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Chichester City
Haywards Heath Town
K Hartley (40' Sent Off), L Dollcetti (74'), R Hutchings (90' Sent Off)
Full time
A Laing (11'), N Cooper (44'), J Daly (59'), M Miller (83'), K Louis (88'), B Pashley (25' OG)
Sat 28 Apr 15:00 - SCFL - Premier Division Attendance 95

Heath Seal Title in Style

After mid-week twists and turns Heath entered the final game of the season leading the table by a single point but 3 previous matches this season have been close fought affairs with Chi and nothing could be taken for granted.

(some of the match report taken from Chi City FC Website)

The build-up of the game had been a strange one with plenty of banter making out the Chi striker Scott Jones had taken half the team on a stag weekend this was not of course true with only regular keeper Ant Ender missing from the match day squad.

For Heath a season on from last year’s disappointment it came down to one game and no matter the outcome at Three Bridges Vs Worthing Utd a win would finally put the SCFL Premier title in the hands of Heath. Heath brought a good fan base with them including Ex Heath Manager Howard Dunn who had made the 4hour trip from Cornwall with his wife to hopefully witness a memorable occasion.

The match itself had a bit of everything and a fine watch for most spectators with no doubt the obvious disappointment for Chi at the end.

There were chances at either end as the match settled down into a good game. Dan Hegarty did well to head away a nicely struck free-kick and Kieran Hartley rifled an effort narrowly over the bar from distance after a good move involving Dolcetti and Scott Jones.

Ellis Martin was booked for a nasty tackle on Alex Laing and Turnbull tipped away Callum Saunders' set-piece diving acrobatically to his left.
Heath opened the scoring on 11 minutes Melford Simpson using his strength and finding Alex Laing who’s snap shot found the bottom corner brilliantly beyond the dive of Turnbull.

Chi 0-1 Heath

Then on 14 minutes Alex Laing drew a foul from Hartley. The Chi full-back was given a yellow and an incensed assistant manager Graeme Gee was sent from the dugout by referee Ciaran Fidler.

These wouldn't be the last cards shown by Mr Fidler.

City's Italian midfielder went close before a huge slice of luck helped double Heath's lead when Ben Pashley cut out a through ball intended for Alex Laing only to inadvertently loop it over Turnbull with 26 minutes played.

Chi 0-2 Heath

Dolcetti dragged one wide on the half hour and then had another attempt blocked by keeper Josh Heyburn four minutes later and then an effort just clearing the crossbar as the ball flew narrowly over.

Melford Simpson, who had a real duel with Jack Lee all afternoon, got something on a cross in the 39th minute but the angle was tight and Turnbull made a comfortable save.

A super run from Kaleem Haitham opened up things down the right and Hartley fizzed a drive over.

Sixty seconds later Hartley was trudging off following a second yellow card and Chi were down to ten men for the fourth game in a row with Heath, for Hartley he we be glad to see the back of Heath after being sent off in 2 of the previous 3 matches before today.

Simpson was the first player in the book for Heath as it was one foul too many on 42 minutes.

Callum Saunders wasn't far away with a free-kick in the 43rd minute and then Hegarty somehow managed to divert a cross from Simpson for a corner.

This was whipped in by Jamie Weston and Nathan Cooper ghosted in to head the ball powerfully into the back of the net for a comfortable half time lead against the 10 men of Chi.

Half Time Chichester City 0-3 Heath

The ten men of the home side had a mountain to climb.

Melford Simpson and Callum Saunders missed a couple of golden opportunities just after the re-start – the second a free header when Saunders picked out Simpson but the header was wide. Lee for Chi then blocked another Alex Laing goal-bound effort.

Chi made a couple of substitutions with the cup final no doubt in mind, Rob Hutchings for Scott Jones and Ryan Peake for Ruben French.

Heath all but wrapped the game up on 59 minutes. Scott Chamberlain released Joel Daly and he made no mistake tucking the ball under Turnbull in the Chi goal.

Chi 0-4 Heath

Heath were now firmly in control of the match and made a double substitution with Kane Louis replacing Karly Akehurst and Jamie Cradock coming on for Jamie Weston, this double change was shortly followed by Heath’s final change with Max Miller coming on for goal scorer Joel Daly.

Turnbull did well to push a free-kick wide from Jamie Cradock and then Max Miller missed a golden chance when the ball was squared to him in the box, but Turnbull saved with his feet before Pashley headed the loose ball away.

Naim Rouane was next into the referees book and the resulting free kick was brilliantly curled into the bottom corner by Dolcetti on 74 minutes.

Chi 1-4 Heath

There was still time for more bookings for players from both teams – Hutchings, Lee and Peake for Chi and Cradock for Heath

Turnbull made a great stop to deny Laing a second goal. Then Max Miller went close with the outside of his boot after nice play by Kane Louis.

