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Broadbridge Heath
Chichester City
D Wright (27'), D Fender (66')
Full time
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - SCFL - Premier Division Attendance 63

Broadbridge Heath 2-0 Chichester City

A Fender bender past Ender earns Heath narrow victory against promotion hopefuls.

Heath made an excellent start to the new Premier Division season with a 2-0 home win over a very good Chichester City side that finished 3rd in the league last season and who have high hopes of doing even better this time round.

The visitors, who included former Fulham player Duncan Jupp in their lineup, started well putting the Bears under pressure but on the counter-attack Tim Martin came close to giving his team the lead when he broke through the defence but drilled a shot straight at goalkeeper Anthony Ender.

At the other end Heaths keeper Michael Chester was kept busy stopping shots from Josh Clack and Scott Jones and Martin came close to breaking the deadlock on 17 minutes when he headed a Dean Wright cross over the bar and minutes later debutant Devon Fender dribbled the ball past two players before he unleashed a right foot shot from distance that flew narrowly over.

Home Vs Chichester 17/18
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The opening goal was scored on 27 minutes and it was a cracker, Scott Jones goal attempt was intercepted by Marlon Maxwell in his own penalty area and he played it wide right to Martin who skipped past two players on the half-way line, continued his run into the penalty area before chipping the ball to the far post where Dean Wright bundled it into the back of the net.

Ender was then forced to make a finger tip save to deny Tom Bold from scoring direct from a free kick just outside the penalty area and in the dying minutes of the half Chester prevented Jones equalizing by deflecting the ball just wide of the post with his right boot.

City again came out strong and Clack was unlucky with an effort that deflected off Bold onto the post and Heath felt they should have had a penalty when Wright was upended in the area, the linesman immediately flagged for a penalty but the match referee overruled his colleague much to the annoyance of the Heath management, players and supporters with Martin and Shaun Findlay both picking up cautions as a result.

The visitors then had their best spell of the match searching for the equaliser but in doing so they left gaps at the back and were punished when Martin received the ball wide on the left and immediately played a diagonal pass into the path of Fender who sprinted clear of the defence and calmly placed his shot wide of the advancing Ender to score on his debut and double the lead.

Dave Herbert had a great chance to reduce the deficit in the dying minutes but placed his header straight into the arms of a thankful Chester when a foot either side would surely have counted.

So a great day for the Bears who are also please that Piers McDermott has returned to the club having spent pre-season playing with Worthing Town, the midfielder will go straight into the squad for the match at Worthing United on Tuesday.

Team: M Chester, Findlay, Robinson, Attwater, Maxwell (Sim 80), Bold, Weller (Copestake 80), Parson, Martin, Fender, Wright (McNab 72).

Key moments

27:00
Goal Dean Wright scores for Broadbridge Heath
66:00
Goal Devon Fender scores for Broadbridge Heath

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Home Vs Chichester 17/18
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Home Vs Chichester 17/18

Highlights

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90:00 +2:00 Yellow Card
Chris Copestake is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
89:00 Player of the Match
Thomas Howard-Bold is awarded player of the match for Broadbridge Heath
89:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Michael Chester keeps a clean sheet for Broadbridge Heath
87:00 Yellow Card
Thomas Howard-Bold is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
80:00 Sub Off
Marlon Maxwell is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
80:00 Sub On
Chris Copestake is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
80:00 Sub Off
Scott Weller is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
80:00 Sub On
Kyle Sim is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
77:00 Yellow Card
Scott Weller is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
72:00 Sub Off
Dean Wright is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
72:00 Sub On
Jack McNab is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
66:00 Assist
Tim Martin makes an assist for Broadbridge Heath
66:00 Goal 2 - 0
Devon Fender scores for Broadbridge Heath
55:00 Yellow Card
Tim Martin is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
55:00 Yellow Card
Shaun Findlay is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
End of period 1
27:00 Goal 1 - 0
Dean Wright scores for Broadbridge Heath
27:00 Assist
Tim Martin makes an assist for Broadbridge Heath
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As it happened

  • Broadbridge Heath
  • Chichester City
  • 0
  • Tim Martin Assist 27:00'
  • Dean Wright Goal 27:00'
  • Tim Martin Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Shaun Findlay Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Tim Martin Assist 66:00'
  • Devon Fender Goal 66:00'
  • Dean Wright Sub Off 72:00'
  • Jack McNab Sub On 72:00'
  • Scott Weller Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Marlon Maxwell Sub Off 80:00'
  • Kyle Sim Sub On 80:00'
  • Scott Weller Sub Off 80:00'
  • Chris Copestake Sub On 80:00'
  • Thomas Howard-Bold Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Thomas Howard-Bold Player of the Match 89:00'
  • Chris Copestake Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Crawley Down Gatwick 15 19
13. East Preston 15 18
14. Broadbridge Heath 15 16
15. Hassocks 16 16
16. Eastbourne United 16 16
17. Worthing United 15 15
18. Littlehampton Town 16 12

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