Heath take all 3 points against playoff contenders
Heath were finally able to play their match against Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday and it was an eagerly awaited contest against a side vying for promotion at the top end of the SCFL Premier Division. Naim Roaune gave a debut to new signing Mitch Bromage in goal, a back 4 of Goldsmith, Spinks, Bresciani and Cadman in front of him. The midfield had a familiar look with Daniels-Yeomans, Napper and Finney behind a front three of Benson, Skerry and Connolly.
The Heath started in familiar fashion, keeping the ball and testing the Peacehaven line up to find any gaps, although it was the visitors who had the first effort on goal when a loose pass allowed the Peacehaven number 8 to have a wayward strike at goal.
The Blues had the majority of possession and had several half chances on the visitor’s goal and the deadlock was broken in the 17th minute when good interplay on the left hand side allowed Finney to find Benson in space 30 yds out, his switch of play found Skerry driving into the box 1v1 with the full back, not for the first time this season the winger cut inside and beat the keeper to give Town the lead.
Just 10 minutes later and Heath’s lead was doubled, this time in slightly more direct fashion. The ball was played back to Bromage and he clipped a great ball into Skerry on the right wing, he was able to hold the ball, spin his marker in his own half and was able to pick out the run of Finney who’s intelligent movement had left the Peacehaven midfield in his wake. He was able to drive into the penalty area and was calmness personified as he slotted the Blue’s second goal into the corner, sending the home support into raptures.
A clever corner kick routine opened up the space for a cross which picked out Benson who thundered his header off the bar, but the whistle was blown for a push before Cadman turned home the rebound.
The second period was made up of more of the same, The Blues able to carve open the visitor’s defence seemingly at will, but were unable to find the final pass or finish to extend their lead. Chances fell to several of the Heath’s front line but a combination of good saves, blocks and wasteful finishing led to their being no further score.
The victory pushing Heath into a playoff position, Naim and his team will be looking forward to taking this momentum into away games against YMCA and Bexhill in the next week.