Peacehaven have another massive cup tie coming up

Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion’s reserves was just the first of two massive cup ties for Peacehaven this week, with the Sports Park side also taking on United Combined League Premier Division outfit St Ives at home in the FA Vase tomorrow (Saturday), writes Brian Pollard.

The Cambridgeshire outfit certainly seem to give each game they play a one hundred per cent attacking philosophy too by the looks of their recent results. Before this week St Ives had won won 13 of their last 14 games, a run stretching back to September, and of those last 11 games they’ve won, their goals tally is: 4, 4, 3, 5, 4, 4, 4, 3, 6, 3 and 6. And in the one game they lost they let in a thumping five goals to Kings Lynn Town.

Tye assistant boss Bryan O’Toole said on Monday: “We don’t know too much about them at the moment but we’re certainly expecting a very competitive game. We’ll do our homework on them this week. We (O’Toole and Saunders) are going to their home game on Tuesday night (again Thrapston Town). It’s a long way to travel but it will obviously be worth it if we win on Saturday!”

Peacehaven chairman Jim Edwards said the board took the decision to keep the admission fee to the two big cup games same as regular county league games, at just £5 (£2 for OAPs and £1 for children), because the club wanted to put the townspeople first ahead of any thoughts of one-off monetory gain.

“We’ve kept it the same,” he said.”We had discussions about it and we decided to keep it the same. It was the local community we were thinking of. Things are a little hard for people nowadays and we know what it’s like. We could have put an extra four pounds on the price but we decided not to.”

And there could be a bumper crowd at the FA Vase game too. Mr Edwards revealed: “I’m informed that they (St Ives) are bringing 150 supporters down, and they’re supposed to be very vocal so that will add to the atmosphere.

“And apparently they’re a very good team so we’re expecting a hard, and hopefully exciting, game.

“It will be a very interesting week. Obviously it brings good help financially. We don’t get big crowds at league matches nowadays, especially with the big (Brighton & Hove Albion) stadium not too far away. That’s affected local football a tremendous amount; not just our own club but other local football clubs.”

Ahead of their big week, Peacehaven boss Saunders rested a number of players for their 2-1 win over SCFL Division One basement side Chichester on Saturday.

The Tye boss left out goalkeeper Jake Buss, plus outfield players Carl Dunk, Aaron Gunn and Ashley Rees, from the line-up, and the gamble worked, with goals from Ryan Bradley and Rob O’Toole securing the three points. But Bryan O’Toole insisted the resting of players wasn’t as big an issue as had been reported, saying: “We’ve got quite a big squad, and we’ve been trying to keep a balance (of who to play) all season.

“When Shaun came to the club the first team squad wasn’t all that big but he’s been trying everything he can to remedy that, and we’re starting to get a good group of players together now. It’s a case of keeping everyone fresh when you’ve got a group of players like we have.

“And it’s not like we brought in players who couldn’t do a job; the players who played (on Saturday) are still really good players.”