Late leveller denies Broadbridge Heath

Michael Wood scored BBH's opener
Michael Wood scored BBH's opener

A disputed free-kick denied Broadbridge Heath a fifth win of the season as second-placed Little Common grabbed a late point in Sussex County League Division 2 on Saturday.

Heath had made light of a lack of numbers in defence to go in front through Michael Wood, before Common’s Jamie Crone fired into the roof of the net when Russell Eldridge’s free kick was deflected into his path.

Without Ross Swaine, Martyn Flack, Liam Ahearne and leading goal scorer Jake Holmes, Heath came out all guns blazing after a tight first half with chances at premium, Tim Martin saw his shot saved by Jon Saunders after good work from Gary Pritchard, before Wood broke the deadlock, slotting in at the far post after Pritchard flicked-on Mark Cave’s corner.

Common responded after weathering a spell of Heath pressure, and levelled with ten minutes remaining.

Rob Godfrey was harshly penalised for a foul 30-yards out, and the Heath protests earned Ben Arthur a yellow card. Common player/manager Eldridge stepped-up and when his effort fell to Crone, the young forward made no mistake.