Record crowd cheer Peacehaven on to draw against Maidstone

Joe Gatting
Joe Gatting

Stand-in keeper Joe Gatting stepped up in the dying embers of the game to score from the spot and earn Peacehaven a well deserved point.

Normally Haven’s rampaging centre forward, Gatting went in goal against high flying Maidstone Utd.

Haven’s regular keeper, Tony Di Bernardo was unavailable and Gatting stepped up to the plate with style in the 93rd minute to blast an equaliser and earn a share of the points against the side hotly tipped for the title. Home fans feared the worst as Maidstone got off to the ideal start with Alex Akroff opening the scoring after just two minutes.

With a strong and bitter wind behind the home side, Peacehaven looked dangerous from set pieces.

On eight minutes, Josh Jones curled a free-kick goalwards but Lee Worgan in the Maidstone goal managed to hold onto,

Shortly afterwards Tom Burton slipped a pass to debutant Trevor McReadie who let the ball run on before firing off target.

McReadie found himself in again following a ball from Jones only to shoot straight at Worgan. It wasn’t until past the mid - way point of the first half that Maidstone threatened again.

Frannie Collin hit a good long ball which picked out Akrofi who had his back to goal but did well to turn but his low shot was turned round the post by Gatting.

The strong wind didn’t helpthe game flow and McR eadie missed a chance before being hauled over in the box.

That prompted Gatting to step up and claim a share of the spoils by sending Worgan the wrong way in front of 746 fans - the highest attendance at the club for 18 years.

Peacehaven and Telscombe: Gatting, Metcalf, Knee, Cotton, Jones, McLaughlin (El-Abd 74), Brotherton (Grimauld 60), Fraser, McReadie, Burton, Jones. Subs not used: Marzetti, Hammond, Secko.