Hat-trick hero Ollie Moore helps Bears end their 5 game losing streak

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


Match Report: The Bears view… Arundel 1-2 Broadbridge Heath

img_0182By Andy Crisp.

Broadbridge Heath got back to winning ways with a 2-1 away win at Arundel, a victory that sees the Bears move up to sixth place in the Southern Combination Football League.

Steve Painter was forced to make 3 changes to his back four due to injuries and unavailability and he welcomed back Martyn Flack for his first appearance of the season and the former Heath captain was partnered at the heart of the defence by Dan Attwater making his first start since the 4th October.

Jake Holmes had the first real chance of the match on 5 minutes when he headed a Scott Weller corner just over the crossbar but for the next 20 minutes it was the home-side who created the better chances with the lively Asa Nicholson being denied a goal by Flack who got back to clear off the goal-line.

Heath weren’t so lucky in the 18th minute when an attack broke down on the edge of the Arundel penalty area and the host’s counter attack ended with the ball being played out wide on the left to Harry Russell who drilled a low right foot shot under Chester from 20 yards into the far corner.  A few minutes later Russell had a great chance to make it 2-0 but this time he shot straight at Chester.

Heath gradually got into the game and on 26 minutes a Rob Godfrey cross from the right came out to Shaun Findlay who tried to lob the ball over the Arundel keeper James Fernandes but the keeper did well to push the ball over the crossbar.  Ollie Moore then came close with a shot that went inches wide of the post and Holmes had an effort cleared of the line.  In the final minute of the half the pressure finally paid off when Godfrey played a through ball into the path of Moore who setup Holmes to hammer the ball into the net from 8 yards.

Midway through the second period, Heath were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, Dan Sandell took the kick but an Arundel player raised his hand high above his head to stop the ball and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.  Holmes stepped up to convert the penalty for his 20th league goal of the season.

Sandell came close to making it 3-1 when he received the ball some 20 yards from goal and dribbled past two defenders before hitting a right foot shot that went narrowly wide of the post.

In the closing minutes Arundel introduced Cian Tilley as substitute and he almost levelled for the Mullets with a shot from 12 yards that Michael Chester saved brilliantly low to his left and then got up to block the follow up at the near post.

FT: Arundel 1-2 Broadbridge Heath

So another 3 points for the Bears but Arundel will be hoping their luck changes soon in their attempts to move away from the relegation places.


Horsham District Council give the go-ahead for new facilities

Broadbridge Heath FC are delighted that approval has been given for their new facilities, away from the Leisure Centre.



By Andy Crisp.

Last week Horsham District Council Development Control Committee approved the clubs plans for a new ground away from the Leisure Centre, with three grass pitches, a pavilion, stands and floodlights.

It’s been common knowledge that the club has been seeking facilities away from the Leisure Centre for the best part of 20 years. That opportunity came in 2004/2005 with the announcement that approximately 1,000 homes were to be built on land south of the village and long before the first hedgerow was destroyed, members of the club had meetings with the Parish Council, the District Council, the Developers and Sport England. Heath representatives attended every meeting, every workshop, completed every survey and made it very clear from the beginning that they wanted their own facilities for the seniors and juniors, with a first team pitch to satisfy the ground grading requirements for Step 5 football.

As a result of the clubs efforts their requirements for a new ground and pitches were included in the site Master Plan and subsequently in the Section 106 Agreement.

It hasn’t been easy, there have been many highs and lows along the way but we have been very fortunate to have the support of the Broadbridge Heath Parish Council, the District Council and especially that of former District Councillor Malcolm Curnock who championed this on our behalf, but who is sadly no longer with the club.

With the clubs centenary year in 2019 we can finally look forward to having facilities that will ensure the destiny of Broadbridge Heath Football Club well into the future.