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Broadbridge Heath
Haywards Heath Town
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K Akehurst (29'), M Simpson (81'), C Saunders (84'), A Laing (89')
Tue 17 Apr 19:45 - SCFL - Premier Division Attendance 42

Title Opportunity Opens Up As Heath Record Ninth Successive Victory

It's all to play for as the SCFL Premier Division heads for an exciting climax


Haywards Heath Town will go into the final two games of the SCFL season with not just a potential promotion place up for grabs, but the league title too.

Having tamed the Lions on Saturday with a 3-0 home win against promotion rivals Pagham, Shaun Saunders’ men headed to Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre on Tuesday evening to face some Bears and survived to tell the tale, and what a tale it was.....

On a difficult surface, there was much trepidation in Heath’s performance for the first half an hour before they finally took the lead through Karly Akehurst’s diving header from an Alex Laing corner out the right. It was Akehurst’s fifth goal in six games as he continues to flourish in the number 10 role.

Heath were made to wait long into the second half to score another as Captain Naz Rouane hit a long deep ball which found Melford Simpson in the box. The imposing striker out-jumped his marker to power a header down past Conor Evento into the back of the Broadbridge Heath net to double Heath’s lead in the 81st minute.

Callum Saunders was then introduced having missed the last six games with a hamstring injury that he sustained against Lancing. He made an instant impact by curling the ball around Evento at the near post after Alex Laing had dispossessed the Broadbridge Heath left-back with a really good tackle before setting up the goal scorer.

Having provided two assists, Laing then got on the score sheet himself with the final kick of the game as his 30 yard free kick from out on left found the top right corner of the goal to seal a 4-0 victory.

Meanwhile, rivals Three Bridges slipped to a 3-1 loss at Chichester City to blow the title race wide open. They trail Heath by 5 points but still have two games in hand.

This Saturday, Heath entertain Horsham YMCA at Hanbury Stadium where a win will guarantee at least second place. With Three Bridges having to play 4 games in 8 days to close out the season, the engraver may have to prepare to write a name beginning with ‘H’ on the league winners’ trophy come April 29th. Strap yourselves in folks; we’re in for a thrilling ride!

Man Of The Match: Alex Laing
Two assists and a brilliant free kick to put the icing on the cake. Heath’s combative winger put in a great shift and reaped the rewards.

After the game, manager Shaun Saunders said:
I don’t think the performance was great tonight, but the pitch wasn’t conducive to our flowing passing game. We tried hard and stuck to our principles and got the win and a clean sheet.

It’s not the time of the season for being pretty, it’s about getting results now and we dug in and got the job done.
I’ve really pleased with the succession of clean sheets (five in a row), but it’s not just the back five, it’s the whole unit. From Melford Simpson, backwards, we’ve been solid and we’re really made up about it.

I’m buzzing for Saturday’s game against Horsham YMCA, it can’t come soon enough. I’ll tell you now, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are going to get in the way of Saturday, big time. We can’t wait. We’ve worked our socks off all season to get where we are now and we won’t be taking our foot off the gas. These boys are relentless now.

Alex Laing

Player of the Match

Alex Laing

Key moments

29:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
81:00
Goal Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
84:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
89:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Alex Laing is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Josh Spinks 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 Heyburn keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Jamie Weston 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
Joel Daly keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Goal 0 - 4
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Sub On
Christian Weatherstone is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Sub Off
Melford Simpson is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
84:00 Goal 0 - 3
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
84:00 Assist
Alex Laing makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
83:00 Sub Off
Karly Akehurst is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
83:00 Sub On
Callum Saunders is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
81:00 Goal 0 - 2
Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
81:00 Assist
Naim Rouane makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
70:00 Yellow Card
Karly Akehurst is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
45:00 Sub Off
Jamie Weston is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
45:00 Sub On
Tom Graves is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
44:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
44:00 Yellow Card
Javlon Cambell is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
29:00 Goal 0 - 1
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
29:00 Assist
Alex Laing makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
22:00 Yellow Card
Tom Frankland is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Broadbridge Heath
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Tom Frankland Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 29:00'
  • Alex Laing Assist 29:00'
  • Javlon Cambell Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Tom Graves Sub On 45:00'
  • Jamie Weston Sub Off 45:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Naim Rouane Assist 81:00'
  • Melford Simpson Goal 81:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Sub Off 83:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub On 83:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 84:00'
  • Alex Laing Assist 84:00'
  • Melford Simpson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Alex Laing Goal 89:00'
  • Christian Weatherstone Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Daly, Joel Daly, Joel
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Weston, Jamie Weston, Jamie
Miller, Max Miller, Max
Rouane , Naim Rouane , Naim
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Chamberlain, Scott Chamberlain, Scott
Broadbridge Heath
  • 1. Connor Evento
  • 2. Tom Frankland
  • 3. Jamie Robinson
  • 4. Stuart Chester
  • 5. Harry Balfour
  • 6. Alex Parsons
  • 7. Gicu Lordache
  • 8. George Cousins
  • 9. Devon Fender
  • 10. Tiago Andrade
  • 11. Javlon Cambell
  • 12. Martyn Flack
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Callum Court
  • 15. Dane Reicker
  • 16. James Senra
  • 17. Zach Massey

League round up

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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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