Playing their final league game of the season and showing a number of changes from their 1-1 draw with Newhaven on Monday, Peacehaven dominated a game played in gale force wind and on a rock hard and bumpy pitch.
This was a good overall team performance as the visitors adapted to the conditions far better than their hosts.
There were several outstanding performances in the Peacehaven team. At the back, Charlie Durling was superb and never put a foot wrong. And playing for the first time in midfield, Marcus Allen was a revelation. He played with poise and confidence and always appeared to have plenty of time on the ball and even helped himself to a goal that his calmness and creativity deserved.
Fraser Massen, in and out of the team this season, was superb. Throughout he just played the simple ball and when required, broke up Saltdean’s play with timely tackles and interceptions.
Down the right, Jack McDonnell was a revelation. He has recently come to the fore in the last couple of months, but as a left sided full back! But in this role he looked dangerous and incisive going forward. Late on in the game he did switch to his more traditional role when manager Shutt was forced to shuffle his pack.
Cam Wiltshire, this time wearing the captain’s armband and revelling in the responsibility, played a commanding role and dominated the middle of the park. But you do feel his game would go up another notch if when he gets into shooting positions, which often he does, he would let fly rather than electing to beat the extra man or pass to a colleague.
And Josh Marshall (pictured), playing his best game since returning to the club looked dangerous, hungry and back to what Peacehaven fans would say is his normal self.
Peacehaven outplayed their neighbours inflicting on them their heaviest defeat of the season. Early on Jamie Brotherton threatened spasmodically for The Tigers but overall they looked a dispirited outfit which belied their commendable fifth place finish.
Peacehaven opened the scoring on 29 minutes. Defender John Elliott went on a brilliant mazy run down the left, crossed to Marshall and he curled a low effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
With just five minutes played of the second period, Wiltshire shot and the ball spun into the air and Allen headed home for his first goal since returning to the club.
And one minute later, Curt Ford got on the scoresheet as he made the most of a defensive mistake to fire home. Peacehaven were now on fire and looked like they may embarrass their hosts in front of a travelling army of around 70 noisy and enthusiastic fans who were enjoying the party-like atmosphere.
After a break for an injury, Peacehaven lost a bit of concentration and Saltdean made them pay as Luc Doherty headed home to give the hosts a glimmer of hope. But just two minutes later, Peacehaven made the game safe as Marshall got his second after great link-up play with Wiltshire.
With just one minute left to play, top scorer Callum Hart, now on the field as an 83rd minute substitute made it five as he fired home into the top right corner after brilliant work from Marshall.
Final score, Saltdean Utd 1, Peacehaven & Telscombe 5.
Peacehaven & Telscombe: Secka, Kilula, Wiltshire, Durling, Elliott, Allen, Legrange, Massen, Ford, Marshall, McDonnell. Subs: Brocklebank, Daniels, Amartefio, Hart, Cheeseman.
Next up for Peacehaven is the RUR Cup Final on Bank Holiday Monday May 6 where they face Haywards Heath.
Although Heath lost 5-0 on Saturday in their final league game, they are still in the Bostik League South East league’s play-offs which take place next week, where they will be fighting for a place in next season’s Bostik Premier League.
Updated 08:01 - 28 Apr 2019 by Pitchside View