Peacehaven bounced back from their Saturday setback against East Preston to comfortably beat local rivals Ringmer this (Easter Monday) morning.
The Tye twice let a lead slip against East Preston on Saturday as they dropped a vital two points in a 3-3 draw at the Sports Park.
But they shook off the disappointment of that result to travel to Ringmer’s Caburn ground this morning, where they won 3-0.
The Magpies’ goals came courtesy of Rob O’Toole on 20 minutes, Tom Burton, on 70 minutes, and Carl Dunk, with three minutes of the 90 remaining.
Here is a report from Alex Panton on The Tye’s 3-3 draw with East Preston on Saturday:
Peacehaven twice lost the lead and may have lost the initiative in the title race.
With only minutes left East Preston’s Jordan Clark reacted first after Joe Adams failed to deal with Richard Hudson’s free kick and slammed home the goal which gave his side the point they needed to keep their race alive.
Had Peacehaven held on for the win it may have provided a decisive lift going into the last month of the season, but with games in hand and in better form, East Preston may feel they now have the advantage.
It had all seemed so different five minutes earlier, as Wes Tate bundled home his fifth goal in a week to restore Peacehaven’s lead in a game which had lived up to its billing as game of the season.
Peacehaven felt that they should have been further clear when Rob O’Toole’s strike was ruled not to have crossed the line, and had they taken some of the clear chances they were presented with in the first half they would have been out of sight. Yet that is perhaps a microcosom of the season as, despite being clearly the better team for much of the match, they never quite saw off their opponents.
The first half had largely been one-way traffic. Just as a week earlier against Redhill, Peacehaven started fast and scored early. Kevin Rose, one of the smallest keepers in the league, flapped at Tate’s cross and Ashley Jones got the last touch to put his side in front.
Joe Dryer then broke clear but dragged a shot wide, and just before half time he again found himself in on goal but again failed to find the target.
In between Peacehaven had gone two goals clear. Lee Barnard was ruled to have brought down O’Toole and, despite vocal protests from the visitors, Tate’s penalty was nerveless.
With Aaron Gunn dominating midfield and Craig Grantham isolated in the visitors attack it was all going to plan for Peacehaven.
At the start of the second half they remained in total control, but all that changed when Fred Foreman stole in ahead of Adams to give his side a lifeline. The reaction from his team-mates suggested they knew the momentum had shifted.
East Preston’s manager Dom Di Paola sensed his chance and sent on Richard Hudson, who had tormented Peacehaven earlier in the season while playing for Lancing, and pushed players forward to support Grantham.
His gamble almost backfired when O’Toole arrived at the back post and appeared to have restored Peacehaven’s lead, only for his shot to be ruled to not have crossed the line.
Within minutes Hudson had curled home a free kick from close to the touch line into the roof of the net. It was a goal to bring back memories of Hudson’s time at Lewes and Bognor and a reminder of why he was once one of the most feared players in Sussex.
Peacehaven must have been rattled, but they showed great character to keep pushing forward – and regained the lead through Tate after an almighty scramble in the East Preston box.
Shaun Saunders had warned his side not to concede free kicks and must have been beside himself with frustration when Hudson was presented with another opportunity on the edge of the box.
His shot bounced in front of Adams and Clark seized his chance. Peacehaven must have felt they’d missed theirs.
TYE: Adams, Hall, Mayo, Jones, Millis (Dunk),Kneller, O’Toole, Gunn (Keehan), Rees, Tate, Dryer.
(Peacehaven v East Preston goal times: Tye: Ashley Jones 5 mins, Wes Tate 26, 84; EP: Fred Foreman 56, Richard Hudson 74, Jordan Clark 90).
Ringmer beat Hassocks 2-1 away on Saturday. The Blues came back from a 17th minute own goal to win thanks to a Robbie Frost brace. His goals came on 69 and 86 minutes.