Peacehaven were knocked out the Sussex Senior Cup when they were beaten 3-1 by Brighton and Hove Reserves as The Tye’s Sports Park ground on Wednesday night.
Whilst the result didn’t go their way, only the churlish would describe Wednesday night as being anything but a success for Peacehaven. A creditable performance on the pitch was supplemented by a superb marketing exercise which produced the club’s biggest crowd for many years.
The encounter with the Albion had been heavily promoted in the run up, and that paid off with a crowd of nearly 500 and a real buzz around the ground.
Brighton took the lead before the break through Tobjorn Agdenstein before former Lewes player George Barker doubled their lead shortly after the restart with a well-placed shot past keeper Jake Buss.
Peacehaven rallied and snatched a lifeline when Rob O’Toole applied a calm finish to reduce the arrears, but Albion again showed their class with a well-worked and decisive third when Barker Agdenstein calmly stroked in his second of the night.
Despite the result, Peacehaven could be pleased with their night’s work.
See tomorrow’s Sussex Express for a longer version of this match report, by Alex Panton, plus a preview from Brian Pollard of Peacehaven’s second massive cup tie of the week, this Saturday’s FA Vase match against St Ives, also at Piddinghoe Avenue.