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Haywards Heath Town
Cray Wanderers
C Saunders (65' Sent Off)
Full time
B Mundele (89')
Sat 3 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 143

League leaders leave it late to snatch all three points

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Heath entertained Bostik South East league leader Cray Wanderers and went toe to toe for 89 minutes before Ben Mundele scored with just a minute remaining.

In a tight first half chances were limited with Cray dominant in possession but Heath more than matching them throughout the pitch and Heath keeper Josh Heyburn making just one good save low down to his left in the 11th minute.

Both sides picked up yellow cards with Callum Saunders going in the book for Heath, in the 24th minute Heath were denied when the Cray keeper Nick Blue couldn't hold onto the ball at the edge of the box but he made amends with an out-stretched leg to deny Callum Saunders a certain goal.

The rest of the action failed to test the keepers with Cray hitting the side netting and Alex Laing cutting in but the effort wasn't difficult for the keeper. Both defences continued on top putting in some fine blocks and protecting the goal.

Heath Vs Cray Wanderers 3rd Nov 18 by Tony Sim
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Half Time - Heath 0-0 Cray Wanderers

After the break the match could have gone either way, the visitors started well and saw a fine effort just clear the bar after the Wanderers man cut in from the left and sent a fierce strike over. Heath had to reshuffle when Callum Saunders was sent off on 65 minutes for a second bookable offence must to the frustration of the home support.

Heath looked to contain their visitors and play on the counter with Heath’s Alex Laing firering just over and then Heath's bigest chance came as the impressive Kieran Rowe advanced and crossing that Andrew Dalhouse got to by way of a diving header but the marking defender got just enough on the effort to divert it for a corner. Max Miller replaced Andrew Dalhouse shortly after with Alex Laing moving into a more advanced role.

Cray should have really opened the scoring on 77 minutes but as the first effort was well blocked the loose ball fell invitingly to the Cray Striker but he blasted over from around 8 yards out.

Cray continued to ramp up the pressure and only another fine stop from Josh Heyburn kept the scores level on 78 minutes.
Heath now playing on the counter attack saw Karly Akehurst well placed but he dragged his effort wide, with time running out Alex Laing went closest to winning the game for Heath as his effort from 20 yards crashed off the crossbar and out but despite the keeper getting a touch a goal kick was given.

It would be all three points for the unbeaten side however as in the final minute Ben Mundele found some space inside the Heath box and rifled the ball into the far corner, Heath could felt hard done by as Josh Spinks seemed to be fouled in the build up but the referee waved away any protests and Cray claimed the points.

Full Time - Heath 0-1 Cray Wanderers

Man Of The Match - Luke Robinson dealt brilliantly with the tricky right winger all afternoon

Heath will now dust themselves down and look forward to the Sussex Senior Cup matc on Tuesday night with a trip to Broadfield Stadium to face Crawley Town FC

Luke Robinson

Player of the Match

Luke Robinson

Key moments

65:00
Red Card Callum Saunders is sent off for Haywards Heath Town
89:00
Goal Ben Mundele scores for Cray Wanderers

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89:01 Yellow Card
Josh Spinks is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Mundele scores for Cray Wanderers
82:00 Sub On
Malik Solebo is substituted on for Cray Wanderers
82:00 Sub Off
Jerome Frederico is substituted off for Cray Wanderers
76:00 Sub On
Max Miller is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
76:00 Sub Off
Andrew Dalhouse is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
74:00 Sub On
Karl Dent is substituted on for Cray Wanderers
74:00 Sub Off
Sean Roberts is substituted off for Cray Wanderers
65:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Callum Saunders is sent off for Haywards Heath Town
59:00 Sub Off
Freddie Parker is substituted off for Cray Wanderers
59:00 Sub On
Archie Johnson is substituted on for Cray Wanderers
15:00 Yellow Card
Bradley Pritchard is yellow carded for Cray Wanderers
10:00 Yellow Card
Callum Saunders is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
End of period
Player of the Match
Luke Robinson is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Cray Wanderers
  • 0
  • Callum Saunders Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Bradley Pritchard Yellow Card 15:00'
  • Freddie Parker Sub Off 59:00'
  • Archie Johnson Sub On 59:00'
  • Callum Saunders Red Card 65:00'
  • Sean Roberts Sub Off 74:00'
  • Karl Dent Sub On 74:00'
  • Andrew Dalhouse Sub Off 76:00'
  • Max Miller Sub On 76:00'
  • Jerome Frederico Sub Off 82:00'
  • Malik Solebo Sub On 82:00'
  • Ben Mundele Goal 89:00'
  • Josh Spinks Yellow Card 89:01'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Rowe, Kieran Rowe, Kieran
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Robinson, Luke Robinson, Luke
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Dalhouse, Andrew Dalhouse, Andrew
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
Cray Wanderers
  • 1. Nick Blue
  • 2. Ben Mundele
  • 3. Barney Williams
  • 4. Jay Leader
  • 5. Mitchell Nelson
  • 6. Tom Phipp
  • 7. Sean Roberts
  • 8. Bradley Pritchard
  • 9. Freddie Parker
  • 10. Junior Dadson
  • 11. Jerome Frederico
  • 12. Malik Solebo
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Karl Dent
  • 15. Zak Henry
  • 16. Archie Johnson
  • 17. Marcus Evans

League round up

Other South East Division results

Ashford United
2
3
Horsham
2
1
Guernsey
0
1
Sevenoaks Town
Hastings United
2
1
Hythe Town
3
2
Sittingbourne
0
2
Whyteleafe

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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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