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Haywards Heath Town
Horsham YMCA
M Simpson (16', 89')
Full time
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 139

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.

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Joel Daly

Player of the Match

Joel Daly

Key moments

16:00
Goal Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
89:00
Goal Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town

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Heath Vs Horsham YMCA by Tony Sim
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Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jamie Weston 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
Joel Daly keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Josh Heyburn keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Joel Daly is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Sub Off
Alex Laing is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Sub On
Kane Louis is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Goal 2 - 0
Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Assist
Josh Heyburn makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Dean Carden is yellow carded for Horsham YMCA
79:00 Yellow Card
Ash Dugdale is yellow carded for Horsham YMCA
70:00 Yellow Card
Aaron Jeal is yellow carded for Horsham YMCA
65:00 Sub On
George Brown is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
65:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
63:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
51:00 Yellow Card
Callum Donaghey is yellow carded for Horsham YMCA
38:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Cradock is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
38:00 Yellow Card
Karly Akehurst is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
16:00 Assist
Joel Daly makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
16:00 Goal 1 - 0
Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Horsham YMCA
  • 0
  • Melford Simpson Goal 16:00'
  • Joel Daly Assist 16:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Callum Donaghey Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 65:00'
  • George Brown Sub On 65:00'
  • Aaron Jeal Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Ash Dugdale Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Dean Carden Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Melford Simpson Goal 89:00'
  • Josh Heyburn Assist 89:00'
  • Alex Laing Sub Off 89:00'
  • Kane Louis Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Horsham YMCA
  • 1. Aaron Jeal
  • 2. Dean Carden
  • 3. Guy Harding
  • 4. Dan Evans
  • 5. Callum Donaghey
  • 6. Luke Gedling
  • 7. Phil Johnson
  • 8. Ash Dugdale
  • 9. Tony Garrod
  • 10. Mark Cave
  • 11. Dave Brown
  • 12. Olli Moore
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Sam Schaaf
  • 15. Jack Ryder
  • 16. Jack Frankland
  • 17. Mark Paulovic

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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