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Brightlingsea Regent
Burgess Hill Town
J Gould (23'), A Condon (57', 79')
Full time
B Pope (20', 90')
Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 102

Brightlingsea Regent boost survival hopes with first home league win

AARON Condon netted twice as Brightlingsea Regent claimed a vital 3-2 win over fellow strugglers Burgess Hill Town at the Taydal Stadium this afternoon.

Condon's second-half brace, along with Josh Gould's first-half equaliser, helped the hosts come from behind to secure a crucial victory for his side and help them notch up their first home Bostik Premier League win of the season.

It was an important game for both struggling teams.

Just a point separated them near the foot of the Bostik Premier League going into the game, with Regent second from bottom and Burgess Hill just a place above them.

Regent made the brightest start of two teams who were low in confidence.

Matt Cripps’ near-post header from Ricky Griggs’ corner flashed inches wide of the far post after 18 minutes and Harvey Hodd’s 25-yard effort flew over for the hosts.

The hosts then had a penalty appeal turned down soon after when Pat Harding appeared to handle Condon’s attempted ball into the area.

But just as Regent looked like they might make a breakthrough, Burgess Hill went ahead against the run of play in the 33rd minute through striker Ben Pope, who finished clinically from close range after the hosts failed to clear their lines in the area.

But Regent responded positively and equalised three minutes later through defender Josh Gould, who fired in from a corner.

The goal was no more than Brightlingsea deserved and ensured they went in at the break level terms.

Burgess Hill almost regained their lead with the second half six minutes old when Aaron Smith-Joseph found space in the area but could only drive a low shot wide of the far post.

However, Brightlingsea went ahead for the first time in the game five minutes later through Condon, who finished smartly from close range after Hunt had driven towards goal and set him up.

And with eight minutes remaining, Condon sent an accurate side-foot finish past goalkeeper Josh James to extend their advantage, after Hunt had once again done well to pick him out with his direct running.

Burgess Hill pulled a goal back in stoppage-time thanks to Pope's second of the game to ensure a nervy last few minutes but Regent held out.

Jon Waldron (Colchester Gazette)

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Aaron Condon

Player of the Match

Aaron Condon

Key moments

20:00
Goal Ben Pope scores for Burgess Hill Town
23:00
Goal Josh Gould scores for Brightlingsea Regent
57:00
Goal Aaron Condon scores for Brightlingsea Regent
79:00
Goal Aaron Condon scores for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00
Goal Ben Pope scores for Burgess Hill Town

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Morisi Gelashvili is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00 Sub On
Rocha Fosker is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00 Yellow Card
Joe Yaxley is yellow carded for Brightlingsea Regent
90:00 Goal 3 - 2
Ben Pope scores for Burgess Hill Town
89:00 Sub Off
Billy Hunt is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
89:00 Sub On
Joe Yaxley is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
79:00 Goal 3 - 1
Aaron Condon scores for Brightlingsea Regent
57:00 Goal 2 - 1
Aaron Condon scores for Brightlingsea Regent
45:00 Sub Off
Harvey Hodd is substituted off for Brightlingsea Regent
45:00 Sub On
Jake Clowsley is substituted on for Brightlingsea Regent
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 1 - 1
Josh Gould scores for Brightlingsea Regent
20:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Pope scores for Burgess Hill Town
End of period
Player of the Match
Aaron Condon is awarded player of the match for Brightlingsea Regent
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Brightlingsea Regent
  • Burgess Hill Town
  • 0
  • Ben Pope Goal 20:00'
  • Josh Gould Goal 23:00'
  • Harvey Hodd Sub Off 45:00'
  • Jake Clowsley Sub On 45:00'
  • Aaron Condon Goal 57:00'
  • Aaron Condon Goal 79:00'
  • Billy Hunt Sub Off 89:00'
  • Joe Yaxley Sub On 89:00'
  • Morisi Gelashvili Sub Off 90:00'
  • Rocha Fosker Sub On 90:00'
  • Joe Yaxley Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Ben Pope Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Burgess Hill Town
  • 1. Josh James
  • 2. Daniel Choules
  • 3. Tom Cadman
  • 4. Michael Wilson
  • 5. Gary Elphick
  • 6. James Richmond
  • 7. Andre McCollin
  • 8. Pat Harding
  • 9. Ben Pope
  • 10. Keano Deacon
  • 11. Aaron Smith-Joseph
  • 12. Charlie Bennett
  • 13. Brian Galach
  • 14. Boris Kipeya-Bonno
  • 15. Josh Short
  • 16. Mitch Bromage

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Carshalton Athletic
1
0
Dorking Wanderers
0
1
Folkestone Invicta
6
2
Merstham
0
4
Haringey Borough
Lewes
1
0
Leatherhead
1
2
Margate
1
1
AFC Hornchurch
Wingate & Finchley
2
0
Corinthian-Casuals
Worthing
1
2
Bishop's Stortford

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Merstham 16 21
17. Wingate & Finchley 18 21
18. AFC Hornchurch 18 19
19. Brightlingsea Regent 17 19
20. Burgess Hill Town 20 17
21. Harlow Town 19 15
22. Whitehawk 19 13

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