Saturday November 28 – SCFL Premier Division
Broadbridge Heath 1 – 2 Eastbourne Town
Andrew Crisp – Football Reporter
Broadbridge Heath’s four match winning run came to an end against the team it started with when Eastbourne Town visited the Leisure Centre on Saturday.
It looked as if Heath would cause another shock result following their 4-2 victory earlier in the month but it wasn’t to be as a late strike from Eastbourne’s Aaron Capon in the 88th minute gave the visitors the victory that saw them move to within one point of leaders Horsham FC at the top of the table.
It was an entertaining first half, with some good football played by both teams and both defenses looking rock solid. As a result, the chances were few and far between with only one notable shot on target from Eastbourne’s Jason Taylor which Michael Chester saved quite comfortably.
Heath took the lead five minutes into the restart when Piers McDermott slipped the ball through to Ollie Moore who chipped a right foot shot that deflected off Eastbourne keeper Greg Nessling into the goal. Wes Tate came close for Eastbourne three minutes later but his shot from a free kick went just over the crossbar and from another free-kick midway through the half Nathan Crabb hit a shot a yard wide of Chester’s right-hand post. The visitor’s attacks were coming more frequently with Heath sitting back trying to keep what they had but on 74 minutes Daniel Bowell picked the ball up and ran at the Heath defence slipped past a couple of challenges and rifled in a left foot shot that nestled into the bottom left corner out of Chester’s reach bringing his team level. The visitor’s threw everything at Heath in search of that winning goal and were rewarded when Capon attacked down the right hand side cut inside and hit a beauty with his right that flew past Chester to earn his team an important victory in their search for a return to Ryman League football.
Heath Manager Steve Painter was disappointed not to get anything from the game but was pleased that his team competed well against a very good Eastbourne Town side.
Heath Team: M.Chester, Robinson, Ozga (Wicking 80), Howard, Flack, Chester, Moore McDermott 60, Sandell, Purkis (Holmes 75), Weller.