League Matches End in Defeat
By Stuart Morgan
Heath's final League game may have ended in defeat at Ashford but it certainly wasn't all bad news
Heath's trip to Ashford was filled with if's and maybes but at the end of 90 minutes it was as you were as nothing moved in the play off positions.
Before kick off a win for Heath would see them move to 4th and face an away trip to Hastings on Monday night. A win for Ashford would keep Heath in 5th for a trip to Horsham and dependent on Hastings result away at Greenwich would determine which of the two sides had home advantage.
As it was Hastings won to seal 3rd spot and host Ashford and Heath would make the relatively short journey to Lancing to face 2nd placed Horsham.
Heath were without a recognised keeper and so forward Trevor McCreadie donned the gloves (for an hour anyway) The full use of the Heath squad was used with Cameron Tutt and Tom Graves keeping a starting position from the win over East Grinstead on Bank Holiday Monday.
Heath were very disjointed but the lads that stepped in certainly gave their all throughout the 90 minutes against a very good Ashford side that needed the win in hope that Greenwich would beat Hastings.
McCreadie was beaten in the 14th minute when he failed to get a strong enough hand the Josh Wissons effort over the top of him, he made amends shortly after with a brilliant stop down at his near post to keep the score at one.
The Home side its fair to say were wasteful in front of goal in the opening 45 minutes and towards the end of the half Heath could have snatched a equaliser as George Landais turned and shot narrowly past the post.
Half Time Ashford 1-0 Heath
The second half with the hosts with the wind behind them set up camp in the Heath half, almost straight from kick off the lead was doubled as Heath played themselves into trouble and Danny Parrish pounced and made no mistake past McCreadie.
It was game over two minutes later as Danny Parrish again capitalised on defensive errors and fired in.
The Ashord Skipper made it 4 after 54 minutes sliding in at the far post.
McCreadie had to be replaced just before the hour so in stepped Midfielder Karly Akehurst between the sticks. It's fair to say he rode his luck at times seeing the crossbar rattled and also dropping one between his legs before grabbing it at the second attempt bt enjoyed the banter with the Ashford faithul behind the goal.
Heath almost pulled a consolation back in a rare attack on the Ashford goal but keeper Sam Mott saved well from Alusine Bangura.
Ashford wrapped up the match in the 87th minute with a fine strike from Danny Parrish that gave Akehurst no chance and sealed the number nines hat trick.
Full Time Ashford 5-0 Heath
For both sides a playoff game in 48 hours would be tough but at least they are the closest matches to each other