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Haywards Heath Town
Whyteleafe
A Dalhouse (54'), C Saunders (60', 74')
Full time
J Aiknionbade (13')
Sat 16 Mar 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 127

Saunders Double Keeps Heath secured in Play off Zone

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A much improved second half saw Heath claim all three points and strengthen their position in the play off places

Heath returned to action after a week off but took 45 minutes to really get going.

The only change from the win away at Hasting two weeks ago was Nathan Cooper returning to the heart of the defence and Tom Graves dropping to the bench, Alex Laing continued to deputise at left back with Trevor McCreadie just in front of him.

The weather was always going to make for an interesting match with Heath kicking with the wind first half but it was a slow start and the visitors without a win in 4 took an early lead with a brilliant delivery by Ashley-Paul Robinson that was met perfectly by Junior Aikhionbade with a diving header. The remainder of the half lacked quality with neither keeper really tested as conditions played centre stage and the visitors went in at the break a goal up.

Heath Vs Whyteleafe 16th March 19 By Tony Sim
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Half Time Heath 0-1 Whyteleafe

As in previous weeks it was a much changed second half performance from Heath who took control of the match and it was no surprise that the equaliser came on the 54th minute as Andy Dalhouse got on the end of a Sean Roddy cross to head past Tyler McCarthy in the Leafe goal. The Heath striker was pleased to end his goal drough and on his birthday too.

Heath continued with the pressure and man of the match Callum Saunders scored a wonderful goal to give Heath the lead on 60 minutes brilliantly volleying the ball with the outside of his boot into the top corner.

The match was wrapped up on 74 minutes when Karly Akehurst got to the ball a split second before the Leafe substitute who brought him down and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. Saunders stepped up and made no mistake sending the ball past Tyler McCarthy.

Chances came and went in the final 15 minutes but Heath had done enough in the second half to secure all three points after a week off.

Full Time Heath 3-1 Whyteleafe

Player of the Match – Callum Saunders - Goal of the season candidate............

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Key moments

13:00
Goal Junior Aiknionbade scores for Whyteleafe
54:00
Goal Andrew Dalhouse scores for Haywards Heath Town
60:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
74:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town

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88:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
88:00 Sub On
Tyrese Gray-Branford is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
83:00 Sub Off
Andrew Dalhouse is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
83:00 Sub On
Omar Folkes is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
79:00 Yellow Card
Adam Aziz is yellow carded for Whyteleafe
78:01 Sub On
Adam Aziz is substituted on for Whyteleafe
78:01 Sub Off
Dan Hector is substituted off for Whyteleafe
78:00 Sub On
Tom Graves is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
78:00 Sub Off
Sean Roddy is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
74:00 Assist
Karly Akehurst makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
74:00 Goal 3 - 1
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
72:00 Yellow Card
Callum Saunders is yellow carded for Haywards Heath Town
71:00 Sub Off
Ashley-Paul Robinson is substituted off for Whyteleafe
71:00 Sub On
Emmanuel Maja is substituted on for Whyteleafe
60:00 Assist
Melford Simpson makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
60:00 Goal 2 - 1
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
54:00 Assist
Sean Roddy makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
54:00 Goal 1 - 1
Andrew Dalhouse scores for Haywards Heath Town
48:00 Sub On
Andre McCollin is substituted on for Whyteleafe
48:00 Sub Off
Junior Aiknionbade is substituted off for Whyteleafe
13:00 Goal 0 - 1
Junior Aiknionbade scores for Whyteleafe
End of period
Player of the Match
Callum Saunders is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • Whyteleafe
  • 0
  • Junior Aiknionbade Goal 13:00'
  • Andre McCollin Sub On 48:00'
  • Junior Aiknionbade Sub Off 48:00'
  • Andrew Dalhouse Goal 54:00'
  • Sean Roddy Assist 54:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 60:00'
  • Melford Simpson Assist 60:00'
  • Emmanuel Maja Sub On 71:00'
  • Ashley-Paul Robinson Sub Off 71:00'
  • Callum Saunders Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 74:00'
  • Karly Akehurst Assist 74:00'
  • Sean Roddy Sub Off 78:00'
  • Tom Graves Sub On 78:00'
  • Dan Hector Sub Off 78:01'
  • Adam Aziz Sub On 78:01'
  • Adam Aziz Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Andrew Dalhouse Sub Off 83:00'
  • Omar Folkes Sub On 83:00'
  • Tyrese Gray-Branford Sub On 88:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 88:00'

Team selection

Heyburn, Josh Heyburn, Josh
Roddy, Sean Roddy, Sean
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
McCreadie, Trevor McCreadie, Trevor
Spinks, Josh Spinks, Josh
Laing, Alex Laing, Alex
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
Simpson, Melford Simpson, Melford
Dalhouse, Andrew Dalhouse, Andrew
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Whyteleafe
  • 1. Tyler McCarthy
  • 2. Marvin Armstrong
  • 3. Matt O'Donoghue
  • 4. Scott Day
  • 5. Bryan Akongo
  • 6. Richardo Thompson
  • 7. Bradley Wilson
  • 8. Emmanuel Mensah
  • 9. Junior Aiknionbade
  • 10. Dan Hector
  • 11. Ashley-Paul Robinson
  • 12. Emmanuel Maja
  • 13. . .
  • 14. Andre McCollin
  • 15. Valentino Carpene
  • 16. Adam Aziz
  • 17. Kelvin Ogboe

League round up

Other South East Division results

Ashford United
1
0
East Grinstead Town
Hastings United
3
2
Cray Wanderers
2
2
Guernsey
Hythe Town
2
2
1
0
Sevenoaks Town
2
1
Sittingbourne

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Cray Wanderers 35 79
2. Horsham 36 74
3. Hastings United 35 67
4. Ashford United 35 65
5. Haywards Heath Town 35 63
6. VCD Athletic 35 59
7. Hythe Town 35 52

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