Haywards Heath set for life in higher league

Melford Simpson's double downed Horsham YMCA / Picture by Grahame Lehkyj
Melford Simpson's double downed Horsham YMCA / Picture by Grahame Lehkyj

Haywards Heath have confirmed a top-two Southern Combination premier-division finish - and are now waiting for official confirmation that means promotion.

It comes a year after Heath thought they were Bostik League-bound only to be deducted points and have their SCFL title, and promotion, taken away because of player-registration issues.

They've recovered from that blow - that saw Shoreham promoted to Bostik South - and have had an excellent campaign this season.

Heath may yet be beaten to the premier title by Three Bridges - who are five points behind with two games in hand, but their 2-0 home win over Horsham YMCA means they will finish no lower than second.

That is almost certain to mean they will go up into the newly-reorganised Bostik League for 18-19.

Melford Simpson scored both, one in each half, with the clincher coming very late on, as YMCA were beaten at Hanbury Park.

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