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Littlehampton Town
Haywards Heath Town
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A Laing (10', 14', 38'), J Langford (26', 52'), M Miller (83')
Tue 9 Jan 19:30 - SCFL - Premier Division Attendance 96

Laing Nets Perfect Hat-Trick As Heath Hit Littlehampton For Six

The Blues return to winning ways to maintain their place at the top of the SCFL

After a disappointing display in their draw at Worthing United at the weekend, Shaun Saunders was looking for a response from his Haywards Heath team as they traveled to the south coast to face basement club Littlehampton on Tuesday evening.

With Trevor McCreadie ruled out with a sore knee, new signing Jack Langford made his first start for the club up front. Kane Louis once again featured on the team sheet alongside new signing Jamie Cradock who made his debut at left-back in place of Bailie Rogers. Jamie Weston also returned to the starting line-up in place of Max Miller.

The opening 10 minutes saw the home side start brightly with supporters fearing that this could be another struggle for Heath against a team raising their game against the league leaders. These fears went unfounded however as the Blues took the lead through Alex Laing. The tricky attacker received a pass inside the area from Langford on the break and made no mistake in beating Jon Hendrick in the Littlehampton goal.

One became two just four minutes later as Laing dropped to his belly to head the ball home from close range after a cross from Kane Louis out on the left.

Jack Langford then opened his account for Heath to score his team's third goal of the half with a fine header in the 25th minute from Jamie Cradock's cross.

The Blues went into the interval four goals to the good as Laing completed his perfect hat-trick by scoring with his left foot into the roof of the net after he intercepted goalkeeper Hendrick's poor pass inside the Littlehampton box.

Often teams fail to repeat such goal-scoring exploits in the second period, but Jack Langford doubled his tally as he scored from the tightest of angles at the right hand post to make it 5-0 with the second half just 7 minutes old.

Heath's traveling fans were then forced to wait another half an hour to see the sixth and final goal of the evening as substitute Max Miller scored one off his shin pad to convert Joel Daly's cross into the box following a fine cross-field ball by Laing.

It wasn't all Heath though, as the home side had their chances throughout the 90 minutes, forcing goalkeeper Simon Lehkyj to pull off a few fine saves, with right-back Joel Daly putting in a sublime goal-saving tackle late in the second half to preserve the clean sheet. Jamie Cradock looked solid on his debut at left-back to give Shaun Saunders yet another quality option in the squad.

The win was Heath's biggest in the SCFL this season and sees the Blues pull 7 points clear at the top of the table with 15 league games left to play.


Man of the Match - Alex Laing
Up against his former club, Laing had a point to prove and did so in style by scoring a perfect hat-trick. Laing is a fiery character and did very well to keep control as Littlehampton decided to kick lumps out of him for the rest of the game and not the ball!

Alex Laing

Player of the Match

Alex Laing

Key moments

10:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
14:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
26:00
Goal Jack Langford scores for Haywards Heath Town
38:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
52:00
Goal Jack Langford scores for Haywards Heath Town
83:00
Goal Max Miller scores for Haywards Heath Town

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Bailie Rogers keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jamie Cradock keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Tom Graves keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jahmahl King 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
Simon Lehkyj keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Player of the Match
Alex Laing is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Yellow Card
Jack Newhouse is yellow carded for Littlehampton Town
83:00 Assist
Joel Daly makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
83:00 Goal 0 - 6
Max Miller scores for Haywards Heath Town
62:03 Yellow Card
Jake Caplin is yellow carded for Littlehampton Town
61:02 Sub On
Max Miller is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
61:02 Sub Off
Jack Langford is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
61:01 Sub Off
Jamie Cradock is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
61:01 Sub On
Bailie Rogers is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
61:00 Sub On
Scott Chamberlain is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
61:00 Sub Off
Kane Louis is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
54:00 Yellow Card
Zak Sharp is yellow carded for Littlehampton Town
52:00 Goal 0 - 5
Jack Langford scores for Haywards Heath Town
52:00 Assist
Alex Laing makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
38:00 Goal 0 - 4
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
36:00 Yellow Card
Jack Langford is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
30:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Weston is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
26:00 Goal 0 - 3
Jack Langford scores for Haywards Heath Town
26:00 Assist
Jamie Cradock makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
25:00 Yellow Card
Jack Cole is yellow carded for Littlehampton Town
23:00 Yellow Card
Niall O’Hagen is yellow carded for Littlehampton Town
14:00 Assist
Kane Louis makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
14:00 Goal 0 - 2
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
10:00 Assist
Jack Langford makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
10:00 Goal 0 - 1
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
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As it happened

  • Littlehampton Town
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Jack Langford Assist 10:00'
  • Alex Laing Goal 10:00'
  • Alex Laing Goal 14:00'
  • Kane Louis Assist 14:00'
  • Niall O’Hagen Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Jack Cole Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Jack Langford Goal 26:00'
  • Jamie Cradock Assist 26:00'
  • Jamie Weston Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Jack Langford Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Alex Laing Goal 38:00'
  • Jack Langford Goal 52:00'
  • Alex Laing Assist 52:00'
  • Zak Sharp Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Scott Chamberlain Sub On 61:00'
  • Kane Louis Sub Off 61:00'
  • Bailie Rogers Sub On 61:01'
  • Jamie Cradock Sub Off 61:01'
  • Jack Langford Sub Off 61:02'
  • Max Miller Sub On 61:02'
  • Jake Caplin Yellow Card 62:03'
  • Max Miller Goal 83:00'
  • Joel Daly Assist 83:00'
  • Jack Newhouse Yellow Card 89:00'

Team selection

Lehkyj, Simon Lehkyj, Simon
Daly, Joel Daly, Joel
Graves, Tom Graves, Tom
Weston, Jamie Weston, Jamie
King, Jahmahl King, Jahmahl
Cradock, Jamie Cradock, Jamie
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Hayward, George Hayward, George
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Langford, Jack Langford, Jack
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Littlehampton Town
  • 1. Jon Hendrick
  • 2. Alex Duncan
  • 3. Zak Sharp
  • 4. Tadley Bromage
  • 5. Ross McKay
  • 6. Niall O’Hagen
  • 7. Max Axell
  • 8. Lee Garnham
  • 9. Jack Cole
  • 10. Lucas Pattenden
  • 11. Jack Newhouse
  • 12. Danny Hand
  • 13. Jake Caplin
  • 14. Luis-Tijon Sparks
  • 15. Eli Amoo
  • 16. Mitchell Hand

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Haywards Heath Town 23 50
2. Eastbourne Town 22 44
3. Chichester City 23 44
4. Pagham 23 43
5. Horsham YMCA 22 42
6. Three Bridges 22 41
7. Saltdean United 22 41

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