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Broadbridge Heath
Eastbourne Town
J Campbell (46')
Full time
Sat 10 Feb 15:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Attendance 62

Broadbridge Heath 1-4 Eastbourne Town

Prodigal Son Returns

The score suggests this was a fairly comfortable afternoon for promotion hopefuls Eastbourne Town but the main difference between the two sides on this occasion was some clinical finishing by the opposition strikers.

There was a familiar face in the Heath lineup with striker Tiago Andrade back at the club that he first joined in 2012 before leaving last season for spells at Horsham, Haywards Heath, Loxwood and Shoreham and another player making a welcome return was that of Stuart Chester back from a hamstring injury to make his first appearance since the 9th December.

Being a Saturday you can of course almost guarantee that it’s going to be raining and having successfully passed two pitch inspections in the morning it then started raining and the torrential rain continued throughout the afternoon.

The visitors had the first sight of goal in the 10th minute when the ball was played in from the right to Layton Schaaf some 12 yards from goal but the striker failed to hit the target putting his first time effort wide of Michael Chester’s left-hand post.

Despite the dreadful conditions the game was quite entertaining and flowed from end to end, midway through the half a Tom Bold corner was cleared as far as George Cousins on the edge of the penalty area but his right foot shot was blocked on the goal-line. Minutes later Andrade split the Eastbourne defence with an inch perfect through-ball into the path of Cousins who shrugged off a defender and slotted past the advancing Eastbourne keeper, Greg Nessling but the ball went agonisingly wide of the far post.

Chris Cumming-Bart then tried his luck with a free-kick for Eastbourne just outside the penalty area but he picked out Michael Chester who saved comfortably on the line.

A minute before the break a mix-up in the Heath defence between Michael Chester and Jamie Robinson who both hesitated to clear the ball and Cumming-Bart took full advantage to stretch out a leg and knock the ball into the empty goal. Heath still had time to respond before the break when Andrade’s free kick from 20 yards dipped over the defensive wall but was saved on the line by Nessling.

Heath were soon back on level terms when play resumed with Andrade and Scott Weller interchanging passes in midfield before sending Robinson scampering down the left flank, the full-back played a superb ball into the penalty area where Javlon Campbell met it in his stride to hammer the ball past Nessling into the back of the net for a well deserved equaliser.

Town hit back in the 55th minute with their next meaningful attack when Evan Archibald got on the end of a long ball to place a header wide of Chester in the goal. Andrade then hit the top of the bar with a header from a Tom Bold corner before Layton Schaaf made it 3-1 to the visitors when he ran with pace at the defence before unleashing a shot that gave Chester no chance.

The visitors completed the scoring deep into time added on by which time the pitch looked in a sorry state, the ball was played along the ground to Michael Chester but it held up in the mud and Aaron Capon took full advantage to pounce on the ball and knock it past Chester.

Strange to say after a 4-1 home defeat but a much improved performance over the midweek defeat at Horsham YMCA, the score certainly flattered the visitors but the Bears should take encouragement from their performance and with players coming back into the side from injury we should start seeing an improvement in results.

Next up Arundel away on the 17th, don’t forget your wellies.

Team: M. Chester, Martin, Robinson, Findlay, Flack, Howard-Bold, S.Chester (Griffin 75), Weller (Fuller 80), Cousins (Nezval 82), Campbell.

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Tiago Andrade

Player of the Match

Tiago Andrade

Key moments

Goal Javlon Campbell scores for Broadbridge Heath


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89:00 Player of the Match
Tiago Andrade is awarded player of the match for Broadbridge Heath
88:00 Yellow Card
Martyn Flack is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
82:00 Sub Off
George Cousins is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
82:00 Sub On
Matthew Nezval is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
80:00 Sub Off
Scott Weller is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
80:00 Sub On
Tom Fuller is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
75:00 Sub Off
Stuart Chester is substituted off for Broadbridge Heath
75:00 Sub On
Curtis Griffin is substituted on for Broadbridge Heath
68:00 Yellow Card
Shaun Findlay is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
65:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Robinson is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
46:00 Assist
Jamie Robinson makes an assist for Broadbridge Heath
46:00 Goal 1 - 0
Javlon Campbell scores for Broadbridge Heath
End of period 1
36:00 Yellow Card
Thomas Howard-Bold is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
21:00 Yellow Card
Javlon Campbell is yellow carded for Broadbridge Heath
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Broadbridge Heath
  • Eastbourne Town
  • 0
  • Javlon Campbell Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Thomas Howard-Bold Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Jamie Robinson Assist 46:00'
  • Javlon Campbell Goal 46:00'
  • Jamie Robinson Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Shaun Findlay Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Stuart Chester Sub Off 75:00'
  • Curtis Griffin Sub On 75:00'
  • Scott Weller Sub Off 80:00'
  • Tom Fuller Sub On 80:00'
  • George Cousins Sub Off 82:00'
  • Matthew Nezval Sub On 82:00'
  • Martyn Flack Yellow Card 88:00'

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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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