PEACEHAVEN’s last chance for silverware this season came and went on Wednesday night in what was surely a missed opportunity for the Tye, writes Alex Panton.
For half an hour they dominated an understregth Worthing side, but were unable to create more than a one goal advantage, and were eventually picked off by the visitors’ superior finishing.
There’s no doubt that Peacehaven have improved hugely in recent weeks, and some of their play in the first half was excellent, but they lacked the firepower to take full advantage.
They started with Ashley Rees as a lone striker, supported by Rob O’Toole and Paul Dudson on the wings. Worthing were without several first choice players, but any suggestion that manager Chris White wasn’t taking the contest seriously was dispelled by the presence on the bench of the Ryan McBride, Luke Gedling and Darren Budd.
Peacehaven made a strong start, with the ball going forward early and often to Rees, whose ability to hold the ball and bring others into play is ideally suited to the system his side were playing. Dudson has made a huge impact since his return from America, and he was having a field day against an inexperienced full back.
It was Dudson who opened the scoring, arriving late at the back post to meet O’Toole’s low cross.
Peacehaven should really have added to their advantage against visitors who were beginning to argue amongst themselves, but they struggled to turn their approach play into clear chances, and soon fell to a sucker punch.
They’d had a warning when Shaun Charles blazed over with the goal gaping and, within minutes, Jamie Brotherton teed up Steve Davis for a simple finish to level the score.
From that point Tye never regained their previous momentum and a strong start to the second half saw Worthing edge ahead. Matt Huckett’s unchallenged header flew past Joe Adams, who was probably wondering where his defenders were, and Worthing began to ease into control of the game. Defender Matt Hurley wrapped up the win with a cool finish in injury time against a tired home side.
TYE: Adams, Hall, Hill, Fleming, Millis, Kneller, O’Toole, Dunk, Rees (Bradley), Murray, Dudson.