Goal number 26 for Jake Holmes ensures Broadbridge Heath a top six finish

Holmes comforts. Jake Holmes's winner was his 26th league goal for BBH this season
Holmes comforts. Jake Holmes's winner was his 26th league goal for BBH this season

Broadbridge Heath’s last away league game of the season saw them win 2-1 away at Southwick.

It became obvious early on the weathered pitch was not conducive to pretty football, but despite this Heath started stronger and on six minutes Jamal Sultan played a ball inside to Michael Wood, who fired a right-footed in from the edge of the area.

Jake Holmes was a fraction away from doubling the lead two minutes later, and Andy Waddingham then headed a Danny Attwater corner off the post.

The hosts, however drew level when Heath appeals for offside were ignored by the linesman and Idridris Adedoja made the most of a ball over the top to score, and in the closing minutes of the half Wickers would have scored a second but for Attwater’s clearance off the line.

In a scrappy second half Grant Miller hit a volley from distance not far wide before the winning goal arrived on 74 minutes; Sultan crossed for Wood, and though his shot was saved by the legs of the Southwick keeper Holmes pounced for his 26th league goal to guarantee Heath a top six finish.

One more game to complete Heath’s season - the Sussex County Football Association RUR Cup Final against Division One high-flyers East Preston on May 7 at 7:30pm at Culver Road, Lancing.

Heath: Fisher, Etherington, Swaine, Attwater, Waddington, Sultan (Whiting 80), Drinkwater, Woods, Miller (Chester 70), Holmes, Bolaji.