Heath claim victory on the road in Kent
The Heath made a Saturday trip to Kent to face bottom of the table side Corinthian FC. The Heath who had come off a week with no match arrived with a new signing under their belt, defender Darryl Siaw becoming the latest addition to Martin Dynan’s squad.
Heath made several changes to the side that drew to Burgess Hill, with striker Tom Collins, new signing Darryl Siaw, and midfielder Olumide Oluwatimilehin coming into the team with Callum Chesworth and Jake Lindsey making way. The Club would like to place on record our thanks to Melford Simpson who has departed the Club.
The game began and the Blues were the first to make a notable chance as Oluwatimilehin exchanged passes with James Dickson who then fed a fantastic through ball to Tom Collins, but the Corinthian goalkeeper did well to close down the angle and made the save from Collins’ shot.
Corinthian did have the ball in the Heath net shortly after, but it was swiftly ruled out for offside. The Blues then had another big chance themselves as Ibrahim Jalloh spun his man and broke into a pocket of space just outside the box, his venomous shot from range striking the post.
Heath looked the better side from that point and turned this into a goal minutes before the break. Some fantastic composure from the Blues back line allowing the ball to be played into open space where Danny Divine clipped a fantastic ball out to the right wing where Oluwatimilehin raced free. He pulled a tidy cross to the edge of the box to find James Dickson who weaved in and out of two tightly marking defenders and placed his shot to the keepers right. It goes down as Dickson’s first for the Blues, and what a way to score it!
The second half started in much the same way as the first ended as just five minutes in they found a goal to double their lead. Ibrahim Jalloh being given the ball on the left-hand side by Byron Napper, who switched play to the other wing where Alex Laing whipped in an exquisite ball to Tom Collins who was able to control the ball and deliver a superbly composed finish past Daniel Colmer in the Corinthian goal.
A change from Martin Dynan had immediate impact as Callum Chesworth, replacing Olumide Oluwatimilehin was brought down in the box by Corinthian’s number 17 to give away a penalty. A perfect chance to make it three for Haywards Heath and see the game put to bed early. It would be the scorer of the second goal, Tom Collins to take the spot kick, but Colmer guessed correctly to make the save from Collins’ seemingly well-placed shot.
The chances just kept flowing for the Heath, and Callum Chesworth found himself in space on the wing. He then crossed a powerful ball across the face of goal, and a lapse of judgment by the defender saw an own goal into the roof of the Corinthian net.
Corinthinan had a number of chances to get themselves back into the game, but heroic defending from Dean Gunner and the rest of the Heath rear-guard, coupled with wasteful finishing from the home side meant the Blues came away with a clean sheet.
And that’s how the game would end, Heath’s cutting edge proving the difference between the two sides. The hard fought three points saw them move up into 8th in the league table sending the traveling fans home happy.
Man of the Match: Dean Gunner