In the Feature Game of the Second Round of our Sussex Senior Challenge Cup, Haywards Heath Town proved to be too much for Horsham YMCA at Gorings Mead.
YM manager, Dean Carden, had fielded a young side who looked hungry to impress when they earned a corner early on that provided an early chance for Jack Ryder who was denied by Town’s Sam Freeman.
Carden soon had something to think about when right-back Reece Batchelor looked unable to continue and was replaced by Ben Harrison. The hosts soon had their second chance with Freeman tipping away a Will Read strike with the Town ‘keeper looking like he would be tough to beat.
Perhaps the lack of football recently had left a bit of pitch-rust on the Heath players but they soon kicked into action and found the game’s opening goal 20 minutes in when Jordan Clarke tricked his way through the penalty area and forced the ball in at a tight angle.
Heath now had the bit between their teeth and came close again when Samuel Ogunseye had his long range strike tipped away by Aaron Jeal.
Still bombing forward, Heath found a second just minutes later with Anfi-war Tran-West striking the ball into the bottom right leaving Jeal with no chance.
Five minutes later, it seemed like YM were crumbling completely as Tran-West grabbed his second of the match striking past Jeal into the right of the goal.
The third goal seemed to wake YM up who actually took control of the game for the remainder of the half. Then, right on half-time Charlie Maguire, in plenty of space, unleashed a superb long-range strike to beat Freeman.