Heath’s five game losing streak came to an end on Saturday with an emphatic 4-0 home win over Peacehaven & Telscombe, with Ollie Moore netting his first hat-trick of the season.
The Broadbridge Heath view by Andy Crisp.
Team selection in recent weeks has been difficult for the Bears management with so many player’s injured or unavailable, so it was an unfamiliar looking line-up and a change of formation moving away from the customary 4:3:3, to a more conventional 4:4:2 with Moore taking on the role of one of the two main strikers.
Despite the changes Heath started well and Martin was close to putting his team ahead when he met a Jamal Sultan right wing cross with a powerful downward header that bounced over the crossbar. Minutes later Jamie Robinson, playing an attacking midfield role, got behind the Peacehaven right back and from the goal-line picked out Moore at the far post who gave the visitor’s goal keeper Lawrence Sanded no chance with a precision header into the top right corner of the net.
The visitors responded well with Acer Wake looking the most likely person to pull a goal back when he had Peachaven’s first shot on target on twenty-five minutes which went straight into the arms of Michael Chester, minutes later Wake was again close with a right foot shot just wide of the post and 10 minutes before the break he came even closer with a shot that came off the inside of the post and across the face of goal before Chester cleared the danger.
Just before the break Moore almost grabbed his second of the match when he headed a Sultan cross over the advancing keeper but also just over the crossbar.
The second half continued to be a close affair with Moore shooting just wide of the Peacehaven goal on 60 minutes and Tim Martin was unlucky when he received the ball from Robinson and turned on a sixpence and shot just over the bar from 12 yards.
At the other end the visitors’ won a series of corners and on one Heath were saved by Mitchell Clark, standing on the post in the perfect position to clear off the goal-line.
Heath doubled their lead in the seventy-second minute, and it came after some clever wing play by “The Sultan of Swing” Jamal Sultan who dazzled his marker before swinging in a ball from the right which Tim Martin dispatched at the near post.
Heath were now dominate and added a third 10 minutes later when Scott Weller intercepted a cross-field ball, beat the last defender and as Sanded came out to narrow the angle he unselfishly squared the ball to Moore for a tap-in.
Conor Wilkins came close to pulling a goal back for his side in injury time but Chester was down quickly to save low to his right.
Deep into added time Callum Nash broke away, Sanded was quickly off his line but as Nash tried to dribble the ball around the keeper he was brought down for a clear cut penalty, surprisingly Sanded was only cautioned for the offence but Moore stepped up to convert from the spot and complete his hat-trick and complete a very good afternoon for Broadbridge Heath FC.
Assistant Manager Steve Whiting commented:
“It was good to get back into winning ways, we’ve had a real tough run of fixtures in recent weeks which has come at a time when we’ve been missing a lot of our senior players, so it was good to see how the players reacted today, they all put in a shift and thoroughly deserve the win”.
Broadbridge Heath 4-0 Peacehaven & Telscombe