Midhurst leave it late but Broadbridge are beaten

Gary Norgate, in blue, puts Heath keeper John
Gary Norgate, in blue, puts Heath keeper John

Midhurst ended 2012 on a high point as they followed up their 6-1 demolition of Newhaven with another fine victory - this time a 2-0 home success over Broadbridge Heath in division two of the Sussex League.

Last week’s wet weather had left the possibility of the game going ahead seeming remote but a local referee passed the pitch fit for play on Saturday morning.

Broadbridge Heath were fresh from an RUR Cup win at Bexhill but both sides found the going tough early on.

Gradually the players came to terms with the conditions and both keepers were tested in a goalless first half.

Heath keeper John Fisher was busier than his Midhurst counterpart but as the game went on it seemed neither side would break the deadlock.

But eventually Lewis Hamilton got the breakthrough for Midhurst after a well-placed pass by Gary Norgate.

A few minutes later, Midhurst’s Michael Asare outpaced Heath defender Alan Williamson, evaded another defender’s attempts to stop him and made it 2-0.

Asare was injured and replaced by James Wills but the Stags held on comfortably for another win that puts them in a healthy eighth position in the table.

On Saturday, they visit Seaford while the reserves host Ferring at Rotherfield (1.30pm).

MIDHURST: Knight, Glue, White, Farr, Hyde, Newton, Hamilton, Dreckman, Collino, Norgate, Asare, Wills, O’Leary, Pattison.

TED DUMMER