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Haywards Heath Town
Three Bridges
K Akehurst (22', 28')
Full time
Tue 25 Sep 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 108

Akehurst Double Seals Heath's First Home Win

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A first half double from Karly Akehurst helped steer Heath to their their first home win of the season over local side Three Bridges.

A pulsating match unfolded at Hanbury with two sides eager for the win to help lift them in the table.

Heath named an unchanged starting line up from Saturday under the lights of Hanbury. Both sides looked for an early advance in the match with Karly Akehurst first to test the Bridges keeper, efforts from the visitors followed but one high and one wide didn't trouble Josh Heyburn.

Byron Napper saw a snap shot well wide before Bridges had the best chance of the match so far, Heath failed to clear the ball and the powerful effort saw Josh Heyburn called into action with a brilliant point blank stop down low. Heath immediately countered but Max Miller pulled his effort across the keeper and out for a goal kick.

Callum Saunders saw a decent free kick attempt just off target on 19 minutes just before the deadlock was broken. With 22 minutes played Melford Simpson got in front of his marker and saw his effort on target well saved the loose ball saw him head back at goal while laying on the ground and Karly Akehurst got in just before the keeper to stab the ball in.

Heath 1-0 Three Bridges

The visitors looked to respond and a well hit effort flew narrowly wide of Heyburn's goal.

With 27 minutes played Max Miller was again full of running and cutting in hit a effort towards the near post that the keeper couldn't hold or prevent going for a corner, Callum Saunders sent the corner in and Karly Akehurst got between two defenders to head powerfully down and under the keeper to give Heath a two goal lead.

Heath 2-0 Three Bridges

Alex Laing back at Hanbury for the first time since his summer departure saw a well struck effort blocked and then with 5 minutes of the half remaining Heath had Nathan Cooper to thank as he was able to clear the ball off the line.

Just before the half time whistle captain Naim Rouane went over painfully which would be the end of his night Kieron Rowe came on to replce him in the middle of the park.

Half Time Heath 2-0 Three Bridges

Three Bridges came out quickly in the second half looking for a way back into the game but Heath held their ground and restricted efforts to distance that didn't worry Heyburn, Alex Laing went close from a free kick but again couldn't get the effort on target.

Heath absorbed the pressure well and started creating efforts of their own again, Max Miller fired wide and Melford Simpson could direct the ball on target. Callum Saunders put in a great driving run but the final effort hit the side netting when a square ball may have been a better option. Miller then tried his luck from 40 yards but the keeper was able to watch the ball go just wide.

With time fast running out Bridges through caution to the wind but Trevor McCreadie saw his effort blocked by Josh Spinks and then two injury time headers failed to find the target.

Full Time Heath 2-0 Three Bridges

Man Of the Match - Karly Akehurst - 2 goals and covering every blade of grass although Max Miller ran him close with non stop running both back and forwards.

Afterwards Manager Shaun Saunders said "I'm delighted to get our first home win of the season and of course that all important clean sheet, we started to play tonight without that fear we have previously shown and i will encourage the lads to take that into the next match away at Ashford in the FA Trophy on Saturday"

Karly Akehurst

Player of the Match

Karly Akehurst

Key moments

22:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
28:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Karly Akehurst is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Josh Heyburn keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
George Fenton 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
Nathan Cooper keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Sean Roddy keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
88:00 Sub On
Patrick Akwasi is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
88:00 Sub Off
Max Miller is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
84:00 Sub On
Ibrahim Fofane is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
84:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
82:00 Sub On
Bradley Peters (2) is substituted on for Three Bridges
82:00 Sub Off
Liam Collins (7) is substituted off for Three Bridges
72:01 Sub Off
Tyrone Berry (12) is substituted off for Three Bridges
72:01 Sub On
Jamie Taylor (14) is substituted on for Three Bridges
72:00 Sub On
Omar Folkes (5) is substituted on for Three Bridges
72:00 Sub Off
Alex Laing (19) is substituted off for Three Bridges
56:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Cooper is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
44:00 Sub On
Kieran Rowe is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
44:00 Sub Off
Naim Rouane is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
35:00 Yellow Card
George Fenton is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
28:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
28:00 Goal 2 - 0
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
22:00 Goal 1 - 0
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
22:00 Assist
Melford Simpson makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Three Bridges
  • 0
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 22:00'
  • Melford Simpson Assist 22:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 28:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 28:00'
  • George Fenton Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Naim Rouane Sub Off 44:00'
  • Kieran Rowe Sub On 44:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Omar Folkes (5) Sub On 72:00'
  • Alex Laing (19) Sub Off 72:00'
  • Jamie Taylor (14) Sub On 72:01'
  • Tyrone Berry (12) Sub Off 72:01'
  • Liam Collins (7) Sub Off 82:00'
  • Bradley Peters (2) Sub On 82:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 84:00'
  • Ibrahim Fofane Sub On 84:00'
  • Patrick Akwasi Sub On 88:00'
  • Max Miller Sub Off 88:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Roddy, Sean Roddy, Sean
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Miller, Max Miller, Max
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Fenton, George Fenton, George
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Rouane , Naim Rouane , Naim
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
Three Bridges
  • 1. Giovanni Porciatti
  • 2. Nathan Simpson (3)
  • 3. Lee Hall (4)
  • 4. Jamie Crellin (6)
  • 5. Liam Collins (7)
  • 6. Jensen Grant (8)
  • 7. Connor French (9)
  • 8. Trevor McCreadie (10)
  • 9. Tyrone Berry (12)
  • 10. Alex Laing (19)
  • 11. Joe Tennent (20)
  • 12. Bradley Peters (2)
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Omar Folkes (5)
  • 15. Jamie Taylor (14)
  • 16. Mason Doughty (15)
  • 17. Antone Douglas (17)

League round up

Other South East Division results

Ashford United
1
1
Sittingbourne
East Grinstead Town
3
0
Guernsey
Hastings United
2
0
Horsham
Hythe Town
5
4
1
1
Sevenoaks Town

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# 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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