anticipated but Wes Millis'
absence from the starting line up, in what
promised to be a highly physical contest,
The visitors arrived having won
fifteen of their sixteen matches this season and
were backed by substantial and voluble support.
St Ives had the first chance, Ozie Foster
putting an unchallenged header over the bar.
From their first attack
Peacehaven took the lead. Rob O'Toole headed on
from Jake Buss's clearance to Ryan Bradley who
lifted the ball over the onrushing Niall
Conroy-Owen and into the net.
The pace accelerated as the half progressed in
what was becoming a highly physical contest. St
Ives had clearly been taken aback by
Peacehaven's direct approach and were struggling
to impose themselves on the match. Ashley Rees
hit the side netting with a volley for
Peacehaven whilst Stuart Cobb's powerful shot
fizzed narrowly wide at the other end.
The match changed dramatically
after half time. St Ives came out fired up and
immediately started to dominate possession. With
an extra man in midfield they were forcing
Peacehaven further and further back and soon
started to create chances.
A free kick from Will Fordham,
given after a contentious back pass decision,
cannoned off the bar and Connor Washington went
agonisingly close shortly afterwards. Peacehaven
almost grabbed a crucial second goal when Rees
was inches away from connecting with Callum
The equaliser finally arrived
when Junior McDougald's header was judged to
have crossed the line, despite vehement
Peacehaven protests. The Tye were now in
survival mode, and though the belated
introduction of Millis reinforced the midfield
the pattern of the match was set, with the hosts
hanging on against ever increasing pressure.
Unable to get a grip in the middle or maintain
possession in attack they were very much hanging
on as extra time approached.
The dam finally broke in the
sixth minute of injury time as Aaron Gunn
deflected Washington's low cross into his own
net. It was a desperate way for Peacehaven to
lose, and they will now have to concentrate on
getting some momentum into their promotion push.