Peacehaven produced daylight between themselves and those clubs chasing them in third place after this impressive away-day win at Redhill.
The Tye are now three points ahead of a triumvirate of teams behind them, having gone into the game level on points with Hassocks and just two points ahead of Redhill.
So this game was always going to be a six-pointer in what has been a tough run of fixtures in October. Some great individual performances led to an important win for Haven over fellow title contenders Redhill, who had won seven games on the bounce.
All three goals came in the first 15 minutes. Peacehaven took an early lead after just five minutes through an in-form Carl Dunk before, just two minutes later, Redhill levelled when a breakaway saw a powerful but deflected shot deviate around Joe Adams. But five minutes later, another good piece of team play down the left allowed Wes Tate to gather the ball, open the defence and play Dunk in for his fifth goal in two games.
Peacehaven dominated for the rest of the half although both defences recovered from their shaky starts and remained strong throughout the rest of the half. However, The Tye will have felt unfotunate not go in 3-1 up at the break after a low driven shot came back off the post.
Some great defending from Peacehaven’s Matt Hill helped repell a determined hosts’ attacks down their right. Then, an excellent crossfield ball saw sub Charlie Walker in one-on-one with Redhill’s keeper. Walker’s lob was met with an excellent jumping save, unfortunately for the keeper, this came just outside his area and was dismissed.
Despite this man disadvatnate, and having no spare keeper on the bench, it was Redhill who were the stronger at the end, and The Tye had to hang on for the maximum points.