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Broadbridge Heath
East Preston
Sat 24 Feb 15:00 - SCFL - Premier Division Full time

Broadbridge Heath 0-2 East Preston

We've had better days.

A disappointing performance from Steve Painters side against a lively East Preston team who thoroughly deserved this victory in the Southern Combination Premier Division.

The visitors kicked off with a strong cold wind on their backs and early pressure saw Ryan Quirke’s corner headed over the Heath crossbar followed minutes later a snap-shot at goal by Dan Huet from 8 yards that went narrowly wide of Michael Chester’s left hand post. The opening goal was somewhat fortunate for the visitors when Quirke took a pot shot at goal from 25 yards that kept low but went straight to the keeper who got down to gather but an uncharacteristic mistake saw the ball squirm out of his grasp and into the net.

A long delay then followed midway through the half when the Match Referee pulled up with a calf injury and was replaced by one of his assistants with Heath Coach Nik Mulcahy taking over as linesman.

The long stop seemed to work in Heaths favour as they went on to create several openings, George Cousins tried his luck from 20 yards with a right foot shot that went wide of Ben Purkis’s left post. Scott Weller’s left foot free kick from just outside the penalty area went just wide of the mark, Tiago Andrade shot over the bar when well placed and in the 8th minute of stoppage time Martyn Flack got his head on a Tom Frankland right wing cross but the ball was saved comfortably by Purkis on the goal-line.

As the temperature dropped so did the goal chances with neither side creating much in the second period, the visitors were awarded a corner on 63 minutes and from that Matt Searle came running in and met the ball with a powerful header that gave Chester no chance of stopping.

After that the game fizzled out, the Bears went into hibernation and never looked like getting back into the match and overall a very quiet afternoon for both goalkeeper’s.

Next up for Heath is a tough trip to Pagham next Saturday 3rd March.

Team: M. Chester, Frankland (Balfour 70), Godfrey, Findlay, Flack, Howard-Bold, Robinson, Weller, Andrade, S.Chester, Cousins (Fuller 50).

Shaun Findlay

Player of the Match

Shaun Findlay


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89:00 Player of the Match
Shaun Findlay is awarded player of the match for Broadbridge Heath
80:00 Yellow Card
Thomas Howard-Bold is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
73:00 Yellow Card
Harry Balfour is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
70:00 Sub Off
Tom Frankland is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
70:00 Sub On
Harry Balfour is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
50:00 Sub Off
George Cousins is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
50:00 Sub On
Tom Fuller is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
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As it happened

  • Broadbridge Heath
  • East Preston
  • 0
  • George Cousins Sub Off 50:00'
  • Tom Fuller Sub On 50:00'
  • Tom Frankland Sub Off 70:00'
  • Harry Balfour Sub On 70:00'
  • Harry Balfour Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Thomas Howard-Bold Yellow Card 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Lancing 28 35
13. AFC Uckfield Town 29 34
14. Broadbridge Heath 28 31
15. East Preston 28 30
16. Arundel 28 24
17. Worthing United 29 24
18. Hassocks 30 22

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