Christmas starts early as Akehurst and Saunders hit the spot
By Mark Russ
A crowd of 223 saw Heath go level on points with Horsham in the place off zone with a great 2-0 win at Hanbury
The Bostik South East playoff places remains tight with just a point between 4 sides as Heath completed a league double over the in form Horsham FC at Hanbury in front of a crowd of 223.
It was an even first half with all the action packed into the opening 30 minutes as both sides looked but failed to break the deadlock. Heath almost opened the scoring in the opening seconds but Karly Akehurst couldn’t keep his effort down, Chances at both ends could have opened the scoring with Rob O’Toole for Horsham bringing a save from Josh Heyburn and then putting over from close range. At the other end both Alex Laing and Callum Saunders failed to test Josh Pelling in the Horsham goal.
The rest of the half played out without with out much action as both sides entered the break with the game finely poised.
The second half was just two minutes old when the deadlock was broken and it was a fine move that Alex Laing started on the left before working the ball to the right where Callum Saunders put a fantastic ball into the box that Karly Akehurst met brilliantly on the 6 yard line heading powerfully in giving Josh Pelling no chance.
Horsham’s way back into the match became even harder with just 49 minutes played as Alex Laing broke free and Joe Shelley brought him down and received his second yellow card of the game leaving the visitors with just 10 men.
Heath looked to make the extra man advantage count and Joel Daly went on a surging run that ended with the ball just clearing the bar.
With 68 minutes played full back Kieran Rowe exchanged passes with Alex Laing before being brought down in the area by the advancing Josh Pelling, Callum Saunders stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way and put Heath into a two goal lead.
Heath then looked to manage the game but could of added another if Karly Akehurst’s effort had hit the inside of the post and not the outside of it.
Horsham almost grabbed a consolation at the death when a corner in was turned onto the post but the ball was cleared for Heath to claim all 3 points and remain unbeaten in December.
Full Time Haywards Heath Town 2-0 Horsham