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THFC 4 – 4 BRANTHAM ATHLETIC RES
Goals galore and more questionable decisions were the order of the day at Tolleshunt Knights village Hall on Saturday 16th. Heath were 2-4 down with 5 minutes to go and with the aide of the marvelous Charlie Green bagging two late goals to draw the game Heath were left feeling relieved at the draw and at the same time rather deflated in that questionable decisions by officials made it 2 points dropped.
2 minutes in to the game poor Heath defending saw them go 1-0 down. However, Heath then woke up and went on to dominate possession such that when Callum Hunt and Jamie Chesney played neat one-twos down the line with Hunt crossing the ball in to the six yard box it was Ben Turner with his knack of getting in the right place at the right time who scored comfortably for 1-1 on 30 minutes. Heath’s dominance continued throughout the half and Charlie Green then held the ball up well to set up Ben Turner to slot the ball neatly past the Brantham keeper for 2-1 just before half time.
In the second half, errors from the Heath saw Brantham gain a penalty with their No 11 making no mistake and scoring to level 2-2. Both teams shared possession with the ball going end to end, Heath lacked clinical finishing then Brantham gained a free kick and luck was against the Heath when Jack Tollhurst headed to clear the ball but it rebounded off the head of an opposing player and looped its way towards the Heath goal for a Brantham player to head in, 2-3. Though the linesman flagged for offside, the referee decided to ignore the flag and allowed the goal leaving Heath players baffled: feeling hard done by. Not 5 minutes later and Brantham made it 2-4, with another potential offside missed by the officials.
Manager Steve Chester was quick to change the formation with instant results. Chesney, Green and Joe Chester combined in a triangle on the edge of the box with Chesney cutting the ball back to then be fouled in the box with Charlie Green scoring well to lessen the deficit to 3-4. This Tiptree Heath side have always had spirit, though in the past heads have sometimes dropped when feeling the pressure but nowadays they go at it with determination and gusto. When Heath got a late corner, Heath’s goalie Paddy Hawkins came up to assist, which he did as when Brantham cleared the ball Hawkins was on hand to shoot a 30 harder which was again cleared but Heath crossed it back in… Brantham headed out… Heath corner again….tick tock to full time ….corner ball was played in at the near post… ball flicked on…ball cleared…. Green was on hand and volleyed the ball down into the ground….ball bounced up high…….and IN ! ……4-4
I wasn’t even there but I can feel the relief even as I’m writing this, maybe their was a defiant cheer having leveled the game with two goals in 5 minutes late on. But as defender Charlie A-B said it was a case of mixed feelings. He felt it was a game Heath should have won if decisions were more favorable to say the least, however it’s a well done from me to everyone least of all the Green machine for bagging a fine brace to save the day.
PS nice feet Hawkins