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East Grinstead Town
Haywards Heath Town
G Cundle (6', 93' Pen), A Cooney (15')
Full time
K Akehurst (21'), C Saunders (33'), B Napper (41')
Sat 29 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 201

93rd minute penalty halts Heath's winning run

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Heath were hit hard deep in injury time as East Grinstead scored from the spot to share the points at East Court

Heath played their final match of the season making the short trip to mid table East Grinstead Town knowing that a win would also see them top off a perfect December but as Christmas hangovers go it hit Heath hard in the opening 20 minutes.

The hosts were quick out of the block, working hard and keeping Heath on the back foot and it was no real surprise with just 6 minutes played their hard work paid off albeit with a little bit of luck, Heath failed to clear the ball and it ended up at the feet of Greg Cundle and his strike took a deflection that sent the ball up and over Josh Heyburn.

The Host's continued their pressure as Heath really struggled to find any of their usual fluidity being caught in possession or wasteful with their passing. It was the hosts that extended their lead on 16 minutes when a corner in was met by Drew Cooney who freely headed in to the back of the net.

Somehow Heath did not let their heads drop and started to finally wake up to the game going on around them, with 21 minutes played that life line came as Callum Saunders was released on the right and his square ball across cut out the keeper and gave Karly Akehurst the simplest of tap ins.

The goal really did spark Heath into life and with 33 minutes played the game was all level, Kieran Rowe exchanged passes with Alex Laing and his effort towards the far corner could only be pushed away by Sheikh Ceesay into the path of Callum Saunders who finished brilliantly from a tight angle.

East Grinstead looked to respond but the effort cleared the bar and then at the other end Callum Saunders was left wondering how he hadn't doubled his tally steering the ball the wrong side of the post.

Heath were to complete the turnaround before the break however and it was another collectors item from Byron Napper as the ball dropped to him on the edge of the area he volleyed into the far corner for his 3rd goal of the season.

Half Time East Grinstead Town 2-3 Heath

The drama of the first half never really materialized in the second 45 minutes with some rare flashes and the referee trying to keep tempers under control.

Karly Akehurst saw an effort from the edge of the box fly over on 53 minutes and at the other end the hosts went close flashing a ball across goal and then a header well met from a good cross headed wide.

Callum Saunders put in a fine block on 68 minutes to stop Josh Heyburn being called into action. Heath lost Josh Spinks shortly after when he was caught late earning the Grinstead player a yellow but ending Spinks' afternoon.

Heyburn had to be quick off his line on 77 minutes saving at the attackers feet and then pulled off the saves of the match 5 minutes later as the hosts heaped the pressure on. It was a double save that left the East Grinstead players thinking it wasn't to be their day but one any watching Heath supporter has come accustomed to.

There was to be one final twist as the hosts threw men forwards in search of an equaliser, a long diagonal ball was put in to the Heath box and the header towards goal hit Joel Daly on his arm with the referee immediately pointing to the spot.

It was Greg Cundle who stepped up and converted as Josh Heyburn dived left he put it t the keepers right in the 93 minute

Full Time East Grinstead Town 3-3 Heath

More Photos from Grahame Lehkyj can be found by clicking HERE

Key moments

6:00
Goal Greg Cundle scores for East Grinstead Town
15:00
Goal Andrew Cooney scores for East Grinstead Town
21:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
33:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
41:00
Goal Byron Napper scores for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 +3:00
Scored Penalty Greg Cundle scores a penalty for East Grinstead Town

Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 3
Greg Cundle scores a penalty for East Grinstead Town
89:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
82:00 Sub Off
Kieran Rowe is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
82:00 Sub On
Lewis Finney is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
78:00 Yellow Card
Byron Napper is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
73:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
73:00 Sub On
Max Miller is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Karn Miller-Neave is yellow carded for East Grinstead Town
68:00 Sub On
Dean Gunter is substituted on for East Grinstead Town
68:00 Sub Off
Oliver Boulding is substituted off for East Grinstead Town
67:01 Sub Off
Leonardo Mazzone is substituted off for East Grinstead Town
67:01 Sub On
Jack Bray is substituted on for East Grinstead Town
67:00 Sub On
Sean Roddy is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
67:00 Sub Off
Josh Spinks is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
65:01 Yellow Card
Jordan Johnson is yellow carded for East Grinstead Town
65:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Cooper is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
61:00 Yellow Card
Mitchell Chapman is yellow carded for East Grinstead Town
41:00 Goal 2 - 3
Byron Napper scores for Haywards Heath Town
33:00 Assist
Kieran Rowe makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
33:00 Goal 2 - 2
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
22:00 Yellow Card
Andrew Cooney is yellow carded for East Grinstead Town
21:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
21:00 Goal 2 - 1
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
15:00 Goal 2 - 0
Andrew Cooney scores for East Grinstead Town
6:00 Goal 1 - 0
Greg Cundle scores for East Grinstead Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • East Grinstead Town
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Greg Cundle Goal 6:00'
  • Andrew Cooney Goal 15:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 21:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 21:00'
  • Andrew Cooney Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 33:00'
  • Kieran Rowe Assist 33:00'
  • Byron Napper Goal 41:00'
  • Mitchell Chapman Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Jordan Johnson Yellow Card 65:01'
  • Josh Spinks Sub Off 67:00'
  • Sean Roddy Sub On 67:00'
  • Leonardo Mazzone Sub Off 67:01'
  • Jack Bray Sub On 67:01'
  • Oliver Boulding Sub Off 68:00'
  • Dean Gunter Sub On 68:00'
  • Karn Miller-Neave Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Max Miller Sub On 73:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 73:00'
  • Byron Napper Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Lewis Finney Sub On 82:00'
  • Kieran Rowe Sub Off 82:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Greg Cundle Scored Penalty 90:00 +3:00'

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
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
East Grinstead Town
  • 1. Sheikh Ceesay
  • 2. Callum Emptage
  • 3. Karn Miller-Neave
  • 4. Daniel Pearce
  • 5. Andrew Cooney
  • 6. Ryan Johnson
  • 7. Leonardo Mazzone
  • 8. Mitchell Chapman
  • 9. Greg Cundle
  • 10. Jordan Johnson
  • 11. Oliver Boulding
  • 12. Jack Bray
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Dean Gunter
  • 15. Matt Day
  • 16. Jacob Hutchingson
  • 17. Freddie Yao

League round up

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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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