Burton does it again as Peacehaven move to highest ever league position

Peacehaven v AFC Hornchurch
Peacehaven v AFC Hornchurch

For the second time in three days, Tom Burton rescued Peacehaven with a goal in the dying embers of the game.

On Tuesday night at Wingate & Finchley the hosts took the lead in the 14th minute. It wasn’t until the 89th minute when Saturday’s hero Tom Burton pounced to bring a point back to the Sports Park.

The Magpies move up to ninth in the Ryman Premier League table, the highest league position in the club’s entire history.

The game began slowly, with Haven commanding possession and stringing passes together.

The hosts didn’t have to wait long to score. David Knight received the ball 30 yards out, ran into the box and shot straight at the keeper. However, Zawadski couldn’t hold onto the ball and it slipped under his body into the back of the net.

The second half began with the visitors piling pressure on the home defence. A cross was cleared away by Marc Weatherstone, fell to Tommy Fraser but his shot was brilliantly saved again by Smith.

Just after the hour mark the ball fell to Peacehaven’s Burton who curled his shot superbly but his top corner bound effort was incredibly pushed away by a diving Bobby Smith. On 66 minutes Smith was again the hero when Richard Graham tripped Jamie Brotherton in the penalty area and the away side were awarded a penalty.

Gatting stepped up, placed the ball to Smith’s right but his effort was brilliantly pushed away by the home side’s goalkeeper. On 86 minutes Ronayne Marsh-Brown was given a straight red card for dissent. This seemed to be the shift in the game as the home side’s concentration slipped. A ball was played through towards the Peacehaven attack but as it was rolling towards goal, a sliced clearance evaded Smith and hit the post. The visitors’ Burton ran onto the rebound and tapped home the equaliser. In the dying moments the hosts’ Tommy Tejan-Sie,curled a shot onto the crossbar. The rebound fell perfectly to Knight but his shot went high and wide.