10th NOVEMBER 2018
Broadbridge Heath FC 6-0 Hassocks FC
Heath returned to winning ways with a 6-0 demolition of Hassocks. With Devon Fender absent through injury, Tim Rivers led the attack and with Charlie Leach only fit enough for the bench. Martyn Flack moved across to right back with Ryan Brackpool returning at centre half alongside Andy Waddingham.
On a difficult pitch Heath started strongly with the midfield of Lee Carney, Tom Howard Bold and Ollie Moore controlling the game and linking well with Rivers and widemen George Cousins and Max Howell. Inside the first three minutes Toby Fisher in the visitor’s goal dived to his left to stop a shot from Max Howell. Then Benson forced Kieron Thorp into a sharp save with his foot and this proved to be the only save of note the Heath stopper was required to make, as Heath dominated play. Another fluent move down the right between Bold and Howell ended with Moore driving home from 12 yards.
On 24 minutes a training ground free kick resulted in Carney’s header being blocked on the line only for Moore to smash the loose ball home. Heath would not let up and next it was Bold feeding Cousins to dance through the Hassocks rear-guard and finish clinically off the inside of the far post. With Rivers linking the play intelligently Heath looked a threat every time they came forward and it was the striker’s lay off that allowed Bold to drive home from the edge of the box shortly before half time. The score could have been even worse for the visitors if it hadn’t been for several excellent saves from Fisher.
Heath were determined to keep a clean sheet and despite the four goal cushion, did not take their foot off the gas. On 55 minutes Waddingham picked out Rivers in the Hassocks penalty area and his pass across goal was finished by Howell. Shortly after, Rivers, who was starting only his second match for over a year, was replaced by Dean Wright and Richard Wetton took over from Cousins. It was this combination which produced the sixth goal with Wetton’s blocked shot being worked to Wright to finish past Fisher who had already pulled of a couple of excellent saves from Bold and Carney.
So Heath move up to seventh and will hope to keep this style of play going when they face a tricky looking match at Shoreham next week. With construction of the new ground in its final stages, Heath will hope to soon be leaving for their new home and the start of a new era for the club. Judging by this performance they have a good platform on which to build that future.
Broadbridge Heath : Thorp, Flack, Robinson, Waddingham, Brackpool, Howard-Bold, Carney, Moore, Rivers (Wright), Cousins (Wetton), Howell.
Unused Sub : Leach.
ATTENDANCE : Unknown
MATCH REPORT : Sam Chapman (Press Officer)