display saw them add the RUR Cup to the John O'Hara Cup they won
last month, and they again won in style. Whilst there was a
measure of controversy about the victory over Crawley Down,
there was nothing to cloud the issue here. Peacehaven dominated
from start to finish, and could have won by even more.
This was a meeting of two of the most experienced and successful
managers in the County League, and it was Peacehaven's Pete
Edwards who claimed the upper hand early on.
Aware that his opposite number, Carl Stabler had watched the Tye
at the weekend, he sprung a major surprise in his starting
line-up. Ashley Rees replaced Clive Snell in a revised 4-4-2
formation. It wasn't what Stabler had planned for, and by the
time his side adjusted the match was as good as over. Wick had
expected a more cautious approach and were caught completely off
Peacehaven took the lead within five minutes. Callum Saunders
cut in from the right and his cross was deflected into his own
goal by Wick defender Lee Barnard. Minutes later Rees played in
Saunders, who was brought down by Ben Buckland for a penalty,
which he duly dispatched.
It got even better when they added a third with a trademark back
post header from Tom Burton.
Peacehaven were first to every loose ball. Rees' physical power
was proving too much for the West Sussex side, and there was an
air of panic every time the ball went forward.
Wick were unable to respond before half time. Scott Murfin, their
40-goal forward, was well shackled by Ashley Jones and Ben
Swetman, and they were unable to get any sustained possession in
midfield, where Wes Millis and Tom Burton worked like twin
pistons, creating and destroying in turn.
They did rally briefly after the break, but were soon killed
off, as Rees spun off Dave Sharman and rifled home Peacehaven's
Saunders then took centre stage, hitting twice more to complete
his hat trick. He was on hand to apply a simple finish after a
shot from Burton came back off the bar, and then side footed
home at the back post following a cross from Snell.
Wick pulled a goal back in injury time through George Gaskin,
but it was little consolation.
It was a perfect end to a week which saw Tye's 1st XI, Reserve
team and U18s team claim a trophy each. It doesn't get much
better than that.
TYE: Buss, Hall, Hill, Jones, Swetman, Burton, Saunders, Millis,
Rees (O'Toole 77), Levitt (Snell 71), Wilkinson
(Report by Alex