THE HOT streak in front of goal continued into the New Year for Broadbridge Heath with a 4-0 league win at Bosham on Saturday.
Goals from Martyn Flack, Alex Bowell and a Jamal Sultan brace in what was Heath’s first game of 2012 made it 14 goals in their last three games.
Boss Steve Painter said: “Bosham have been something of a bogey team for us, in my time as manager they’ve beaten us six times on the spin in the league so to beat them 4-0 is a great result.
“And now we’re scoring goals as well, having said for a while we’ve been creating chances, not finishing them and being punished we’re now getting goals from all over the pitch.”
Painter was also proud that ten of the 14-man squad on Saturday had come through the youth ranks, adding: “Not many clubs can say that, it’s the benefit of the good structure we’ve got at Broadbridge Heath.”
Visiting Heath took the lead after five minutes when centre back Flack stooped to bravely nod in from a corner. The hosts hardly had a touch of the ball for the first 15 minutes as Heath played some of their best football all season, but they had to wait until just before half-time for a second, left back Bowell curling in a well struck free kick from the edge of the box.
It was 3-0 on 53 minutes when striker Sultan found the net, and two minutes before the end the same player sealed a comfortable three points when he slotted home Miles Hamilton’s cutback, after the winger had done well to beat the Bosham left back.
Sultan has now netted four goals in three games since returning to the club, and his performance meant that even without top scorer Russell Mortimer unavailable Heath were still able to make it three Division 3 wins on the trot.
“A special mention has to go to Ben Arthur,” Painter said. “He’s been a revelation in the middle of the park since he signed from Oakwood and he was man of the match on Saturday, I don’t think he missed a single header.”
The win leaves Heath seventh, but with plenty of games in hand to catch up on.
Painter said: “In some cases we’ve got four or five games in hand over the teams above us so our league position is a bit false at the moment.
“But games in hand don’t mean anything if you don’t pick up those points and we’ve got big games coming up.”
Also in Division 3, Forest slipped up with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to lowly Clymping in a game which the hosts missed two penalties, while bottom side Roffey went down 4-1 at leaders Pease Pottage Village.
Both Steyning Town and Loxwood crashed out of the Brighton Charity Cup at the first round stage with defeats to Shoreham and Worthing Utd respectively, while Storrington didn’t fare any better in cup action, losing 2-0 at home to Littlehampton in the Division 2 Cup.