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Burgess Hill Town
Harlow Town
Unknown (19', 34')
Full time
Tue 23 Jan 19:30 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 158

Uphill task for Hawks

Two first half goals dragged the Hawks back into the relegation scrap, consigning Harlow Town to a sixth loss in eight games

On a wet and windy evening, Connor Tighe put the hosts ahead with a low strike on 19 minutes, before adding a second just after the half-hour mark.

Harlow Town struggled to cope with the conditions and the opposition, who were stronger than their lowly league position would suggest.

After both sides created early half-chances as they adjusted to the weather, the hosts began to take control. Pat Harding went closest for Burgess Hill, but he put the effort wide of the post.

The Hillians went ahead when a quick one-two between Connor Tighe and Stephane Ngambvoulou made space for Tighe, and he fired a low shot just inside the post.

Harlow’s Tommie Fagg had an effort from the edge of the area, but the ball was always rising as it flew over the crossbar.

The lead was almost doubled when a cross from Tighe found Aaron Smith-Joseph at the back post, but he hit the post from 6 yards out as the Hawks were let off.

As the Hawks tried to soak up the pressure, another dangerous cross was almost turned in by Burgess Hill, but the two forwards weren’t able to make contact with the ball.

The second goal came on 34 minutes, and it was Tighe on the scoresheet again. Harlow conceded the ball while on the offensive, and Jack Brivio turned defence into attack to release Tighe on the right. He fired low past David Hughes to punish the Hawks.

Tommie Fagg had another chance late on in the half to try and reduce the deficit, but his header was easily collected and the hosts took a deserved lead into half time.

HT: Burgess Hill Town 2-0 Harlow Town

The hosts thought they had a third soon after half-time. A poor clearance from David Hughes was played straight back by a Burgess Hill player to put Connor Tighe through for his hat-trick, but although he had the ball in the net the flag was raised for offside.

Chances were limited for Harlow, but Alex Read did force substitute goalkeeper James Shaw into a save with a low shot that was well saved.

The Burgess Hill stopper then fumbled a ball into the box, but managed to recover before a Harlow player could turn it in.

Alex Read was then on target once again, but a great save from Shaw prevented the visitors from pulling a goal back.

Burgess Hill were looking for a third to kill off the game. Smith-Joseph was denied by David Hughes, before the striker then sent another effort over the bar from the left.

The hosts were comfortable in the final minutes, and when David Hughes saved from Ibrahim Forfana with his legs late on, the hosts were happy to see out the rest of the game for an important win.

FT: Burgess Hill Town 2-0 Harlow Town
ATTENDANCE: 158

Sam Clarke

Player of the Match

Sam Clarke

Key moments

19:00
Goal Goal for Burgess Hill Town
34:00
Goal Goal for Burgess Hill Town

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Sam Clarke is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
82:00 Sub On
Charlie Edwards is substituted on for Harlow Town
82:00 Sub Off
Jey Siva is substituted off for Harlow Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Sam Clarke is yellow carded for Harlow Town
67:00 Sub Off
Fabion Simms is substituted off for Harlow Town
67:00 Sub On
Syrus Gordon is substituted on for Harlow Town
67:00 Sub Off
Tommie Fagg is substituted off for Harlow Town
67:00 Sub On
Kezie Ibe is substituted on for Harlow Town
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Burgess Hill Town
19:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Burgess Hill Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Burgess Hill Town
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Goal 19:00'
  • Goal 34:00'
  • Fabion Simms Sub Off 67:00'
  • Syrus Gordon Sub On 67:00'
  • Tommie Fagg Sub Off 67:00'
  • Kezie Ibe Sub On 67:00'
  • Sam Clarke Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Jey Siva Sub Off 82:00'
  • Charlie Edwards Sub On 82:00'

Team selection

Hughes, David Hughes, David
Rodgers, Paul Rodgers, Paul
Siva, Jey Siva, Jey
Pope, Craig Pope, Craig
Sonko, Ibrahima Sonko, Ibrahima
Small, Jared Small, Jared
Ajala, Toby Ajala, Toby
Clarke, Sam Clarke, Sam
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Fagg, Tommie Fagg, Tommie
Read, Alex Read, Alex

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# Team Pl Pts
18. Merstham 46 56
19. Needham Market 46 49
20. Brightlingsea Regent 46 48
21. Harlow Town 46 47
22. Lowestoft Town 46 43
23. Burgess Hill Town 46 36
24. Tooting & Mitcham United 46 36

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