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Three Bridges
Haywards Heath Town
C French  (36'), B O’Neill  (43'), G Gaskin  (57'), A Clark  (62' Sent Off)
Full time
C Saunders (25', 69'), A Laing (58'), N Cooper (100')
Tue 5 Feb 19:45 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 92

Heath Leave Bridges With All Three Points

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In a game that had nearly everything Heath left with all three points as Nathan Cooper struck deep in added on time

If ever there was an advert for non-league football this match had to be it, goals, sending off, saves and a penalty.

Heath went into the match without Karly Akehurst (Suspended) and Byron Napper (Unwell) there was however a few familiar faces with Naim Rouane straight into the middle of the park and Trevor McCreadie in amongst the subs.

Our Hosts have been in fine form of late climbing the table and to be fair on a wet night at Jubilee Fields were good value for their half time lead although it certainly wasn't all one way traffic in the first half.

Heath started the match well with Callum Saunders calling Bridges keeper James Shaw into action early on with a good stop, Alex Laing was next to try his luck but the effort was harmlessly wide of the target.

The hosts woke up and an effort from Ibby Akanbi was just wide of the mark, the hosts upped their game and the ever dangerous Alex Clark fired narrowly wide after cutting in from the right wing.

With 12 minutes played Sean Roddy was needed to make a perfectly timed block that had goal written all over it had he not be bang on the money.

With 20 minutes played only a fine save from James Shaw prevented Kane Louis opening the scoring and the loose ball went over the bar from Andrew Dalhouse's overhead attempt.

Although Three Bridges enjoyed good spells of possession Heath looked dangerous going forwards and when Melford Simpson found Callum Saunders 30 yards out from goal he drove forwards and fired into the bottom right corner on 25 minutes.

Bridges 0-1 Heath

The game started to play out in the middle of the park until the 38th minute when Alex Clark beat Luke Robinson and pulled the ball back to Connor French who fired past Josh Heyburn with the added deflection off Nathan Coopers chest to tie the game up.

Bridges 1-1 Heath

Heath almost retook the lead straight away but Melford Simpson's effort came back off the outside of the post. The drama took another turn 2 minutes before the end of the half as Heath's quick break was broken down a ball through the middle found Brannon O'Neill and he gave Josh Heyburn no chance finding the back of the net.

Half Time - Bridges 2-1 Heath

Heath started the 2nd half with a shoot on sight policy all lead by the influential Alex Laing, Block saved and wide were his three attempts inside the opening 5 minutes of the half, but despite Heath's early dominance of the half it was Bridges who increased their lead on 57 minutes as George Gaskin found some space to turn and find the back of the net.

Bridges 3-1 Heath

The 2 goal lead lasted just a minute though as Heath won a free kick half way inside the Bridges half, Callum Saunders sent in a perfect free kick that Alex Laing got in fron of his marker and headed powerfully home.

Bridges 3-2 Heath

With just over an hour played Alex Laing was again in the thick of it committing a foul just outside the Heath box that earned him a yellow card but the events after put a spin on the game as Bridges most influential player Alex Clark was show a straight red for a headbutt. Any signs of the hosts shutting up shop never showed up as they looked to add to their tally even though they were now down to 10 men. Josh Heyburn again made a great stop on 67 minutes with a full length diving save.

It was all level with 71 minutes on the clock and from 45 yards Callum Saunders saw keeper Jame Shaw out of position as he lined up a free kick looking like a standard floated ball into the box but then let rip that the keeper just could readjust to get to.

Bridges 3-3 Heath

Trevor McCreadie then made his return replacing Melford Simpson and his energy again sparked new life into the Heath attack, Heath then saw efforts from Kane Louis go wide, Alex Laing again brought out a save from James Shaw and also saw another effort well blocked.

As time ran down neither side was content with just a point, a smart turn and shot needed saving by Heyburn before a high challenge on Laing earned Gaskin just a yellow but would end the winger match as after a good 5-7 minutes he needed to be stretchered off.

