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First Team - Match centre

Haywards Heath Town
East Grinstead Town
K Akehurst (15'), K Pogue (41'), C Saunders (62')
Full time
M Elliott (24')
Mon 22 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - South East Division Attendance 184

Heath Seal Final Playoff Place

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Heath final found their mojo again as they saw off East Grinstead and secured a playoff place as the season draws to a close

It's fair to say that in recent matches the Heath players have struggled to find that click that has helped them through the clubs maiden Bostik campaign but today it came back in floods as a fine team performance made sure of the 3 points required to extend the season that little bit longer.

Heath really set the tempo from the start with no signs of tired legs from Ramsgate away less than 48 hours previous.

An early chance came for Callum Saunders who was well found by Kenny Pogue but his effort whistled over the bar, It wasn't long before the deadlock was broken as Karly Akehurst anticipated the corner from Callum Saunders well and met the ball with a firm header to score for in the 14th minute.

Heath Vs East Grinstead Town 22nd April by Tony Sim
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Heath had a chance to make it two just 4 minutes later as Trevor McCreadie raced clear but his effort across goal missed the far post with Kenny Pogue frustrated the ball wasn't squared for a potential tap in.

East Grinstead Town managed to draw level in the 22nd minute. A ball through the middle split Heath apart and the striker Marcus Elliott found the bottom corner well giving Ant Ender no chance.

The game settled for a period and the next chance again fell to the visitors from a well delivered corner but the header was powerful but way over the bar.

Heath continued to play with good freedom that had been missing in past weeks especially from full back as both Kieran Row and Cameron Tutt continued to play high up the pitch and create openings for Heath.

As the game headed towards half time Jamie Weston made some space for shot that took a deflection on its way to goal for the expense of a corner. the resulting corner again whipped in by Callum Saunders found Kenny Pogue on the edge of the 6 yard box and he volleyed home brilliantly.

Half Time - Heath 2-1 East Grinstead

With VCD winning at Half time at Phoenix Sports it was going to be a nervous 45 minutes for Heath but once again they proved they were more than a match for their visitors, both Sean Roddy and Nathan Cooper were solid in the heart of defence with the added protection of Byron Napper shielding them.

East Grinstead certainly weren't giving up hope of taking something from the game and within 5 minutes of the restart Ant Ender needed to be alert to pull off a fine effort from drawing the game level.

With 56 minutes played Callum Saunders burst free but his powerful effort lacked direction as the keeper watched it go harmlessly wide.

With an hour on the clock the Heath pressure finally payed off as a ball in the box was handled and the referee took no time pointing to the spot. Callum Saunders stepped up and although his initial effort was well saved he reacted quickest to the loose ball and stabbed it just under the keeper who got a good hand to it but not enough.

The East Grinstead Town FC manager decided to introduce some fresh legs with a substitution in the 69th minute and 75th Minute

Changes in the 76th minute for Haywards Heath Town FC as Kenny Pogue is replaced by George Landais.

With just over 10 minutes remaining Grinstead keeper Bannon Daly pulled off the save of the match somehow getting accross and keeping Jamie Weston's freekick that was heading for the top corner.

Alex Laing replaced Callum Saunders and Omar Folkes replaced Jamie Weston as time ran down.

With the match deep in injury time Heath really should have added one more goal as George Landais raced clear before unselfishly laying the ball on a plate for Alex Laing but rather than shoot he inturn laid the ball to Trevor McCreadie but by this time East Gristead managed to get enough players back to get a good block in.

Full Time - Heath 3-1 East Grinstead Town

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Player of the Match

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Key moments

15:00
Goal Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
24:00
Goal Marcus Elliott scores for East Grinstead Town
41:00
Goal Kenny Pogue scores for Haywards Heath Town
62:00
Goal Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town

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Highlights

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89:00 Sub On
Omar Folkes is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
89:00 Sub Off
Jamie Weston is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
87:00 Sub On
Jerson Dos Santos is substituted on for East Grinstead Town
87:00 Sub Off
Leonardo Mazzone is substituted off for East Grinstead Town
84:00 Sub On
Alex Laing is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
84:00 Sub Off
Callum Saunders is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
79:00 Yellow Card
Leonardo Mazzone is yellow carded for East Grinstead Town
77:00 Sub Off
Jack Bray is substituted off for East Grinstead Town
77:00 Sub On
Matt Day is substituted on for East Grinstead Town
76:01 Sub On
George Landais is substituted on for Haywards Heath Town
76:01 Sub Off
Kenny Pogue is substituted off for Haywards Heath Town
70:00 Sub Off
Marcus Elliott is substituted off for East Grinstead Town
70:00 Sub On
Orlando Smith is substituted on for East Grinstead Town
62:00 Goal 3 - 1
Callum Saunders scores for Haywards Heath Town
41:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
41:00 Goal 2 - 1
Kenny Pogue scores for Haywards Heath Town
24:00 Goal 1 - 1
Marcus Elliott scores for East Grinstead Town
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Karly Akehurst scores for Haywards Heath Town
15:00 Assist
Callum Saunders makes an assist for Haywards Heath Town
End of period
Player of the Match
Jamie Weston is awarded player of the match for Haywards Heath Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Haywards Heath Town
  • East Grinstead Town
  • 0
  • Karly Akehurst Goal 15:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 15:00'
  • Marcus Elliott Goal 24:00'
  • Kenny Pogue Goal 41:00'
  • Callum Saunders Assist 41:00'
  • Callum Saunders Goal 62:00'
  • Marcus Elliott Sub Off 70:00'
  • Orlando Smith Sub On 70:00'
  • Kenny Pogue Sub Off 76:01'
  • George Landais Sub On 76:01'
  • Jack Bray Sub Off 77:00'
  • Matt Day Sub On 77:00'
  • Leonardo Mazzone Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Callum Saunders Sub Off 84:00'
  • Alex Laing Sub On 84:00'
  • Leonardo Mazzone Sub Off 87:00'
  • Jerson Dos Santos Sub On 87:00'
  • Omar Folkes Sub On 89:00'
  • Jamie Weston Sub Off 89:00'

Team selection

Ender, Anthony Ender, Anthony
Rowe, Kieran Rowe, Kieran
Cooper, Nathan Cooper, Nathan
McCreadie, Trevor McCreadie, Trevor
Roddy, Sean Roddy, Sean
Tutt, Cameron Tutt, Cameron
Saunders, Callum Saunders, Callum
Weston, Jamie Weston, Jamie
Akehurst, Karly Akehurst, Karly
Pogue, Kenny Pogue, Kenny
Napper, Byron Napper, Byron
East Grinstead Town
  • 1. Brannon Daly
  • 2. Callum Emptage
  • 3. Karn Miller-Neave
  • 4. Jordan Johnson
  • 5. Drew Cooney
  • 6. Jack Bray
  • 7. Leonardo Mazzone
  • 8. Mitchell Chapman
  • 9. Marcus Elliott
  • 10. Greg Cundle
  • 11. Oliver Boulding
  • 12. Matt Day
  • 13. . .
  • 14. O'Shaye Giraud-Hutchinson
  • 15. Orlando Smith
  • 16. Jerson Dos Santos

League round up

Other South East Division results

Cray Wanderers
3
4
Sevenoaks Town
Guernsey
1
2
Horsham
Hastings United
2
2
Ashford United
1
1
Sittingbourne
0
0
Hythe Town
Whyteleafe
0
2

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League table

# 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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