Pre-season Round Up
Well it’s over and done again and now it comes down to the real business of leagues and cups that mean something….although I have never met a player that doesn’t want to win regardless of the type of match!
We opened pre-season away at Egham Town and controlled the match well, Heath opened the scoring through debutant Henry Watson who steered the ball in after getting on the end of Callum Saunders Free kick. Egham levelled the scores midway through the first half with a ball straight down the middle it was Saunders who sealed the match with a cross/shot that ended up in the top corner!
Egham 1-2 Heath
Heath then visited Horsham’s brand new ground for its and our second match, Horsham opened the scoring through a well taken free kick, Heath were well in the game first half and had 2 strong penalty appeals waved away, lots of changes throughout the 2nd half didn’t help with play that Horsham dominated. The match was wrapped up with an injury time penalty that the host converted.
Horsham 2-0 Heath
After being let down by a much more local Old Varndeanians, Romford extended the hand of friendship as Heath made the journey through the Dartford tunnel for their 3rd pre-season friendly. The hosts opened the scoring against the run of play but soon Trevor McCreadie was off the mark with a brilliant finish from 20 yards, Saunders then put Heath ahead with a great run and finish. The hosts evened up the game from the penalty spot but come half time Heath were again in front as Saunders converted after his initial spot kick was saved after being brought down. The second half saw another spot kick awarded and Saunders duly completed his hat trick.
Romford 2-4 Heath
Next up was a trip to the Beacon on a Thursday night, a strange game that from being in total control Heath seemed to have thrown it away but finished up winning. Trevor McCreadie and Nathan Cooper gave Heath an early lead; a great free kick pulled a goal back for the hosts but a great run and strike by Nico Cotton again put 2 goals between the sides. The second half saw changes and with that the hosts got more into the match, A mix up at the back allowed a goal to be pulled back and the a penalty 5 minutes from time saw the game poised at 3-3. With just a minute left Lekan Osideko found space in the box and fired into the corner.
Hassocks 3-4 Heath
Less than 48 hours later Heath visited SCFL new boys Horley Town, The first half saw Heath in full control with debutant Jack Hartley opening the scoring and then Callum Saunders converting from the spot after Lloyd Cotton was bundled over. It was 3-0 by half time as Jack Hartley tried from distance and a deflection helped the ball in. 6 half time changes again disrupted Heath’s flow and within 10 minutes Horley had pulled a goal back. Jack Harley again gave a 3 goal cushion as he completed his hat trick with a fine strike on the run. Horley got a late consolation with a finish from the back post after Heath failed to deal with a corner.
Horley 2-4 Heath
Heath wrapped up pre-season against premier side Lewes who had gone unbeaten throughout pre-season. An early goal settled the Lewes nerves as a deep cross was headed back across goal into the far corner. Heath took time to settle against their premier opposition but settled down and when Trevor McCreadie was bundled over Callum Saunders calmly converted the penalty. Lewes re took the lead before half time as a shot was turned in on the line. The second half saw Heath turn the game on its head with a flurry of goals. Jack Hartley made it 4 goals in 2 games punishing a defensive laps and smashing in, Andy Dalhouse then did brilliantly to put Heath into the lead for the first time, sliding in to meet Callum Saunders ball in and then the match was wrapped up by Lloyd Cotton although he didn’t know much about it as the ball was fired against him from close range and ended up in the back of the net.
Heath 4-2 Horley
Pre-season was rounded up on Thursday night with a training match against Balcombe, the match was split into three 30 minute matches to give everyone minutes, Heath were firmly on top throughout and goals from Callum Saunders, Nathan Cooper, Jack Hartley and Trevor McCreadie proved too much for the opposition.
Now the players will have a weekend off and prepare for the opening fixture next weekend with East Grinstead Town during the week.