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Horsham YMCA, Broadbridge Heath and Steyning Town victorious in mid-week fixtures

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Tuesday night saw a full round of Premier Division fixtures played, with Broadbridge Heath, Horsham YMCA and Steyning Town all claiming impressive victories.

Broadbridge Heath moved up to third after a 2-1 home win against Hassocks.

Heath’s Max Howell opened the scoring with a powerful finish into the bottom corner on 51 minutes before Ben Bacon levelled six minutes later.

But the Bears netted what proved to be the winner on 65 minutes. A great cross from Jamie Robinson found Jamie Taylor who placed the ball home to seal Heath’s fourth win in seven league games.

Broadbridge Heath have no fixture this weekend. The Bears host Crawley Down Gatwick in the second round of the Peter Bentley Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Horsham YMCA shot up to 14th in the table after a convincing 4-1 win at Saltdean United.

YM rained down a blitzkrieg on the Tigers in the opening half-hour. Dean Carden scored from the spot on four minutes before Martin Smith, Tony Nwachukwu and Matt Daniel put the game to bed after just 29 minutes.

Harry Shooman grabbed a consolation for Saltdean on 70 minutes but, in truth, YMCA eased to just their second league win of the season.

Horsham YMCA manager Peter Buckland said: “It’s an old football cliche but it was a game of two halves.

“Our first half was close to perfection but our second half was mediocre at best. It’s something we will be addressing at training on Thursday.

“But I do believe our jigsaw is slowly coming together. We ticked a lot of boxes and we move forward as a group.”

YMCA’s next fixture is on Tuesday (7.45pm). The Gorings Mead outfit travel to Steyning Town for a second round Peter Bentley Cup clash.

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Steyning Town extended their unbeaten run to four in all competitions with a 3-1 win at bottom-of-the-table East Preston.

Tiago Andrade headed Town in front five minutes before half-time. The visitors then doubled their advantage on the hour mark after a worldie from Grant Radmore. The forward spotted the EP keeper off his line and pinged a deft 35 yard strike sweetly into the back of the net.

Chris Darwin reduced the arrears five minutes later before another beauty from Radmore sealed the three points.

The striker dispossessed an EP defender before unleashing a 35 yard howitzer that rocketed home to cap a successful night for the Barrowmen.

Steyning Town host Division 1 side Selsey in the second round of the RUR Cup on Saturday.

Loxwood’s search for a first league win continues as they threw away a 2-0 lead in their home draw with Horley Town.

Luke Brodie and Vincent Follea put the Magpies in control inside 18 minutes. But Kerry Boylan struck twice on 26 and 39 minutes to restore parity.

Things could have been even worse for Loxwood. Keeper Liam Matthews, once again, was the hero as he kept out a Horley penalty to see the spoils shared.

Loxwood’s next fixture isn’t until Saturday, September 21 when Alex Walsh’s side visit Steyning Town in the league.

Alfold sit sixth after a 2-2 home draw with Crawley Down Gatwick.

Oli Leslie gave the Anvils the lead on 35 minutes before Johden de Meyer equalised on the stroke of half-time. Leslie bagged his, and Crawley Down Gatwick’s, second of the game just a minute after the restart. But Kelvin Lucas’ goal on 65 minutes saw both teams split the points.

Fold visit Little Common in the Premier Division on Saturday.

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Horsham YMCA take full advantage of AFC Uckfield Town implosion for victory

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Horsham YMCA assistant manager Julian Miller admitted AFC Uckfield Town’s second-half implosion ‘made it easier’ for his side in their 3-1 win over the Uckers on Saturday.

Tayler Maddock and Sam Cooper both received red cards while Dean Stewart-Hunter and Ellis Cormack were both sent to the sin-bin in a tumultuous second half which saw the visitors playing with just eight men for a short period of the game.

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Miller said: “It was a really funny game because we missed a lot of chances and let them back in, and then, once we got going again, they got ill-disciplined and it was a lot easier than it could have been.

“Once we were playing against ten, then nine, then eight, we just kept the ball really well, stretching them.”

Miller also believes his side had a big impact on the visitors’ two red cards. He added: “We were putting them under so much pressure so we caused a lot of it.

“That made it easier for us but we pressured them into making these tackles because they couldn’t get anywhere near one or two of our players.”

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

The tenth-placed Uckers began relatively well, handling the threat of a home attack with the best scoring record outside of the SCFL Premier Division’s top five without too much early trouble.

YM broke the deadlock in the 29th minute as Maddock felled a home forward and Dean Carden fired the resulting penalty into the top right corner.

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The hosts exerted their control before the break, but the Uckers still went close as Maclean almost met a Bailo Camara cross on the stroke of half-time.

The introduction of Dee Okojie at the restart proved pivotal when his 60th minute cross found Cormack who prodded a header home to equalise.

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

While the Uckers would’ve expected to push on, the events of the next ten minutes removed all hopes of winning.

The away side self-combusted when Maddock was first shown a second yellow, then Matt Daniel put the hosts 2-1 up in the 65th minute, and Cooper was also awarded a second booking to add to Stewart-Hunter’s sin-bin soon after.

YM had full control thereafter and confirmed victory as Daniel bagged his second – and 21st of the season – in the 83rd minute, before Cormack was also placed in the sin-bin in the final few minutes.

Horsham YMCA: Jeal, Carden, Evans, Donaghey (Lovegrove 82), Harding (Gibbs 50), Hunt (Gedling 74), Lemon, Dugdale, Daniel, De Meyer, Clarke. Unused: Pavlovic, Eales.

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Birmingham City recall goalkeeper from Crawley Town loan spell

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Crawley Town goalkeeper Michael Luyambula has today (Monday) been recalled by his parent club, Birmingham City.

Luyambula has been recalled by the Blues in order to obtain more game time this season.

The 20-year-old joined the Reds on a season-long deal on July 12.

Crawley would like to thank Luyambula for his historic performances in a Reds shirt, most notably against Walsall, Norwich City and Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.

The Reds wish Luyambula all the very best in his future career.

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