Hat trick hero Mortimer leads five star display

BRILLIANT Broadbridge Heath blew locals rivals Forest away with a five star blitz on Saturday.

Some excellent finishing set Steve Painter’s side apart, and even a red card for skipper Martyn Flack could not throw them off their stride. For Forest, it was a miserable afternoon, and means they remain rooted to the foot of Division 3 without a win to their name.

Painter believes his side reaped the benefits of a friendly on Thursday night against Dorking, which knocked the previous week’s loss to Pease Pottage out of their system.

“We can play some lovely football. This week we built the lads up really local derby we really wanted to prove a point that we are a good football side. Ben Garman second half was quality, Russell Mortimer took his goals really well. It was a great hat trick. There were a lot of good performances.”

Forest manager Dave Cocoracchio said the result was his side’s season in a nutshell.

He remarked: “We started brightly, but then let in a goal and we were soft for the second goal. Their keeper made two class saves, and it was a pretty even game at half time. Second half we got bullied, we were overran and we lost our discipline. It was not us, we didn’t commit or apply ourselves, We deserved to lose.”

It was a very bright opening for Cocoracchio’s men, Heath stopper Ken Westoby presented the ball to Jordan Ruff, but recovered well to make a smart save from Jake Holmes.

A couple of minutes later, Flack’s attempted header flicked backwards, and it took an outstanding save from Westoby to tip it on to the bar.

Westoby set the wheels in motion for Heath’s opener ion eight minutes, he bowled the ball out to Grant Miller, who found Jamal Sultan to outpace two men before firing in a low cross expertly converted by Mortimer.

Five minutes later, Miller was involved in the second, combining with Miles Hamilton to tee up Mortimer for an emphatic finish.

Holmes continued to have the best chances for Forest, after plucking a high ball out of the air he shot well wide, and later forced another excellent save from Ross Swaine’s cross, but Heath were the team with all the options going forward. The hosts had to wait until after the hour mark to make it 3-0, thanks to Ben Garman’s dipping, swerving rocket of a shot which left Bruce Dumbrell flapping at thin air.

It was four soon after, as the impressive Sultan picked out Mortimer for a firm header, and even though Flack was dismissed for a second booking, still had the majority of the game.

And Sultan applied the polish in the final minute, when he broke down the right hand side before lashing a shot in at the near post.

BBH (4-4-2): Westoby; Eggleton, Bennett, Flack, Avory; Williams, Garman, Sultan, Miller; Mortimer, Hamilton.

Forest (4-4-2): Dumbrell; Reeves, Spence, Findlay, Stewart; Swaine, Ruff, Hutchings, Polak; Hoole, Holmes.