Holmes hat-trick hurts Swans

Jake Holmes scored a first half hat-trick on Saturday
Jake Holmes scored a first half hat-trick on Saturday
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A first half hat-trick from Jake Holmes set Broadbridge Heath on their way to a big 5-2 derby day victory over Storrington on Saturday.

Grant Miller and Damon Aston were also on target for the hosts, and though the Swans improved after the break and scored goals from Liam Humphreys and Luke Jearum, Heath were well worth their win to complete the double over their local rivals.

Heath boss Steve Painter admitted their 6-1 defeat to Eastbourne Utd AFC the week before was a ‘tough lesson’, and clearly out to put that behind them the hosts produced an excellent first half of attacking football.

There were early warning signs for Storrington - Holmes just flagged offside as Aston sent him through, and Ben Arthur smashing against the post from a corner. It was from Arthur’s pass that Heath opened the scoring, sending Holmes away to slot past Jason Downer in the visiting goal.

Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Miller turned a defender on the edge of the box and squeezed a low drive inside the post.

Balls over the top of Swans’ defence were causing them big problems, and when Miller sent Holmes through one-on-one again his lob landed only just wide.

Storrington’s best move of the half saw Iain Jarvie strike the inside of the post, but it proved only momentary restpite.

Downer somehow kept out Arthur’s header before a fine move down the right saw Ross Swain surge forward and cross for Holmes to easily score. Swans were being completely overrun in defence and when Aston picked Holmes out again he was left alone to complete his hat-trick with ease.

There was still time for Arthur to see an effort tipped onto the crossbar by Downer as Heath went in 4-0 up.

The introduction of Liam Humphreys did give Swans more energy in midfield and he soon made an impact, combining with Jearum for the latter to score.

But any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Aston raced through to score a deserved goal to settled it.

At the death Jearum turned provider for Humphreys to score Swans’ second consolation, though it was Heath’s day.

BBH: Fisher; Swain, Chester (Etherington 70), Flack, Waddingham; Miller, Arthur, Sultan (Cave 65), Martin (Pritchard 75); Holmes, Aston.

Swans: Downer; Davis (Rhodie), Setchell, Elliott, Pickford; Watton (Humphreys), Jarvie (Johnson), Conway, Jearum; Hobden, Warner