Bergholt Heath YFC Results & Fixtrues

The under 9s went down to a narrow 2-0 defeat away to Gt Bradfords.

The under 13s had an eventful match at home to Long Melford, eventually drawing 2-2.   After going 1-0 down early in the first half to a long ball over the top that the long Melford striker won the race to, Bergholt got back on terms mid way through the half from a penalty scored by Antonio Sabini who had been pushed in the box. Despite not playing well, the end of the first half, and into the second half, saw an improvement by the home team and they took the lead from a free kick – Micky Whittle (the smallest player on the pitch) heading in Gianni Sabini’s cross. Then, with 10 minutes to go, the referee suddenly collapsed and the game was stopped whist the Bergholt Heath management assisted him on the pitch and then off it. It was clear after about 15 minutes that he was unable to continue and Bergholt’s Under 14’s manager – a qualified referee – offered to complete the match. After lengthy discussions with the Long Melford manager – who wanted the game abandoned until it was confirmed the match result would stand given only 10 minutes was left – the match was restarted. Unfortunately the long break when the Bergholt players were left standing around whilst the Melford players received ongoing coaching, did not help the game and Long Melford scored with a few minutes left. Final result: Bergholt Heath 2 Long Melford 2. Bergholt Heath ‘man of the match’: Gianni Sabini. Special thanks to David Eels for stepping in as referee. NB. Our manager checked up on the referee in the afternoon and his wife reported he was ok, but had gone to bed – he had been sick on the Saturday and was dehydrated.

Having lost the referee to illness in the under 13s game, the under 14s had to find a replacement referee. Luckily one of the away supporters from Brooklands was a qualified referee and agreed to take charge. The game finished 1-1 with Ed Quilty scoring the Bergholt goal.

The under 16s did not play – their game being postponed last week due to lack of players being available.

The under 18s were at home to Halstead Reds – with Steve Drage taking over as referee for this match – and ran out comfortable 4-0 winners. Alex Bartlett scoring a hat-trick and Callum Drage getting the other.

Next weeks’ fixtures – Sunday 30th October:

  • Under 9 – No game
  • Under 13 v Bures United KO 10am
  • Under 14 v Brightlingsea Regents LCR2, KO 12 noon
  • Under 16 v Long Melford LCR2, KO 2pm
  • Under 18 v Halstead Town Reds KO 2pm (Orpen Hall)
This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at
Skip to content