Max Miller then did get his goal in the 83rd minute, a swift counter-attack saw Alex Laing race clear before unselfishly squaring to Miller who had time on the ball to place under Turnbull.

Chi 1-5 Heath

Heath wrapped the game up from the spot after a surging run from Jamie Cradock saw him brought down, Kane Louis fired into the corner despite Turnbull getting something on it he couldn’t keep it out.

Full Time Chichester City 1-6 Heath

To compound the home side's misfortune Hutchings was sent off after the final whistle.

Heath then celebrated by lifting the SCFL title……………………………

Man of the Match – Great all round performance from the whole squad with both Alex Laing and Joel Daly really standing out with their desire and goals.

Manager and Player reactions will follow in the coming days.

Next Match Peter Bentley Cup Final – Monday 7th May Vs Horsham YMCA – 11am KO The Beacon – Hassocks FC


Joel Daly

Player of the Match

Joel Daly

Key moments

11:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
25:00
Own Goal Ben Pashley scores an own goal
40:00
Red Card Keiran Hartley is sent off for Chichester City
44:00
Goal Nathan Cooper scores for Haywards Heath Town
59:00
Goal Joel Daly scores for Haywards Heath Town
74:00
Goal Lorenzo Dollcetti scores for Chichester City
83:00
Goal Max Miller scores for Haywards Heath Town
88:00
Goal Kane Louis scores for Haywards Heath Town
90:00
Red Card Rob Hutchings is sent off for Chichester City

Highlights

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90:00 Red Card 1 - 6
Rob Hutchings is sent off for Chichester City
90:00 Player of the Match
Joel Daly is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
88:00 Assist
Jamie Cradock makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
88:00 Goal 1 - 6
Kane Louis scores for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Yellow Card
Jack Lee is yellow carded for Chichester City
83:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Peak is yellow carded for Chichester City
83:00 Assist
Alex Laing makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
83:00 Goal 1 - 5
Max Miller scores for Haywards Heath Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Cradock is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
74:00 Goal 1 - 4
Lorenzo Dollcetti scores for Chichester City
73:00 Yellow Card
Rob Hutchings is yellow carded for Chichester City
72:00 Yellow Card
Naim Rouane is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
66:00 Sub Off
Joel Daly is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
66:00 Sub On
Max Miller is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
62:00 Sub On
Jamie Cradock is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
62:00 Sub Off
Jamie Weston is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
62:00 Sub On
Kane Louis is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
62:00 Sub Off
Karly Akehurst is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
59:00 Goal 0 - 4
Joel Daly scores for Haywards Heath Town
59:00 Assist
Scott Chamberlain makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
44:00 Goal 0 - 3
Nathan Cooper scores for Haywards Heath Town
44:00 Assist
Jamie Weston makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
42:00 Yellow Card
Melford Simpson is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
40:00 Red Card 0 - 2
Keiran Hartley is sent off for Chichester City
25:00 Own Goal 0 - 2
Ben Pashley scores an own goal
14:00 Yellow Card
Keiran Hartley is yellow carded for Chichester City
11:00 Goal 0 - 1
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
11:00 Assist
Melford Simpson makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
6:00 Yellow Card
Ellis Martin is yellow carded for Chichester City
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Chichester City
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Ellis Martin Yellow Card 6:00'
  • Melford Simpson Assist 11:00'
  • Alex Laing Goal 11:00'
  • Keiran Hartley Yellow Card 14:00'
  • Ben Pashley Own Goal 25:00'
  • Keiran Hartley Red Card 40:00'
  • Melford Simpson Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Jamie Weston Assist 44:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Goal 44:00'
  • Scott Chamberlain Assist 59:00'
  • Joel Daly Goal 59:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Sub On 62:00'
  • Jamie Weston Sub Off 62:00'
  • Kane Louis Sub On 62:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Sub Off 62:00'
  • Max Miller Sub On 66:00'
  • Joel Daly Sub Off 66:00'
  • Naim Rouane Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Rob Hutchings Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Lorenzo Dollcetti Goal 74:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Max Miller Goal 83:00'
  • Alex Laing Assist 83:00'
  • Ryan Peak Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Jack Lee Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Kane Louis Goal 88:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Assist 88:00'
  • Rob Hutchings Red Card 90:00'

Team selection

Chichester City
  • 1. Louis Turnbull
  • 2. Keiran Hartley
  • 3. Ruban French
  • 4. Ben Pashley
  • 5. Jack Lee
  • 6. Ellis Martin
  • 7. Kalhem Haithem
  • 8. Dan Heggarty
  • 9. Scott Jones
  • 10. Dave Herbert
  • 11. Lorenzo Dollcetti
  • 12. Alfie Lis
  • 13. Ryan Peak
  • 14. Rob Hutchings
  • 15. Scott Murfin
  • 16. Jimmy Wild

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Eastbourne Town
4
1
Arundel
Hassocks
0
3
Horsham YMCA
1
2
Newhaven
Loxwood
5
2

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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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