Heath U23’s travelled to the Beacon on Thursday night for a league match against league leaders Hassocks, and came away with a 2-2 draw to dent their host’s championship hopes and the Bears can feel a little disappointed not to have come away with maximum points.
Heath took the lead in the 6th minute when Louis Blake played a 40 yard cross-field pass into the path of Mason Doughty who accelerated down the right flank, took the ball around a defender to the goal-line before picking out Thomas Shergold who buried it low into the net from 8 yards, giving his team a well deserved lead for their early dominance.
The hosts drew level midway through the first half in somewhat fortunate circumstances when the match referee accidentally blocked a Heath attack. The ball fell kindly to a Hassocks player who advanced towards the Heath goal. The ball found its way to Tristan Hayes some 16 yards from goal who struck a fierce low shot into the net.
Things got better for Hassocks 7 minutes before the break when the the home-side were awarded a penalty following a trip in the box. Jake Lindsay stepped up to coolly convert the spot kick past Conor Evento to give his side a narrow advantage at the break.
Heath started strong in the second period and soon equalised when the ball was played up to Shergold on the halfway line. The striker held off a challenge before slipping a pass inside to Doughty who skipped past a challenge before playing an inch-perfect through ball between the two centre-backs, allowing Ben Whitley to run through and shoot past the advancing keeper for another quality goal.
The match continued in a similar pattern to the first half, with both sides playing some entertaining football in front of the small band of supporters but despite some near misses from Whiteley, Jake Hull and Doughty the game ended all square at 2-2.
The U23’s are in action again next Thursday 14th March week when East Preston visit the Leisure Centre – K.O. 7.45pm
Report By : Andy Crisp
Attendance : About 25-ish