Peacehaven & Telscombe went down 2-0 away at Arundel on Tuesday evening in a game that for large parts the visitors dominated.
The kick-off had to be put back to 8pm because of traffic problems at the Southwick tunnel resulting in five of the team not arriving at the ground until just after 7.30pm.
With manager Mark Shutt’s (pictured) pre-match preparations severely dented, the Haven manager then had to contend without five players who featured on Saturday because of either injury or work commitments.
He was also forced to give 19-year old Owen Muller his first team debut, and this was after Muller, who was exceptional and was the man of the match, had played 90 minutes for the under 21s the previous evening! Muller exuded calmness throughout the game and looks a natural talent.
And then throw in an extremely difficult pitch and a Peacehaven dismissal and you have all the elements of - if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.
Because of the heavy playing surface, Peacehaven were forced into playing an un-natural long ball game.
On 28 minutes against the run of play, Arundel took the lead when a cross came in and it was headed home by Josh Biggs. This was the home side’s first chance.
The goal disrupted Haven’s rhythm and for the next fifteen minutes they looked a shadow of their normal selves.
A few errors were creeping into Haven’s game and when a soft free kick was conceded five minutes before the break, the resulting in swinging cross saw Jordan Dudas beat his marker to head home.
It was now going to be an uphill challenge.
For most of the second half Peacehaven pretty much camped in Arundel’s half. But everything which Haven threw at the visitors was dealt with well by the home side’s defence.
Arundel had one chance in the second half, their third in the whole game, when an Arundel forward was one on one with Erikson Aga, but the Haven stopper saved well.
Midway through the second half Josh Marshall was sent off but Haven continued to batter the Arundel defence but could not find a way through.
Peacehaven & Telscombe: Aga, Legrange, Lira, Massen, Muller, Grant, Lloyd, Marshall, Levy, Bown, Ford. Subs: Patak, Johnston, Cowd, Wiltshire (Cal), Adams.
Peacehaven & Telscombe are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Hassocks.
Updated 10:46 - 8 Mar 2018 by Pitchside View