Saunders Double Keeps Heath secured in Play off Zone
By Mark Russ
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.
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............