Peacehaven win 7 goal
Peacehaven claimed a much needed
victory after a dramatic night at Piddinghoe Avenue.
After a low key first half the match caught fire
after half time, with five goals and almost
unbearable tension as the Tye got within sight of
victory, only to almost throw the points away.
Last seasons encounters between these
sides were some of the most memorable of the season,
with three matches producing nine goals and five red
cards. This encounter more than lived up to those
standards. After Saturday's last minute FA Cup
defeat, Peacehaven made a tentative start against
the Stringers, who have also had a difficult start
to the season
The visitors took an early lead
though, as Peacehaven again self destructed in
defence. Ashley Rees was inches away from connecting
with Clive Snell's corner, but there was a total
lack of cover at the other end as Hailsham broke.
That allowed Peter Cooper all the time he needed to
pick out Tristan Jarvis to head his side into the
Cooper almost added a second, when he
put a powerful and unchallenged header wide. He was
left ruing that miss as Peacehaven equalised just
before half time. Scott Marshall drilled a cross in
and Rob O'Toole bundled the ball home.
The relief was evident for 'haven,
but it proved to be short lived, as they conceeded
again at the start of the second half. Ashley Jarvis
was allowed another free header, and though Josh
Heyburn got hands to the ball he was unable to keep
Peacehaven now had to dig deep, and
they produced a terrific response. They drew level
from a corner when Adam Kneller powered another
header past Russell Tanner, and then took the lead,
thanks to a slice of good fortune. Marshall was
going away from goal when he was bundled over by
Danny Stevens, and that allowed Snell to tuck home
his third penalty in as many games and put his side
in the lead for the first time.
When Craig Bunch's cross was met by
Rees for Peacehaven's forth after 85 minutes, the
match seemed to be over - but there was still more
drama to come.
Hailsham reduced the deficit when
Salvage drilled home a rather dubious penalty, and
pushed forward in search of an unlikely equaliser.
It wasn't to be though, and Peacehaven held on, to
their considerable relief.
Peacehaven O'Toole 44, Kneller 70, Snell 74
(Pen), Rees 85.
Hailsham Town T.Jarvis 15,
A.Jarvis 54, Salvidge 88 (Pen)
Heyburn, Hall, Hill,
Kneller, Cullinane, Gunn, Snell, Marshall, Rees
(B.Dartnell 85), Levitt, O'Toole (Bunch 71).
Subs:- Gilmour, A.MacMillan, James.
Hailsham Town:- Tanner, French,
Williams, P.Stevens, Richardson, Earley,
T.Jarvis, A.Jarvis, Salvidge, Cooper, D.Stevens.
Subs:- Reed, Willard, Ferguson
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