Magpies move up to second after draw

Chipstead FC
Chipstead FC

Ten-man Peacehaven moved up to second in the Ryman South table after a 1-1 draw away to Chipstead.

On a day when half the fixtures in the division were called off due to waterlogged pitches, the Magpies leap-frogged Sussex rivals Hastings United with this point in Surrey.

But it could have been more as Shaun Saunders’ men were leading at High Road until a Joshua Gallagher equaliser 25 minutes from the end cost them the extra two points that would have taken them top above Walton Casuals on goal difference.

Peacehaven took the lead when Charlie Walker cut inside his marker and slotted home Jon Marzetti’s cross on 22 minutes.

But the visitors were rocked early in the second half when the referee blew for a foul on the halfway line and gave Craig Richards a second yellow that left the away bench bemused.

The dismissal forced Saunders to make a tactical change, Walker being sacrificed for Josh Jones.

Peacehaven then dropped deeper to contain the buoyed Chips. For 15 minutes all went well before Gallagher hit a 65th minute screamer that looped over Tony Di Bernado and dipped down into the net.

The Tye moved above Hastings on goal difference after the Arrows’ home game with Walton & Hersham was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Peacehaven now face leaders Walton Casuals at Piddinghoe Avenue this Saturday (November 16).

The Peacehaven U18s hope to continue their winning run at home to Eastbourne Town tonight (Monday) at 7.45pm.