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Phoenix Sports
Haywards Heath Town
J Duah-Kessie (12', 78')
Full time
M Simpson (14', 74'), C Saunders (21', 71')
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 83

Simpson & Saunders at the Double

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Heath continued their impressive away form as both Melford Simpson & Callum Saunders made sure the points returned to Hanbury

Heath have now managed to lose just the once on the road this season as they came away from Phoenix Sports with all three points.

After last weeks late winner Tom Graves made his first start since lifting the league and cup double last season, Melford Simpson returned to lead the line with Trevor McCreadie rotating to the bench.

An early tone was set as both sides escaped what many thought should have been yellow cards in the first 5 minutes, the resulting free kick for Heath saw Sean Roddy's effort blocked by the wall, Phoenix Sports looked bright going forwards and their direct play was keeping the Heath players on their toes and with 9 minutes played Josh Heyburn had to be alert as the Phoenix Sports front man found some space but the tight angle was well saved with Heyburn's feet.

Heath Vs Phoenix Sports 16th Feb By Tony Sim
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The deadlock was broken much to the delight of the home crowd (and Simo holding golden goal ticket) on 12 minutes as Jeff Duah-Kessie peeled off his marker and headed in at the far post.

Phoenix Sports 1-0 Heath

It was a short lived lead as less than two minutes later Alex Laing picked up the ball on the left and sent in a great cross that Melford Simpson was brave to get his head to as defender and keeper challenged for it to no avail as the ball found its way in.

Phoenix Sports 1-1 Heath

It was a match that was swinging both ways with Josh Heyburn coming to the Heath rescue again when Phoenix Sports broke through one on one and Heyburn made a great point blank save, this then spur'ed Heath on ad a ball down field found Alex Laing who headed into the path of Callum Saunders who made no mistake firing in from a tight angle giving the keeper no chance.

Phoenix Sports 1-2 Heath

Heath then upped the pressure with the better chances for the remainder of the half, Callum Saunders flashed the ball narrowly wide from a well struck free kick, Alex Laing then tried his luck from range as he cut in from the left but his effort cleared the bar.

Heath saw a strong penalty claim waved away much to the frustration of the bench.

With 5 minutes remaining both sides were frustrated by the woodwork, first Andrew Dalhouse made some space in a tight area turning and shooting but the outside of the post came to the hosts rescue with the keeper rooted, then a minute before the break Phoenix Sports again cut Heath open but although the Phoenix Sports striker went round Heyburn his effort from an angle came off the far post and back into Heyburn's arms.

Half Time - Phoenix Sports 1-2 Heath

The second half lived up to the first with plenty of action and almost straight away Alex Laing tested the Phoenix Sports keeper stinging his gloves with a brilliant volley after being found by Kane Louis. Phoenix Sports responded well and two efforts from from distance needed well timed blocks for the expense of a couple of corners. The second corner saw a Phoenix Sports player go over in the box under pressure of Tom Graves but for the second time in the game a strong penalty appeal was waved away.

Efforts from distance from both sides didn't trouble either keeper before Heath opened up their advantage through Callum Saunders, again Alex Laing found Saunders and he fired with power past the keeper.

Phoenix Sports 1-3 Heath

Just 3 minutes later it was another goal for the away support to cheer as Kane Louis did brilliantly to dig out a cross the Melford Simpson had time to chest down and smash past the Phoenix Sports keeper.

Phoenix Sports 1-4 Heath

Josh Spinks who has started every match for Heath so far this season made way for Tyrese Gray-Branford and the youngster slotted in brilliantly for the remaining 15 minutes, but the scoring wasn't over as with 12 minutes remaining the ball fell to Jeff Duah-Kessie and from 18 yards out curled the ball with power past the un-sighted Heyburn into the far corner.

Phoenix Sports 2-4 Heath

As Heath looked to manage the game to a finish all the chances fell to the visitors, Laing tried an audacious long rang chip that cleared the cross bar before being replaced by Omar Folkes, Nathan Cooper headed over from an incoming Saunders corner, Saunders then saw an effort easily gathered before in added on time substitute Trevor McCreadie went on a mazy run that saw his effort on target deflected out for the expense of a corner.

Full Time - Phoenix Sports 2-4 Heath

MOM - Callum Saunders, two great goals and in the thick of it all of the match. [i][/i]

Callum Saunders

Player of the Match

Callum Saunders

Key moments

12:00
Goal Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
14:00
Goal Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
21:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
71:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
74:00
Goal Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
78:00
Goal Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Callum Saunders is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Sub On
Omar Folkes is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Sub Off
Alex Laing is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
86:00 Sub Off
Kameron Mendez is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
86:00 Sub On
Kameron Mendez is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
83:00 Sub On
Conrad Lee is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
83:00 Sub Off
Ashley Proberts is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
78:00 Goal 2 - 4
Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
76:00 Sub Off
George Whitelock is substituted off for Phoenix Sports
76:00 Sub On
Alex Teniola is substituted on for Phoenix Sports
75:00 Sub On
Tyrese Gray-Branford is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
75:00 Sub Off
Josh Spinks is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
74:00 Assist
Kane Louis makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
74:00 Goal 1 - 4
Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Goal 1 - 3
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Assist
Alex Laing makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
69:00 Sub Off
Andrew Dalhouse is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
69:00 Sub On
Trevor McCreadie is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
68:00 Yellow Card
Zak Byron is yellow carded for Phoenix Sports
62:00 Yellow Card
Alex Laing is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
21:00 Assist
Alex Laing makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
21:00 Goal 1 - 2
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
14:00 Goal 1 - 1
Melford Simpson scores for Haywards Heath Town
14:00 Assist
Alex Laing makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jeff Duah-Kessie scores for Phoenix Sports
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Phoenix Sports
  • Haywards Heath Town
  • 0
  • Jeff Duah-Kessie Goal 12:00'
  • Melford Simpson Goal 14:00'
  • Alex Laing Assist 14:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 21:00'
  • Alex Laing Assist 21:00'
  • Alex Laing Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Zak Byron Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Trevor McCreadie Sub On 69:00'
  • Andrew Dalhouse Sub Off 69:00'
  • Alex Laing Assist 71:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 71:00'
  • Melford Simpson Goal 74:00'
  • Kane Louis Assist 74:00'
  • Tyrese Gray-Branford Sub On 75:00'
  • Josh Spinks Sub Off 75:00'
  • Alex Teniola Sub On 76:00'
  • George Whitelock Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jeff Duah-Kessie Goal 78:00'
  • Ashley Proberts Sub Off 83:00'
  • Conrad Lee Sub On 83:00'
  • Kameron Mendez Sub On 86:00'
  • Kameron Mendez Sub Off 86:00'
  • Alex Laing Sub Off 87:00'
  • Omar Folkes Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Roddy, Sean Roddy, Sean
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Graves, Tom Graves, Tom
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Louis, Kane Louis, Kane
Dalhouse, Andrew Dalhouse, Andrew
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
Phoenix Sports
  • 1. Steven Phillips
  • 2. Ryan Andrews
  • 3. Ashley Proberts
  • 4. Jack Hopkins
  • 5. Lewis Clark
  • 6. George Whitelock
  • 7. Tony Robinson
  • 8. Zak Byron
  • 9. Jeff Duah-Kessie
  • 10. Kweku Ansah
  • 11. Kenny Aileru
  • 12. Alex Teniola
  • 13. Conrad Lee
  • 14. Andrew Dythe
  • 15. Kameron Mendez

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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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