In a hard fought contest marred by a double injury, Peacehaven & Telscombe beat a stubborn Thamesmead side 4-3 in a pulsating FA Trophy clash.
After a clash of heads involving Haven captain Ash Jones, full back Marc Knee and a Thamesmead striker, both Peacehaven players had to leave the field and the defence was re-shuffled with the introduction of Dan McLoughlin and Jon Marzetti.
This double substitution and the subsequent back four re-shuffle may have affected a lesser side but Haven knuckled down and got on with the job.
A Joe Gatting header put the home side ahead and this was quickly followed by a cross from Jamie Brotherton which Tom Burton got on the end of scoring his third goal in as many games to make it 2-0.
Peacehaven were playing neat attacking football and looked threatening each time they went forward against a Thamesmead defence that were struggling to contain Gatting’s aerial power.
When Thamesmead did put the Haven under pressure the defence did look jittery which given the double substitution earlier was quite understandable.
Thamesmead pulled one back and soon after Jon Marzetti gave away a debatable penalty which looked more like a foul on the Haven defender.
With the half time score 2-2 The Magpies came out for the second half full of fight and quickly scored through James Fraser.
Thamesmead again equalised after goalkeeper Mark Zawadski miss - handled a high through ball which presented Thamesmead with an easy opportunity.
A replay was looking likely until the Thamesmead goalkeeper pulled down Joe Gatting in the area and the striker fired home an unstoppable penalty.
In the next round Peacehaven have a home draw for the second round in a row and will meet last year’s runners up Gosport Borough.
Gosport are currently seventh in the Vanarama Conference South having recently been eliminated by Colchester United in the FA Cup 1st Round.
With the Magpies good home form and Gosport trying to emulate last year’s success in the Trophy, Peacehaven can look forward to an exciting game on November 29