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G Iordache (50'), D Fender (76')
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Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 55

Broadbridge Heath 2-0 Hassocks

Heath secured their place in the Southern Combination League Premier Division next season with a 2-0 win over Hassocks at the Leisure Centre on Saturday.

The Bears started well with Javlon Campbell going close after 3 minutes with a dipping shot from 30 yards that the Hassocks goalkeeper Nathan Strongberg did well to hold on to. Strongberg was in the right place again minutes later when Gicu Iordache’s right foot free kick from 25 yards flew straight into his arms. With 15 minutes played a George Cousins corner from the left was headed over the bar by Stuart Chester at the far post and on 30 minutes Strongberg made the best save of the match diving low to his left to push the ball from Iordache’s right foot shot against the post to safety.

Minutes later Heath were almost punished for those missed chances when the visitor’s Bradley Bant shot took a deflection off Martyn Flack and went narrowly wide of Michael Chester’s left post.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first, within the opening minute a long Flack throw-in from the right into the penalty area saw the ball cleared as far as Fender who rifled it through a crowd of players straight to Strongberg on the goal-line.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 50th minute when a Flack cross from the right was collected by Iordache at the far post, he dribbled it around a couple of defenders before firing a right foot shot low into the bottom left corner. Chances continued to come Heaths way, Fender struck a right foot volley over the bar from inside the penalty area, Iordache had a goal bound effort deflected off the keeper and wide of the post and Alex Parsons powered a header from a George Cousins corner over the crossbar, at the other end George Galbraithe-Gibbons twice tried his luck with shots from distance that went straight to Michael Chester.

Having played so well for his team it was ironic that Heath’s second goal came from a mistake by the Hassocks keeper when his attempted clearance went straight to Iordache who immediately played a through to Fender who went on to score his 23rd goal of the season and the first since returning from four months out through injury.

Heath have two games remaining starting with a home derby against Horsham YMCA on Tuesday night and ending with an away trip to AFC Uckfield on Saturday.

Team:- M.Chester, Flack, Robinson, S.Chester, Parsons, Sandell (Balfour 85), Iordache, Cousins, Fender (D.Reicker 77), Andrade, Campbell (Findlay 70).

George Cousins

Player of the Match

George Cousins

Key moments

Goal Gicu Iordache scores for Broadbridge Heath
Goal Devon Fender scores for Broadbridge Heath


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89:00 Player of the Match
George Cousins is awarded player of the match for Broadbridge Heath
89:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Michael Chester keeps a clean sheet for Broadbridge Heath
85:00 Sub On
Harry Balfour is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
85:00 Sub Off
Daniel Sandell is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
77:00 Sub On
Dane Riecker is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
77:00 Sub Off
Devon Fender is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
76:00 Goal 2 - 0
Devon Fender scores for Broadbridge Heath
70:00 Sub Off
Javlon Campbell is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
70:00 Sub On
Shaun Findlay is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
59:00 Yellow Card
Stuart Chester is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
50:00 Goal 1 - 0
Gicu Iordache scores for Broadbridge Heath
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As it happened

  • Broadbridge Heath
  • Hassocks
  • 0
  • Gicu Iordache Goal 50:00'
  • Stuart Chester Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Javlon Campbell Sub Off 70:00'
  • Shaun Findlay Sub On 70:00'
  • Devon Fender Goal 76:00'
  • Devon Fender Sub Off 77:00'
  • Dane Riecker Sub On 77:00'
  • Daniel Sandell Sub Off 85:00'
  • Harry Balfour Sub On 85:00'

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League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. East Preston 38 45
14. AFC Uckfield Town 38 44
15. Broadbridge Heath 38 37
16. Eastbourne United 38 32
17. Arundel 38 30
18. Hassocks 38 28
19. Worthing United 37 27

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