Southern Combination Football League Premier Division
Martin Read – Sports Reporter
Although still depleted, necessitating a changed formation, Broadbridge Heath
gave a good account of themselves at the Leisure Centre last Saturday,
summoning up great determination to secure a draw against play off hopefuls,
Eastbourne Town (fourth), who began brightly, a Bolwell blast drawing out an
excellent reaction save from Kieron Thorp. Eastbourne, though were not to be
denied for long, Tom Climpson’s header putting the visitors ahead in the 12 th
minute. With Eastbourne allowing Heath little room to manoeuvre, Thorp was
again called upon, but he avoided further damage by diverting Vickers’ strike.
Eastbourne were calling the shots, yet, Heath managed to create a scoring
opportunity and equalise when the ever-thrusting Devon Fender fired in with
Eastbourne keeper Tibble only able to deflect the ball into the net via the
woodwork. Eastbourne, though, were soon back in front, Vickers grabbing
Town’s second after being allowed freedom of movement in the box.
However, despite having far less of the action, to their great credit Heath drew
level again when Mason Doughty smashed in George Cousins’ supply, the
score remaining two apiece at the break.
On the resumption Heath found themselves with the wind in their faces, but
nevertheless came more into the game, with Cousins and Doughty keeping
Eastbourne on their toes. The game continued in more even fashion, until with
a quarter of an hour to go, Eastbourne launched a number of attacks in an
effort to snatch all three points, but Heath’s defence was up to the task, Thorp
and skipper Ryan Brackpool successfully marshalling the troops to keep their
East Sussex opponents at bay. And, Heath almost caused an upset, but
Tibble thwarted Jamie Taylor’s strong attempt. Heath Manager Steve Painter
praised his side’s fortitude and perseverance in the knowledge that the same
grit and resolve is likely to be required when sixth-placed Heath visit third in
the table Newhaven for another tough game on Saturday, Tom Howard-Bold
hoping to be back in the line up.