Peacehaven consolidate third place in Ryman South with comfortable Casuals win

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Peacehaven consolidated their place in the Ryman South top three with a 3-1 home win over Corinthian Casuals on Saturday.

Not even a torrential downpour just before kick-off, or the constant swirling wind across the pitch, could prevent a dominant display by Peacehaven that resulted in another home win.

Good pressure by the hosts finally told on 23 minutes the latest in a succession of corners was met by central defender Craig Richards for 1-0.

Against the wind in the second half, Peacehaven simply carried on where they left off. However, it took until the 76th minute for them to double their lead, a free kick 25 yards out parried by the Casuals keeper inviting the busy Tom Burton to slide in for 2-0.

Two minutes later, Haven conceded unnecessarily. In a moment of madness, a cheap free kick was conceded out by the touchline and the inswinging kick was met well by Dave Hodges.

But just as the Casuals began to believe in themselves, their enthusiasm was extinguished. Substitute Josh Jones ended a mazy run by threading the ball through to the on-running Charlie Walker and his chip over the advancing keeper on 82 minutes was enough to secure an excellent 3-1 scoreline and three more points.

Peacehaven are now four points ahead of Worthing in fourth place with two games in hand over their Sussex rivals – although Guernsey in fifth place have two games in hand on the Tye and are only five points behind Shaun Saunders’ men.

A number of local teams in the county league saw their games called off on Saturday because of waterlogged pitches.

Of those that went ahead, Newhaven were denied the two points that would have taken them over East Grinstead Town in SCFL Division 1 mid-table thanks to a late equaliser from Chichester City’s Joe Gromet.

The Dockers went 1-0 down at Oaklands Way through a 10th minute Morgan Forry goal, before strikes either side of half time from Mark Probert and Jason Sowter saw Paul Harrison’s men take a 2-1 lead. But then came that 89th Gromet goal that saw Newhaven drop one place to 10th, with Dorking Wanderers leap-frogging them.

Ringmer secured a much-needed three points with a 2-0 win at high-flying Lingfield. The Blues’ goals both came from Rilwan Olugbode, in the 18th and final minute, and sees them jump up one place in Division 1 to 17th.

In Division 2, Seaford Town drew 0-0 at home to Mile Oak to stay second bottom after the one team below them – Midhurst & Easebourne – managed to pick up at 2-1 win at Wick & Barnham and draw level with them on points.