Heath Seal a top Two Finish and End on a High at Hanbury
Heath had just one objective of the day, 3 points that was the target to secure a top 2 placing in the SCFL this season and hopefully right the wrongs of last season’s debacle.
Heath went into the match with an impressive run of form that had seen them just 6 weeks ago as an outside chance longshot for promotion as sides like Pagham and Horsham YMCA flying and Three Bridges in the hunt with lots of games in hand. In what has seen probably the most highly contested SCFL top division in years with many sides in with a chance the turning point came at 4:50pm at Newhaven following a 3-1 defeat where Heath were nowhere near the levels they needed to be.
Fast forward - the next two matches saw 1-1 draws with Eastbourne Town and Saltdean two sides still firmly in the hunt after that we have played 9 league matches conceding just the once at Loxwood and that was from the penalty spot which has produced the almost impossible.
The match at Hanbury today would be tough Horsham YMCA are a very good side that have only had a dip in form at this late stage and with everything riding on the match but for a few quality moments it won’t go down as a great game but more so when great things were achieved.
The opening exchanges of the match were even with neither keeper troubled, it was however a great move that put Heath one step closer to promotion. Josh Heyburn claimed a Horsham YMCA corner before rolling the ball to Scott Chamberlain 22 yards out his vision then saw Joel Daly set off on the overlap, he put the ball perfectly in his path and he delivered a perfect ball in from the edge of the visitors box that Melford Simpson out jumped his marker 6 yards out and powerfully headed Heath into a one nil lead.
Heath 1-0 Horsham YMCA
Karly Akehurst almost doubled Heath’s lead 5 minutes later but keeper Aaron Jeal was equal to it and made a fine save. The visitors did look for a way back into the game but found the back line in good form putting in several blocks with the ball heading goalwards, the half continued in a very stop start vein as both sides looked for the upper hand yet the closest the visitors came to levelling things up was 4 minutes before half time with an effort from a direct free kick tht whistled over the bar.
Half Time Heath 1 – 0 Horsham YMCA
The second half saw a similar battle throughout the park as the two Peter Bentley Cup finalists went toe to toe. Free kicks and yellow cards continued to flow but again both keepers had anything more than regulation catches to make.
On 65 minutes George Brown replaced Callum Saunders as the wide man eased himself back from injury. The match liven up for the remaining 20 minutes as Alex Laing was just off target with his free kick effort clearing the bar. YM went in search for an equaliser but again great defending across the back an some fine well timed defensive blocks kept Josh Heyburn a spectator.
With just minutes left of normal time, Karly Akehrst flashed a good effort wide just before Scott Chamberlain almost got luck as his strike took a heavy deflection but the keeper managed to adjust quickly and stop the ball going in the opposite corner, then as the clock hit the final minute it was game over with the Horsham YMCA centre half Callum Donaghey electing to push forwards it left a big hole that Melford Simpson was happy to exploit, Josh Heyburn sent a ball long and Simpson was able to hold off his new marker before cutting across on to his stronger side and finishing powerfully through the keepers hands.
Full Time Heath 2-0 Horsham YMCA
Man of the Match – Joel Daly – goes from strength to strength in the back line as the youngster is maturing and absolute quality on the cross for the opening goal.