Peacehaven misfire up front again, but grind out a point

James Fraser's non-stop running drove Haven on for a point
James Fraser's non-stop running drove Haven on for a point

Peacehaven’s fans are beginning to worry as the team struggled for the third match in a row, to break down a perceived weaker team.

For long periods of the match against VCD Athletic, it looked like Haven’s current weakness in front of goal was going to cost them dear again.

Whilst the defence for the most part look back to their solid best, especially now that Sami El-Abd has settled in alongside captain Ash Jones, the front line have to be giving the management team sleepless nights.

With Shaun Saunders on holiday, Tony Coade took charge of the Magpies for the visit of the league’s strugglers.

Evan Archibald was reinstated into the starting line-up and began the game brightly. With the crowd desperate for him to get going in the scoring charts, he went close with two early chances.

Haven just don’t seem to be getting any luck since their promotion to the Ryman Premier, which was evidenced by the passage of play started by the always lively Josh Jones.

He split the Vickers midfield with a pass onto Man of the Match James Fraser. Setting himself perfectly, he let fly with a volley from fully 25 yards that hit the corner of the post and cross bar and bounced out.

The ball fell to the visitors who quickly got threaded it through to the final third. A sharp run into the box drew a foul in the opinion of the referee. Grant Basey converted the penalty on 17 minutes against the run of play.

From there, understandably in their position, VCD looked to consolidate what they had. Peacehaven had lots of possession, just no end result.

With Tom Lawley and Tom Burton on as second half substitutes, the team still couldn’t score. Fraser repeatedly made strong runs from the midfield and grew increasingly frustrated at what was happening in front of him.

With time running out Jamie Brotherton came on for the luckless Archibald and made an immediate impact. El-Abd floated over a cross that was met by the head of Brotherton at the back post for the equaliser.

Haven had two golden opportunities at the end for a winner. Brotherton’s headed effort sailed high over the bar, and then the tireless Fraser was slid through by Burton but his effort just went wide past the post.

Fraser’s non-stop running for the whole game deserved a goal but it wasn’t to be.

Peacehaven: Di Bernardo, Metcalf, Knee, McLaughlin, A. Jones (Capt), El Abd, Saunders, Cotton, Archibald, Fraser, J. Jones.

Subs: Brotherton (for Archibald), Burton (for Mclaughlin), Lawley (for Saunders), Parker, Pitcher.

Goalscorers: Brotherton (78’)

Referee: David Spain

Attendance: 87