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Burgess Hill Town
Harlow Town
Unknown (69')
Full time
M Foy (5', 45' Pen), T Hitchcock (9')
Tue 5 Feb 19:30 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 297

Foy double inspires vital win

Harlow Town took another step towards ensuring their Bostik Premier Division survival with an important win at fellow strugglers Burgess Hill Town.

The visitors got off to the best possible start when Matt Foy opened the scoring early on, before Tom Hitchcock doubled the lead with less than ten minutes on the clock.

Foy was on the scoresheet again when he tucked away a penalty late in the half to put his side in a commanding position.

The hosts pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to play, and piled on the pressure in the closing stages, knowing that a defeat would hit their own hopes of avoiding relegation.

It was Harlow Town who came away victorious, however, opening a four-point gap above the drop zone.

The Hawks went into the game searching for a third win in four games, and having beaten high-flying Lewes last-time out, confidence was high. That only increased with five minutes played when the hosts failed to clear the ball into the box and Matt Foy drove in the opener.

The visitors didn’t rest on their laurels, and when Matt Foy's attack down the right found Tom Hitchcock, he composed himself to finish well and double the lead.

Aiden Enver had the first real effort at goal for Burgess Hill, but he lashed at the shot and sent it wide of the post.

Matt Foy nearly added to his tally when he caught Burgess Hill ‘keeper Josh James off his line and although he rounded the stopper, his shot from a tight angle outside of the box crept past the post.

Pat Harding and Aaron Smith-Joseph both went close for the hosts, but despite working themselves into good positions, they were unable to test Josh Bexon with their shots going wide of the mark.

Harlow Town had the width of the post to thank when Burgess Hill were denied pulling a goal back. Jared Rance was put in behind the defence, but he lashed the shot across the face of the goal and it cannoned off the post before eventually being cleared from danger.

With half-time approaching, the Harlow Town were given the opportunity to add another. Matt Foy was felled in the area, and from the spot kick he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to put the Hawks three up going into the break.

HALF-TIME: Burgess Hill Town 0-3 Harlow Town

The hosts rang the changes at half-time, and it almost paid dividends when substitute Dan Beck had a chance at goal, but he couldn’t keep his volley down.

Burgess Hill went close again when a low cross in from Tom Cadman whipped across goal, but it was just out of reach of Jared Rance who was sliding in to finish.

It was the turn of Harlow Town to hit the woodwork when a cross in from Taylor Hastings was met by Lawrence Vaughan, but he was denied by the frame of the goal.

The hosts were given hope with 20 minutes of the game remaining when James Richmond converted a corner, heading in off the underside of the bar, to reduce the deficit.

Burgess Hill were understandably throwing all they could at the Harlow goal, knowing that a defeat would leave them in a precarious position. Harlow goalkeeper Josh Bexon, who it was confirmed has extended his loan spell with the Hawks until the end of the season, was called into action to prevent a last-minute panic.

Bexon first denied Smith-Joseph when he was through on goal, before another fine save prevented Jack Malleret from scoring as the hosts ran out of time.

The Hawks saw out the final few minutes of injury time to earn a hard-fought win, that moves them on to 29 points from 28 games played.

FULL-TIME: Burgess Hill Town 1-3 Harlow Town

Harlow Town are back in action at the weekend when they host Folkestone Invicta on Saturday 9th February. Kick off is at 3pm.

Matt Foy

Player of the Match

Matt Foy
Matt Foy

Assist

Matt Foy

Key moments

5:00
Goal Matt Foy scores for Harlow Town
9:00
Goal Tom Hitchcock scores for Harlow Town
45:00
Scored Penalty Matt Foy scores a penalty for Harlow Town
69:00
Goal Goal for Burgess Hill Town

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Matt Foy is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
88:00 Sub Off
Harry Watkins is substituted off for Harlow Town
88:00 Sub On
Tobi Adaje is substituted on for Harlow Town
85:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Burgess Hill Town
84:00 Sub On
Reece Hackney is substituted on for Harlow Town
84:00 Sub Off
Tom Hitchcock is substituted off for Harlow Town
79:00 Sub Off
Laurence Vaughan is substituted off for Harlow Town
79:00 Sub On
Reece Price-Placid is substituted on for Harlow Town
69:00 Goal 1 - 3
Goal for Burgess Hill Town
59:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Burgess Hill Town
55:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Burgess Hill Town
End of period 1
45:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 3
Matt Foy scores a penalty for Harlow Town
45:00 Assist
Tom Hitchcock makes an assist for Harlow Town
9:00 Goal 0 - 2
Tom Hitchcock scores for Harlow Town
9:00 Assist
Matt Foy makes an assist for Harlow Town
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Matt Foy scores for Harlow Town
5:00 Assist
Laurence Vaughan makes an assist for Harlow Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Burgess Hill Town
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • Matt Foy Goal 5:00'
  • Laurence Vaughan Assist 5:00'
  • Tom Hitchcock Goal 9:00'
  • Matt Foy Assist 9:00'
  • Matt Foy Scored Penalty 45:00'
  • Tom Hitchcock Assist 45:00'
  • Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Goal 69:00'
  • Laurence Vaughan Sub Off 79:00'
  • Reece Price-Placid Sub On 79:00'
  • Tom Hitchcock Sub Off 84:00'
  • Reece Hackney Sub On 84:00'
  • Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Harry Watkins Sub Off 88:00'
  • Tobi Adaje Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Bexon, Josh Bexon, Josh
Plumpton, Bill Plumpton, Bill
Kissi, Yanick Kissi, Yanick
Ujah, Curtis Ujah, Curtis
Hastings, Taylor Hastings, Taylor
Watkins, Harry Watkins, Harry
Vaughan, Laurence Vaughan, Laurence
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Richardson, Drew Richardson, Drew
Hitchcock, Tom Hitchcock, Tom
Foy, Matt Foy, Matt

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Bishop's Stortford
2
1
Folkestone Invicta
2
1
Corinthian-Casuals
Margate
0
1
Dorking Wanderers
0
2
Leatherhead
Worthing
3
3
Carshalton Athletic

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Potters Bar Town 31 34
17. Margate 30 34
18. AFC Hornchurch 30 33
19. Harlow Town 30 29
20. Whitehawk 31 28
21. Wingate & Finchley 30 28
22. Burgess Hill Town 31 25

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