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Haywards Heath Town
Herne Bay
A Laing (70'), T Graves (89')
Full time
T Carlton (40')
Sat 9 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 97

Heath leave it late to take all three points at Hanbury

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For the second game in a row Heath left it late to take all three points and hold their place in the play off zone.

A blustery day at Hanbury made for difficult conditions as Heath looked to hold their playoff position and Herne Bay looked to make moves away from the relegation zone.

First early chance in the game fell to the visitors but the effort scuffed and opportunity easily gathered by Josh Heyburn, Heath responded through Andrew Dalhouse but he couldn't keep his effort down. With just 5 minutes on the clock Herne Bay really should have opened the scoring but from close range Jake Embery lifted the ball over the bar.

The match flattened somewhat with Herne Bay good in possession but lacked the cutting edge in the final third like wise Heath were also kept from getting within shooting range with some good defending. Unfortunately Luke Robinson fell awkwardly stretching for a ball and had to be replced by the returning Tom Graves.

Heath Vs Herne Bay 9th Feb 19 by Tony Sim
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With 33 minutes played Sean Roddy struck a great freekick that keeper Simon Overland tipped round the post for the expense of a corner. Heyburn was the next keeper called into action as a great effort from distance need a superb tip over.

On 40 minutes Herne Bay opened the scoring with a free flowing move was well finished by Thomas Carlton.

Half Time Heath 0-1 Herne Bay

If it was Herne Bay first half then the second half belonged to Heath as they looked for a way back into the game, Byron Napper slipped in Trevor McCreadie early on but the keeper was alert and out quickly to make a good save.

Heath really upped the pressure as Nather Cooper headed over from a Callum Saunders corner, then Alex Laing couldn't control his snap shot before Danny Rumbol made a timely block also preventing Andy Dalhouse from equalising.

Heaths attempts continued with Sean Roddy firing straight at the keeper and good runs and crosses from both Alex Laing and Trevor McCreadie just couldn't find anyone on the end of them in the 6 yard box.

Melford Simpsons introduction to the match gave the visitors more things to think about and he was unlucky not to find the target minutes after coming on when he brought the ball down and spun and shot just off target,this was followed by a handball appeal that were waved away.

Heath finally broke down Herne Bay and it was Alex Laing who rose highest to head in from a Callum Saunders free kick with 20 minutes to play.

Heath continued with the pressure and Herne Bay looked to play on the break but both Nathan Cooper and Josh Spinks were excellent at preventing anything getting past but when Callum Saunders header hit the bar with 10 minutes remaining and an even bigger handball appeal than before that was again waved away it looked like the points would be shared.

Heath saw more efforts stopped as the keeper made a good reaction save as Callum Saunders turned Trevor McCreadies cross goal-wards and then the keeper got well at his near post to stop Alex Laing's near post effort.

It would be all three points to Heath as with just a minute of normal time remaining from the following corner substitute Tom Graves met Callum Saunders corner and planted his header into the back of the net to seal a Heath win.

Full Time - Heath 2-1 Herne Bay

Man of the Match – Alex Laing - always the ability to be a game changer.

Alex Laing

Player of the Match

Alex Laing

Key moments

40:00
Goal Thomas Carlton scores for Herne Bay
70:00
Goal Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
89:00
Goal Tom Graves scores for Haywards Heath Town

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Highlights

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89:08 Sub On
Omar Folkes is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
89:06 Sub Off
Trevor McCreadie is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Goal 2 - 1
Tom Graves scores for Haywards Heath Town
85:00 Sub On
Simon Kabamba is substituted on for Herne Bay
85:00 Sub Off
Raphe Brown is substituted off for Herne Bay
77:00 Sub On
Michael Freiter is substituted on for Herne Bay
77:00 Sub Off
Harry Miller is substituted off for Herne Bay
72:00 Yellow Card
Harry Miller is yellow carded for Herne Bay
70:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
70:00 Goal 1 - 1
Alex Laing scores for Haywards Heath Town
65:00 Sub On
Melford Simpson is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
65:00 Sub Off
Andrew Dalhouse is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
40:00 Goal 0 - 1
Thomas Carlton scores for Herne Bay
22:00 Yellow Card
Kane Louis is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
21:00 Sub On
Tom Graves is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
21:00 Sub Off
Luke Robinson is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
10:00 Yellow Card
Sean Roddy is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
End of period
Player of the Match
Alex Laing is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Herne Bay
  • 0
  • Sean Roddy Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Tom Graves Sub On 21:00'
  • Luke Robinson Sub Off 21:00'
  • Kane Louis Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Thomas Carlton Goal 40:00'
  • Andrew Dalhouse Sub Off 65:00'
  • Melford Simpson Sub On 65:00'
  • Alex Laing Goal 70:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 70:00'
  • Harry Miller Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Michael Freiter Sub On 77:00'
  • Harry Miller Sub Off 77:00'
  • Raphe Brown Sub Off 85:00'
  • Simon Kabamba Sub On 85:00'
  • Tom Graves Goal 89:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 89:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub Off 89:06'
  • Omar Folkes Sub On 89:08'

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
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
McCreadie, Trevor McCreadie, Trevor
Dalhouse, Andrew Dalhouse, Andrew
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Herne Bay
  • 1. Simon Overland
  • 2. Alex Mulrooney-Skinner
  • 3. Raphe Brown
  • 4. Ben Gorham
  • 5. Danny Rumbol
  • 6. Connor Wilkins
  • 7. Bradley Schafer
  • 8. Thomas Carlton
  • 9. Jake Embery
  • 10. Ronald Sobowale
  • 11. Harry Miller
  • 12. Simon Kabamba
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Tahjae Anderson
  • 15. Michael Freiter
  • 16. Callum Adonis-Taylor

League round up

Other South East Division results

Cray Wanderers
3
0
Guernsey
East Grinstead Town
1
0
Hythe Town
5
1
Sevenoaks Town
1
3
Whyteleafe
1
3
Horsham
1
1
Hastings United

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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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