear caught the Loxwood forward. Hayden Skerry stepped up and although Josh Heyburn got hands to the ball it carried too much power and ended in the top corner.
Loxwood 1-2 Heath

Heath looked to respond but another good block denied Max Miller from testing Sam Smith, Loxwood hit back from distance but again Josh Heyburn was right behind it. Next Jamie Weston got in but again couldn’t get the ball on target.

On 59 minutes a sliced clearance from Josh Spinks saw Josh Heyburn pick up the ball before the attacker 7 yards from goal, to the amusement and annoyance around the ground a back pass was given and indirect freekick awarded. Heath charged down the initial effort and the ball was then fired over the bar.

The two sides continued to trade efforts with Jamie Cradock making a good run but his strike was straight at the keeper, Loxwood again tried from distance that Josh Heyburn had to watch to make sure the ball didn’t sneak underneath him. Alex Laing then saw a headed attempt held although in hindsight he had got into a great position and had more time than he realised. Loxwood next effort flew over to the relief of the away support.

Melford Simpson replaced Jamie Weston on 67 minutes after the Heath man over stretched for a ball in a tackle.
Josh Heyburn was called into action a minute later as he did well to save a dangerous free kick from the hosts and Tom Graves was backing him up to clear the ball off the line.

On 75 minutes Scott Chamberlain replaced Jamie Cradock, Cradock was replaced after walking a fine line since picking up a yellow card late in the first half, unfortunately the home bench were not happy about the incident prior to the substitution and the Loxwood managers protests saw him sent to the stand, obviously something was said when passing the home bench as Cradock was then also shown a red card and asked to leave the bench.

With the stop start second half and late kick off the match finished just before 10 past 5, in the final 15 minutes of normal time and 10 of added on both teams got in good area’s but the only chance came from a fine strike by Joel Daly but an equally fine save from the Loxwood number one.

Full Time Loxwood 1-2 Heath

Man of the Match – Jamie Weston – Great goal and probably should and could have had a hat trick on the day.

Afterwards manager Shaun Saunders said “really please to pick up all three points and continue this good run of form, on a different day we could have been out of sight before half time but credit to the opposition for not giving up and making a game of it. The second half was a strange 55 minutes that left us all puzzled at times but with the league so tight it’s picking up the points that is most vital at this stage of the season.

Next Match – Heath Vs Hassocks – Easter Monday – 11am KO – Hanbury Stadium

Jamie Weston

Player of the Match

Jamie Weston

Key moments

11:00
Goal Jamie Weston scores for Haywards Heath Town
32:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
46:00
Scored Penalty Hayden Skerry scores a penalty for Loxwood
76:00
Red Card Jamie Cradock is sent off for Haywards Heath Town

Highlights

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90:00 Yellow Card
Sam Smith is yellow carded for Loxwood
90:00 Player of the Match
Jamie Weston is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
84:00 Yellow Card
Karly Akehurst is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
76:00 Red Card 1 - 2
Jamie Cradock is sent off for Haywards Heath Town
75:00 Sub On
Scott Chamberlain is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
75:00 Sub Off
Jamie Cradock is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
69:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
66:00 Sub Off
Jamie Weston is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
66:00 Sub On
Melford Simpson is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
46:00 Yellow Card
Joel Daly is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
46:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 2
Hayden Skerry scores a penalty for Loxwood
42:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Cradock is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
32:00 Goal 0 - 2
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
32:00 Assist
Alex Laing makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
11:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jamie Weston scores for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Loxwood
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Jamie Weston Goal 11:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 32:00'
  • Alex Laing Assist 32:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Joel Daly Yellow Card 46:00'
  • Hayden Skerry Scored Penalty 46:00'
  • Jamie Weston Sub Off 66:00'
  • Melford Simpson Sub On 66:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Sub Off 75:00'
  • Scott Chamberlain Sub On 75:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Red Card 76:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Sam Smith Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Daly, Joel Daly, Joel
Graves, Tom Graves, Tom
Weston, Jamie Weston, Jamie
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Cradock, Jamie Cradock, Jamie
Miller, Max Miller, Max
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Hayward, George Hayward, George
Rouane , Naim Rouane , Naim
Loxwood
  • 1. Sam Smith
  • 2. Matt Boiling
  • 3. Josh Courtney
  • 4. Byron Napper
  • 5. Eddie French
  • 6. Ross Swaine
  • 7. Joe Holvey
  • 8. Josh Neathey
  • 9. Dean Wright
  • 10. Hayden Skerry
  • 11. Micheal Wood
  • 12. Harry Bachelor
  • 13. Matt Camp
  • 14. Ruben Denyer-Shneider
  • 15. DJ Dominque

League round up

League table

# 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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