Marshall the destroyer

2 months ago By Pitchside View

JOSH MARSHALL struck four times to see off a resilient Hailsham at the Unibet Arena on Saturday.

Marshall has now hit the back of the net seven times in the last eight days and could have had more.

Hailsham came to the Unibet Arena buoyed by recent performances and Peacehaven & Telscombe knew they could not be complacent against the bottom placed side.

It took 26 minutes for Marshall to notch his first when he latched on to a through ball to open the scoring. Haven had dominated the play from the off and this goal was the least they deserved for their previous efforts.

It was now all Haven and Le Grange went close from a Marcus Richmond cross. The pressure was beginning to tell. And ten minutes after the opening goal, the stylish Ellis Cowd picked up the ball and bombed down the left wing and put in a stunning cross which Marshall planted in the back of the net.

With just four more minutes played Richmond slipped the ball to Marshall for him to complete his second hat trick in eight days.

Half time, Peacehaven & Telscombe 3, Hailsham 0.

Peacehaven came out for the second half with the same determination. Marshall nearly made it four when he smashed his shot against the bar. With 55 minutes played, defender Jack Phillips came up for a corner and headed home to make it 4-0. It was now a case of how many Peacehaven would score.

To Hailsham’s credit, they continued to try and play football and former Haven player TC Johnstone impressed.

Ellis Cowd went close when he got on the end of a Craig Avens cross and Conor Wilkins tried his luck from 25 yards but was wide of the mark.

On 77 minutes Marshall hit his fourth and the game was over. But still Haven pressed. A good cross from Avens saw Whitmore bring out a good save from Bradford in the Hailsham goal. And Cam Wiltshire went on a good run to see his shot cannon off the bar, only for Richmond to miss a wide open empty goal with his header.

Josh Marshall is now the club’s top scorer, just easing past the injured Curt Ford. And at the end of the game as the team was applauded off the pitch, Marshall went over to Ford and the two embraced in a sort of mutual admiration, an action which underpins the togetherness which is running through the squad.

The game and result sets up Monday’s clash at Newhaven beautifully. If you’re planning to go to this game don’t forget it is an 11am kick-off.

Peacehaven & Telcombe: Sanded, Wiltshire (Cam), Wake, Grant, Masson, Phillips, Le Grange, Wilkins, Marshall, Okunja, Cowd. Subs: Wiltshire (Cal), Whitmore, Richmond, Avens, Adams.

Attendance: 183.

Updated 13:57 - 16 Apr 2017 by Pitchside View

Where next?

Safe Haven PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE earned a well-deserved draw against Newhaven to guarantee their Southern Combination Premier League status next season.
Haven at home on Saturday PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE play their penultimate home game of the season on Saturday.

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