Peacehaven go top with 5-0 hammering of previous leaders

Peacehaven moved to the top of the Ryman South after a thoroughly impressive 5-0 demolition job on the team they replace at the summit, Walton Casuals.

The Tye went 1-0 up in the first minute at Piddinghoe Avenue on Saturday and were three up with barely half an hour gone.

And two second half goal rounded off the rout and put Shaun Saunders’ men a point ahead of both Casuals and Hastings United, both of whom they leap-frogged with this win.

The home side got off to the perfect start when work down the right from Tom Lawley and Tom Burton resulted in Charlie Walker slotting home in the first minute.

Action was end-to-end for a while as the game opened up, before Peacehaven doubled their lead on 23 minutes. Scott Day’s shot for the visitors was charged down and a quick pass from defence saw Lawley break from his own half, beat two Walton defenders and curl a beautiful shot into the net for 2-0.

It was 3-0 on 33 minutes – with perhaps the goal of the game. A bouncing ball dropped to Lloyd Cotton, who launced a magnificent dipping volley from fully 25 yards past the despairing Walton keeper.

Walton were unlucky not to pull one back early in the second half when Malachi Hudson’s lob was headed off the line by Jon Marzetti.

But soon after it was 4-0 when Jamie Brotherton was played in and he coolly took the ball around the Casuals keeper before slotting home.

And after Hudson’s shot was blocked and Connor French drove over for the visitors, the scoring was rounded off when Haven top scorer Walker bagged his second of the game with a deft chip.

Peacehaven are next at home in the Robert Dyas Cup tomorrow when they entertain Burgess Hill Town in a 7.45pm kick off, before making the big journey to Guernsey in the league this Saturday.

See this slideshow of pictures provided by PHIL MERRY, including a shot of the first minute goal scored by Charlie Walker.