Deep in Injury time Laing's replacement Alusine Bangura almost won it but on the stretch couldn't keep the ball down then with 10 minutes extra played Trevor McCreadie turned in the box and had his ankles clipped and the referee didn't hesitate at pointing at the spot. Callum Saunders stepped up but it was James Shaw guessing right and saving the spot kick at the expense of just a corner. Saunders went straight over and sent the corner in that captain Nathan Cooper got in front of the keeper and his marker to head in the winner.

Full Time Bridges 3-4 Heath

Callum Saunders

Player of the Match

Callum Saunders

Key moments

25:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
36:00
Goal Connor French scores for Three Bridges
43:00
Goal Brannon O’Neill scores for Three Bridges
57:00
Goal George Gaskin scores for Three Bridges
58:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
62:00
Red Card Alex Clark is sent off for Three Bridges
69:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 +10:00
Goal Nathan Cooper scores for Haywards Heath Town

Highlights

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90:00 +12:00 Yellow Card
Antone Douglas is yellow carded for Three Bridges
90:00 +10:00 Goal 3 - 4
Nathan Cooper scores for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 +10:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
90:00 Sub On
Antwon McKenzie is substituted on for Three Bridges
90:00 Sub Off
George Gaskin is substituted off for Three Bridges
88:00 Sub On
Alusine Bangura is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
88:00 Sub Off
Alex Laing is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
85:00 Yellow Card
George Gaskin is yellow carded for Three Bridges
70:00 Sub On
Trevor McCreadie is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
70:00 Sub Off
Melford Simpson is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
69:00 Goal 3 - 3
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
69:00 Sub Off
Connor French is substituted off for Three Bridges
69:00 Sub On
John Ufuah is substituted on for Three Bridges
68:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Simpson is yellow carded for Three Bridges
62:00 Red Card 3 - 2
Alex Clark is sent off for Three Bridges
62:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
58:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
58:00 Goal 3 - 2
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
57:00 Goal 3 - 1
George Gaskin scores for Three Bridges
43:00 Goal 2 - 1
Brannon O’Neill scores for Three Bridges
36:00 Goal 1 - 1
Connor French scores for Three Bridges
32:00 Yellow Card
Naim Rouane is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
25:00 Assist
Melford Simpson makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
End of period
Player of the Match
Callum Saunders is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Three Bridges
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Melford Simpson Assist 25:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 25:00'
  • Naim Rouane Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Connor French Goal 36:00'
  • Brannon O’Neill Goal 43:00'
  • George Gaskin Goal 57:00'
  • Alex Laing Goal 58:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 58:00'
  • Alex Clark Red Card 62:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Nathan Simpson Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 69:00'
  • John Ufuah Sub On 69:00'
  • Connor French Sub Off 69:00'
  • Melford Simpson Sub Off 70:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub On 70:00'
  • George Gaskin Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Alex Laing Sub Off 88:00'
  • Alusine Bangura Sub On 88:00'
  • Antwon McKenzie Sub On 90:00'
  • George Gaskin Sub Off 90:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 90:00 +10:00'
  • Nathan Cooper Goal 90:00 +10:00'
  • Antone Douglas Yellow Card 90:00 +12:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Roddy, Sean Roddy, Sean
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Robinson, Luke Robinson, Luke
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Rouane , Naim Rouane , Naim
Dalhouse, Andrew Dalhouse, Andrew
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Three Bridges
  • 1. James Shaw
  • 2. Nathan Simpson
  • 3. Lee Hall
  • 4. Jensen Grant
  • 5. Connor French
  • 6. Brannon O’Neill
  • 7. Ibby Akanbi
  • 8. Alex Clark
  • 9. George Gaskin
  • 10. Antone Douglas
  • 11. Joe Tennent
  • 12. Liam Collins
  • 13. Collins Atubram
  • 14. Antwon McKenzie
  • 15. John Ufuah

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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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