AFC boss Collier: we were due to give someone a good thumping

Uckfield v Haywards Heath
Uckfield v Haywards Heath

Ray Collier hailed his side’s 4-0 victory over Broadbridge Heath as a “cracking result” but said he had warned a team was due to receive a “thumping” from his AFC Uckfield team.

The Oaks outfit won on Saturday thanks to goals from Callum Legate and new signing Steve Major and a brace from Sammy Bunn.

He said: “It was a cracking result. We had a big thumping the other week against Little Common. But I’d been saying that when the players don’t worry about who they’re playing they can beat anyone in the league, and that somebody was due a thumping.

“And we hit back in the last couple of weeks.

“It helped that we had a midweek break. Starting the league a little bit late hasn’t helped us – it’s given other teams in our division a two or three game head start – nor has having all these cup games against sides from division 1.

It hasn’t allowed us to get a run going. We had a really good pre-season – we went unbeaten in pre-season – but then we were knocked for six when in our first game of the season we get beaten 3-0 by division 1 Newhaven (in the John O’Hara League Cup).

“Rye didn’t deserve that (3-1 win over AFC in the RUR Cup two weeks ago). They had a dubious penalty given and we were on top at the time as well.

“East Grinstead too to be honest (The Oaks only lost 2-1 away to the division 1 side in the FA Vase thanks to a late Matt Geard goal). But I’m hoping touch wood that we might get a run together now.

Goal one for AFC came on 13 minutes from the penalty spot after handball in the box

Major, on debut after his signing from East Grinstead Town then scored with a delightful chip from the edge of the 18 yard box on 41 minutes.

Bunn then scored with a header from a Major free kick before Heath saw their keeper go of – and Bunn knocked the ball through replacement keeper Martin Flack’s legs for number four.

Sussex Champion boxer Damon Pollard has a fight on Sunday so is unavailable for tomorrow’s game with Saltdean. AFC are at home again to Eastbourne UA on Tuesday.