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Cowd supreme as Peacehaven earn a point

9 months ago By Pitchside View

DEFENDER Ellis Cowd was superb as Peacehaven & Telscombe battled for a point against second place Pagham on Saturday.

The visitors are on a run where they have only lost once in their previous 15 games and had hit five goals in each of their previous four games.

But Peacehaven were not going to roll over for their illustrious visitors, who in recent weeks have beaten Lewes, Haywards Heath and Chichester City.

With suspensions, injuries and unavailability, manager Mark Shutt was not able to call upon Felipe Lira, Conor Sidwell, Marcus Allen, Cam Wiltshire, Josh Marshall and Curt Ford - players who you would normally expect to see in the match day squad.

But the strength in depth that Shutt now has at his disposal meant that the team he sent out on Saturday still had a familiar look about it.

It all also meant that under 21 scoring sensation Gus Burton was given a full debut, and what a 90 minutes the diminutive striker had. He worked his socks off all afternoon and never gave up. He chased every cause going and when he was put through on 65 minutes, Pagham keeper James Binfield had to be at his best when he turned Burton’s fierce shot over the bar.

This was a superb team performance of character and determination against a well organised, dangerous and confident outfit.

Alongside Cowd (pictured) who read the game superbly, made several timely interceptions and played the sweeper’s role with consummate skill was Fraser Massen who was at his uncompromising best. He broke up numerous attacks and came close to scoring with a shot cum cross in the first half.

This was a gritty performance led and inspired by captain Callum Wiltshire who when defender Jack Phillips went off injured slotted into the back four with ease and confidence.

And the Haven faithful also have a new hero in the shape of substitute and new signing Zac Haulkham. The giant midfielder came on for Phillips and looked skilful and committed and should easily fit into Shutt’s style of play. And he was also quickly christened, and for obvious reasons, The Hulk by the Haven fans.

It was clear from the outset that Peacehaven were determined to put their three recent losses behind them and this they achieved through sheer hard work, determination and collective endeavour.

Mikey Lloyd with his many runs unsettled the Pagham defence and behind all this good outfield work was Erikson Aga. He made several good saves and was a commanding presence coming for crosses and dominating his area.

Pagham always looked dangerous going forward but the Haven backline was able to soak up the pressure and hold on for a well-deserved point.

Peacehaven are next in action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Eastbourne Utd for a SCPL game. And on Wednesday evening, the under 21s are home to Horsham YMCA.

Peacehaven & Telscombe: Aga, Cowd, Avens, Wiltshire (Cal), Massen, Phillips, Legrange, Grant, Burton, Lloyd, Levy. Subs: Nelson, Ford (M), Haulkham, McColgan, Wilkins.

Attendance: 177.

Updated 11:44 - 8 Jan 2018 by Pitchside View

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You’re invited to an Olde Tyme Music Hall If your kind of music is of the old time variety, or you just want to have fun, this brilliant evening is for you.
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