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Haywards Heath Town
Horsham
K Akehurst (47'), C Saunders (68')
Full time
J Shelley (49' Sent Off)
Sat 22 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 223

Christmas starts early as Akehurst and Saunders hit the spot

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.

Heath Vs Horsham 22nd Dec 18 by Tony Sim
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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

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Alex Laing

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Key moments

47:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
49:00
Red Card Joe Shelley is sent off for Horsham
68:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town

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Heath Vs Horsham 22nd Dec 18 by Tony Sim
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Highlights

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89:00 Yellow Card
Karly Akehurst is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Sub Off
Melford Simpson is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Sub On
Lewis Finney is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
72:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
72:00 Sub On
Max Miller is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
70:00 Sub On
Lee Harding is substituted on for Horsham
70:00 Sub Off
Jack Brivio is substituted off for Horsham
68:00 Assist
Kieran Rowe makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
68:00 Goal 2 - 0
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
60:00 Sub On
Joey Taylor is substituted on for Horsham
60:00 Sub Off
Chris Smith is substituted off for Horsham
59:42 Yellow Card
Callum Saunders is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
51:00 Sub On
Dean Lovegrove is substituted on for Horsham
51:00 Sub Off
Rob O'Toole is substituted off for Horsham
49:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Joe Shelley is sent off for Horsham
47:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
47:00 Goal 1 - 0
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
28:00 Yellow Card
Joe Shelley is yellow carded for Horsham
End of period
Clean Sheet Bonus
Joel Daly keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
Player of the Match
Alex Laing is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
Clean Sheet Bonus
Kieran Rowe keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
Clean Sheet Bonus
Josh Spinks keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
Clean Sheet Bonus
Nathan Cooper keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
Clean Sheet Bonus
Josh Heyburn keeps a clean sheet for Haywards Heath Town
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Horsham
  • 0
  • Joe Shelley Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 47:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 47:00'
  • Joe Shelley Red Card 49:00'
  • Rob O'Toole Sub Off 51:00'
  • Dean Lovegrove Sub On 51:00'
  • Callum Saunders Yellow Card 59:42'
  • Joey Taylor Sub On 60:00'
  • Chris Smith Sub Off 60:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 68:00'
  • Kieran Rowe Assist 68:00'
  • Jack Brivio Sub Off 70:00'
  • Lee Harding Sub On 70:00'
  • Max Miller Sub On 72:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 72:00'
  • Lewis Finney Sub On 87:00'
  • Melford Simpson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Yellow Card 89:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Daly, Joel Daly, Joel
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Rowe, Kieran Rowe, Kieran
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
Horsham
  • 1. Josh Pelling
  • 2. Steve Metcalf
  • 3. Harvey Sparks
  • 4. Chris Smith
  • 5. Joe Shelley
  • 6. Dylan Merchant Simmons
  • 7. Jack Brivio
  • 8. George Hayward
  • 9. Rob O'Toole
  • 10. Kieran Lavery
  • 11. Tyrell Richardson-Brown
  • 12. Dean Lovegrove
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Joey Taylor
  • 15. Will Hoare
  • 16. Charlie Harris
  • 17. Lee Harding

League round up

Other South East Division results

Guernsey
0
3
3
1
Hythe Town
Whyteleafe
3
1
East Grinstead Town

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cray Wanderers 20 51
2. Hastings United 20 41
3. Horsham 20 38
4. Ashford United 20 36
5. Whyteleafe 20 35
6. Haywards Heath Town 20 33
7. Hythe Town 20 31

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