Peacehaven supporters may have spent the previous morning clearing snow from the Piddinghoe Avenue pitch, but by Wednesday evening they were more likely to find scorch marks after a blistering performance from the Tye, writes Alex Panton.
For the second time in a month they put Ringmer to the sword, and the spies from FA Vase opponents Larkhall will have seen plenty to worry them should the tie go ahead this weekend. On this form Peacehaven will be keen to play as soon as possible.
Whilst Ringmer were someway short of full strength they still had enough experience in their side to pose a threat yet, apart from a brief spell at the start of the second half, they were hardly in the match. Haven had only played once this year, a 0-0 draw at Sidley, and were desperate to get a game on with an increasingly congested fixture list ahead of them.
Sammy Donnelly named a Ringmer team shorn of the likes of Aaron Watson, John Westcott and Ryan Bradley but still full of first team players. The first half wasn’t particularly memorable, and tempers started to flare before the break as Sacha MBaye escaped with only a caution after a pair of crude challenges.
The Tye took the lead when Wes Tate slid a pass through to Ashley Rees, who swivelled and shot past Matt Goodchild.
The floodgates opened after the break when Tate’s cross was diverted into the net by Glen Matten, and within a minute Tate had slotted home a penalty to put ’Haven further ahead.
Rob O’Toole extended the lead with a simple finish followed by an extravagant dive into the accumulated snow behind the goal.
Blue’s increasingly depressing evening was compounded when Tate’s corner deceived Goodchild and nestled in the net.
Kevin Keehan supplied the best strike of the night with a spectacular long range effort, Adam Kneller completing the rout from close range.
There was a brief flurry of trouble after yet another mistimed challenge from the frustrated visitors on Craig Hall, but ref Theo Parfitt handled the situation well.