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Haywards Heath Town
Ashford United
C Saunders (31')
Full time
J Johnson (63')
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 146

Heath Pick Up First Home Point of the Season


Heath were made to work hard to pick up their first home point of the season as they made it 3 consecutive draws in the league

Heath picked up their first home point of the season against a well drilled Ashford Utd side.

Ashford showed their class from the outset as Heath struggled to get going and Josh Heyburn knew he would be in for a busy day.

Heyburn made his first of many contributions in the 9th minute as he did brilliantly from point blank range to steer the bar over the crossbar.
Ashford continued the pressure in all areas of the pitch restricting Heath to counter attacking football.
Callum Saunders picked up the only card of the game as he went down under the challenge of the defender, it looked as if he was tripped as he danced into the box but the referee saw the infringement the other was and gave yellow for simulation to the surprise of most.

Heath Vs Ashford Utd 22nd Sept 18 by Tony Sim
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Ashford continued to look for the opening goal but Heyburn again made a smart stop to his left and then just minutes later was off his line to save at the feet of the striker.

On 31 minutes some what against the run of play Melford Simpson flicked on a George Brown throw and Callum Saunders steered the ball into the back of the net on 31 minutes to give Heath the lead and grab his third goal of the season.

Ashford looked to respond but great defending at the back from Sean Roddy and Josh Spinks kept the efforts from distance that didn't trouble Heyburn.

Heath had a great chance just before the break but Callum Saunders well struck shot was equalled by the firm hands of Sam Mott and the loose ball fell kindly for the defence who were able to clear.

Half Time Heath 1-1 Ashford Utd

The second half saw both side press, Byron Napper who is looking more and more at home in a Heath jersey saw a good strike well blocked and then an even better effort from George Brown needed another body in the way.

At the other end Heyburn was again to deny the attacks of the visitors with a fine save down low and the follow up effort being blocked by a determined Heath defence.

Max Miller saw a speculative effort from distance fall into the back peddling keepers arms and then Ashford saw another effort well blocked and chance from distance drift wide.

The pressure did finally tell when on 63 minutes Jordan Johnson found some space inside the Heath area and via a deflection or two powered the ball into the bottom corner.

The final 20 minutes saw both sides go for the win with some end to end football, Karly Akehurt brought out the best in Mott as his fierce free kick was dipping under the bar before a full stretch tip over from the keeper.

Nathan Cooper replaced George Brown and Kane Louis came on for Max Miller for some fresh legs.

Sean Roddy could only hit the wall with his free kick and a great chance for Heath saw Melford Simpson just inches away from getting on the end of George Fenton's brilliant cross.

Ashford could have taken all the points with 3 minutes remaining but again found Josh Heyburn in fine form saving low down and gathering the ball just before the attacker.

Full Time Heath 1-1 Ashford Utd

Man of the Match – Josh Heyburn – Brilliant between the sticks today denying the visitors time and again

Afterwards manager Shaun Saunders said "i'm delighted to take a point from today's game, I feel they are the best side we have played and Josh was outstanding in goal. We again looked nervous at times but for many of the lads this is a learning curve and it won't take much to turn these draws into wins"

Next Match - Heath Vs Three Bridges - Tuesday 25th September - 7:45pm KO

Josh Heyburn

Player of the Match

Josh Heyburn

Key moments

Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
Goal Jordan Johnson scores for Ashford United

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90:00 Player of the Match
Josh Heyburn is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
80:00 Sub On
Patrick Akwasi is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
80:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
72:00 Sub Off
Max Miller is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
72:00 Sub On
Kane Louis is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
68:00 Sub Off
George Brown is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
68:00 Sub On
Nathan Cooper is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
63:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jordan Johnson scores for Ashford United
58:00 Sub Off
Ambrose Gnahore is substituted off for Ashford United
58:00 Sub On
Fidan Fejzi is substituted on for Ashford United
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
31:00 Assist
Melford Simpson makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
16:00 Yellow Card
Callum Saunders is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Ashford United
  • 0
  • Callum Saunders Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 31:00'
  • Melford Simpson Assist 31:00'
  • Ambrose Gnahore Sub Off 58:00'
  • Fidan Fejzi Sub On 58:00'
  • Jordan Johnson Goal 63:00'
  • George Brown Sub Off 68:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Sub On 68:00'
  • Max Miller Sub Off 72:00'
  • Kane Louis Sub On 72:00'
  • Patrick Akwasi Sub On 80:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 80:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Fenton, George Fenton, George
Roddy, Sean Roddy, Sean
Miller, Max Miller, Max
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Brown, George Brown, George
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Rouane , Naim Rouane , Naim
Ashford United
  • 1. Sam Mott
  • 2. Oliver Rowe
  • 3. Tom Carlse
  • 4. Jordan Johnson
  • 5. Antonio Simeone
  • 6. Joshua Wisson
  • 7. Sam Corne
  • 8. Lea Dawson
  • 9. Harry Ottaway
  • 10. Ambrose Gnahore
  • 11. Wazir Azeez
  • 12. Siao Blackwood
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Brandon Williams
  • 15. Matt Day
  • 16. . .
  • 17. Fidan Fejzi

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Cray Wanderers 36 82
2. Horsham 36 74
3. Hastings United 36 70
4. Ashford United 36 68
5. Haywards Heath Town 36 63
6. VCD Athletic 36 62
7. Hythe Town 36 52

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