Heath beat struggling Hailsham to notch their first home win

Martyn Flack opened the scoring for Broadbridge Heath in their 4-1 win over Hailsham on Saturday
Martyn Flack opened the scoring for Broadbridge Heath in their 4-1 win over Hailsham on Saturday

Broadbridge Heath secured their first home win of the season in Division 1 on Saturday with an emphatic victory over struggling Hailsham Town.

Manager Steve Painter was forced to make a late change to his side when Danny Mobsby pulled up injured during the warm-up and goalkeeper James Fisher reported a thigh strain, but with no other keeper available he agreed to carry on.

The first half was more like the Heath team from last season with some good approach work, but failing to convert the chances to goals.

On 18 minutes, Piers McDermott’s corner was headed back across goal by Jake Legrande to Martyn Flack who scored from close range.

McDermott came close with a fierce shot from distance that was well saved by Sheldon Levitt, and Ollie Moore ran at the heart of the Hailsham defence before shooting narrowly over the crossbar and then chipped the ball over Levitt, but again the ball went just over.

On the half-hour mark, the visitors were level when Fish clattered into a Hailsham forward to give away a penalty. Craig Norman stepped up to equalise for his team with their first and only shot on target in the first half.

In the second half, Heath had a second when Moore’s left-foot shot was handled by a defender in the penalty area and the former Heath junior got up to dispatch the resulting spot kick over Levitt for his fifth goal of the season.

Soon after it was 3-1 when Wanstall got round the back of the defence and clipped the ball over to Moore who tapped in from two yards.

Heath didn’t have to wait too long to increase their lead when Bhujun played in McDermott, who chipped the ball over the advancing keeper from the edge of the area.

Painter said: “We said that we needed to get back down to playing football. A few of the players had been over complicating things, and we needed to get back to basics and playing things simple, which we did.”

Heath: Fisher, Bevan, Chester, Flack, Attwater, Waddingham Moore, McDermott, Bhujun, Legrange (McNab 75), Wanstall (Holmes 70).