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Haywards Heath Town
Sittingbourne
M Simpson (34'), K Akehurst (85')
Full time
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 116

A fine Heath performance sees another 3 points stay at Hanbury

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A goal in either half was enough to give Heath a fine 2-0 win over Sittingbourne on a wet afternoon at Hanbury

A wet Hanbury saw Heath return to league action against Sittingbourne in the Bostik South East and with a couple of cup matches coming up a chance to put some extra points on the board.

The visitors started the match brightly and it was Josh Heyburn who was called into action first pulling off a fine stop to keep the score level early on and then Nathan Cooper having clear off the line with Josh Heyburn beaten.

Heath then found their stride and Callum Saunders was unlucky to see his effort deflected just wide of the post, and a even first half saw Heath finally open the scoring when Kieran Rowe found Kane Louis just inside the Sittingbourne area and his first time touch into the path of Melford Simpson saw the Heath number 9 finish a brilliant move slotting into the corner out of the reach of Patrick Lee in the Sittingbourne goal for his first goal of the season.

Heath Vs Sittingbourne 6th Oct 18 by Tony Sim
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Heath 1-0 Sittingbourne

The half saw itself out with the visitors seeing a good effort blocked and a chance flashed low and wide and Nathan Cooper and Karly Akehurst with efforts that didn't trouble the Visitors keeper.

Half Time - Heath 1-0 Sittingbourne

The second half continued to be an open end to end game with the visitors finding the side netting early in the half, Max Miller for Heath then saw a decent low effort well saved and held onto as Callum Saunders looked to pick up any loose ball.

Heath seemed to step up a gear and only another fine save prevented Nathan Cooper from scoring a brilliant volley. Kieran Rowe was next to set site on goal but his outside of the boot effort cleared the crossbar.

Sittingbourne continued to look for a way back into the game but the Heath back line and hard working midfield two of Karly Akehurst and Byron Napper meant that shots were from distance and didn't trouble Josh Heyburn.

It was always looking like Heath would get the second goal but good defending and goalkeeping kept them at bay.

Lewis Finney picked up a bazaar yellow card after a mix up when coming on for Callum Saunders, Finney was making his return after several weeks lay off and had a good 20 minutes on his comeback.

The crowd were wondering if the second goal would come or Heath be once again hit with a late sucker punch when Kane Louis dragged his effort wide then Max Miller saw a good volley well saved and Nathan Cooper headed over.

The match was wrapped up though in the 85th minute when Nathan Cooper headed a corner back across goal and Karly Akehurst stooped in to head in and seal the 3 points for Heath and his 5th goal in 4 games.

Heath 2-0 Sittingbourne

Heath could have added to the scoreline late on when Max Miller hit the bar and the follow up from Kane Louis was once again well saved.

Full Time - Heath 2-0 Sittingbourne

Man of the Match - Kane Louis - showed quality all round the pitch today

Afterwards Manager Shaun Saunders said "Delighted with the clean sheet first and foremost, but the way we managed the game always looking in control and the players giving everything on the pitch, the next test comes on Tesday at Bexhill who are on a very good run of their own so we need to make sure we are mentally and physically ready for that on"

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Player of the Match

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Key moments

34:00
Goal Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
85:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Kane Louis is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Kieran Rowe 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
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Josh Heyburn keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
89:01 Sub Off
Kane Louis is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
89:01 Sub On
Ansu Janneh is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Sub Off
Max Miller is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Sub On
Patrick Akwasi is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
85:00 Assist
Nathan Cooper makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
85:00 Goal 2 - 0
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
80:00 Sub On
Nathan Elder is substituted on for Sittingbourne
80:00 Sub Off
Johan Caney-Bryan is substituted off for Sittingbourne
76:00 Sub Off
Reiss Crimmen is substituted off for Sittingbourne
76:00 Sub On
Josh Dorling is substituted on for Sittingbourne
72:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Finney is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Sub On
Lewis Finney is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
37:00 Yellow Card
Reiss Crimmen is yellow carded for Sittingbourne
34:00 Assist
Kane Louis makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
34:00 Goal 1 - 0
Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Sittingbourne
  • 0
  • Melford Simpson Goal 34:00'
  • Kane Louis Assist 34:00'
  • Reiss Crimmen Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 71:00'
  • Lewis Finney Sub On 71:00'
  • Lewis Finney Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Reiss Crimmen Sub Off 76:00'
  • Josh Dorling Sub On 76:00'
  • Johan Caney-Bryan Sub Off 80:00'
  • Nathan Elder Sub On 80:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 85:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Assist 85:00'
  • Max Miller Sub Off 89:00'
  • Patrick Akwasi Sub On 89:00'
  • Kane Louis Sub Off 89:01'
  • Ansu Janneh Sub On 89:01'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Rowe, Kieran Rowe, Kieran
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Miller, Max Miller, Max
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Roddy, Sean Roddy, Sean
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Sittingbourne
  • 1. Patrick Lee
  • 2. Chris Webber
  • 3. Reiss Crimmen
  • 4. Dan Parkinson
  • 5. Lex Allen
  • 6. Ben Fitchett
  • 7. Ira Jackson
  • 8. Khalil McFarlane
  • 9. Johan Caney-Bryan
  • 10. Mobolaji Dawodu
  • 11. Tom Loynes
  • 12. Josh Dorling
  • 13. Mason Last
  • 14. Joe Denny
  • 15. Harrison Hatfull
  • 16. Nathan Elder

League round up

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Cray Wanderers
7
2
East Grinstead Town
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1
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Hythe Town
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2
2
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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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