Late Elkana strike sinks Heath to keep Forest on the promotion trail

JPCT 020112 Football, Forest v Shipley. photo by derek  martin
JPCT 020112 Football, Forest v Shipley. photo by derek martin

ANDRE Elkana’s late winner gave Forest’s promotion hopes a huge shot in the arm as they edged out local rivals Broadbridge Heath.

Heath deservedly led the Tuesday night fixture after Jamal Sultan’s early penalty, but Forest upped their game after the break, and after Will Brownlee’s leveller, Elkana stole the points for Forest with ten minutes to play.

“It’s a huge result for us, we seem to be putting it together at the right time,” Forest boss Dean Potter said after their fifth win in six league games.

“Credit to Broadbridge Heath, they didn’t let us play in the first half. But like on Saturday we came storming back second half and it puts us right in the mix.”

Heath won a penalty when Joe Holvey handled a cross and Sultan scored from the spot.

Sultan was causing Forest all kinds of problems with his pace and Heath created the better chances of the opening half.

Forest, though equalised five minutes after the restart when Will Brownlee smashed a shot in from an acute angle.

Shaun Findlay struck a free kick against the Heath bar and Findlay and Jake Holmes hit the post before Elkana beat a couple of players and saw his deflected shot loop into the net for the winner.

Heath pressed in the final ten minutes but Forest held on.

Heath boss said: “I had seven players cry off late so it was a very changed team, but they did the club proud. Forest are a nice team and I wish them well for the rest of the season.