Heath ‘win ugly’ at Storrington to stay unbeaten

Broadbridge Heath extended their unbeaten start to the season to five matches with a 3-2 league win at Storrington on Tuesday night.

In a thrilling match Swans went home with all three points, coming from behind to win through goals by Mark Cave, Martyn Flack and Jake Holmes.

Storrington put up plenty of fight, with Luke Jearum scoring both their goals, the second from the penalty spot to set up an exciting finish.

A delighted Heath manager Steve Painter praised his side for ‘winning ugly’ despite not being at their best on the night.

He said: “We changed our shape in the second half from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 because I wanted get a man wide, which we did, and went 3-1 up.

“But we became really sloppy, giving the ball away too cheaply and gave a penalty away which was a handball to be fair. Sometimes we need to win ugly, we can’t always be winning pretty all the time.”

In a rip-roaring start both sides got on the scoresheet in the first four minutes. Liam Humphreys put the host ahead with a fierce shot, but straight from the restart Mark Cave cut in from the right and found the bottom corner for 1-1.

Heath keeper James Fisher produced a superb save to deny Chris Watton and both sides had chances before the break, Holmes hitting a post for Heath.

The Bears got off to a tremendous start at the beginning of the second-half to open up a 3-1 lead. Flack hammered in a shot through a crowd of bodies, and Holmes then tapped in his fourth goal in four games.

Swans refused to give up, and when Andy Waddingham handled in the box Jearum made it 3-2 from the spot to set up an exciting finish, but Heath held on for the three points.

Despondent Swans manager Nigel Dyer reckoned his side needs to maintain concentration and will be looking to bring in new players in to secure the side’s first win of the season.

Dyer said: “Both sides were scrappy. Nobody got hold of the game and took control if it. I was disappointed with the way we let goals in - we gave it to them on a plate which is a bit annoying.”