Tuesday September 15 – SCFL Premier Division
Broadbridge Heath 5 – 2 Chichester City
The score-line gives the impression of a one-sided affair in which Heath coasted to a comfortable three points; the truth is it was a fairly even end to end match that was decided by Heath’s clinical finishing.
The tone was set after just three minutes when a Jamie Robinson cross was cleared as far as Rob Godfrey who slotted the opener from the edge of the area. Straight from the restart City so nearly grabbed an equaliser when Kieron Hartley’s deflected shot hit the outside of the left post but not to be denied Hartley did level the score minutes later with a low drive past ‘keeper Chester.
And so the game went on flowing end to end, the only difference between the sides being Heaths finishing; they managed to net a further three times during a half that could have finished 4 -4. Merv Bhujun made it 2-1 in the 26th minute before Bhujun again pounced on a loose ball 4 minutes later for 3-1. Still the game flowed but the visitors spurned their chances while Heath, and in particular Merv Bhujun, snapped up every chance. It was Bhujun again who gave Heath a 4-1 half time lead running onto Familton’s through ball before slotting past City ‘keeper Holden for his hat-trick.
City were not finished however, the lively City striker Hartley pulled a goal back 10 minutes into the second half and Heath ‘keeper Chester was called on to make a few good stops.
Any hopes of a comeback for the visitors was dashed in the 64th minute when Stuart Chester’s free kick found Tiago Andrade who controlled the ball, beat a defender and coolly slotted past Holden to complete the evenings scoring.
Steve Painter was delighted with the result and the performance of his team saying, “Earlier in the season we were creating the chances but were wasteful in front of goal, at the moment things are going our way, let’s hope it continues”.
Heath Team: M.Chester, Robinson, Wicking, S.Chester, Familton, Waddingham (Wragg 80) Moore, Godfrey, Andrade, Bhujun, Weller (Legrange 80).
Dave Smith – Sports Editor