Heath and Hill Share the Spoils
Photos by Ray Turner
The Heath took the short trip to local mid-sussex rivals Burgess Hill Town’s More Than Tyres Stadium on the back of their weekend win against Littlehampton against Littlehampton. Martin Dynan was forced into making one change to his starting eleven as Tom Cadman served the first game of his three-match ban after his straight red card against Southall, Tom Gilbert taking his place in the back line, and striker Tom Collins returning to the squad with a place on the bench.
The Blues had the quicker start in the match with returning Hillians and former Crawley Town goalkeeper Taylor Seymour making a couple of neat saves to deny Jake Lindsey two great chances from Jake Lindsey. Heath were well on top but couldn’t make their superiority pay. The Hill would have several corners in the first half however, and they finally made one count on the 30 minute mark. Billy Collings was forced into punching away from danger on a second ball, unfortunately for the Heath, it fell into the path of Lewis Finney who hit it sweetly and put the home side ahead.
Haywards Heath left the field trailing the game, and on their return, Martin Dynan had made two changes with Tom Collins and Charlie Towning replacing Melford Simpson and Jake Lindsey.
Just ten minutes after the restart Heath had a major chance when Alex Laing’s superb corner delivery was headed back across goal and onto the head of Danny Divine but it a last gasp clearance off the line denied the defender a first Heath goal.
Heath increased the pressure and the chances kept flowing and finally Ibrahim Jalloh clipped a fantastic cross into the box which was met by none other than Dean Gunner who looped his header perfectly over the former Crawley man Seymour and sent the away fans into much-needed celebration. That would make it two in two for the defender in fine form.
Despite both teams trying their hardest to find a winner, neither could find the chance needed to break the deadlock from that point. The Hillians gained their first point of the season and The Heath, probably the more disappointed of the two sides moved onto 5 points and up to 14th in the league.
Player of the Match: James Dickson