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Massen leads the charge

2 months ago By Pitchside View

FRASER MASSEN drove Peacehaven & Telscombe to victory on Tuesday evening as the captain led from the front.

Massen (pictured) was hugely influential all evening and scored Haven’s vital first goal which was the springboard to their narrow 3-2 victory over Hassocks.

The closeness of the final score belies how well the whole team performed and how much possession they enjoyed. They also came from behind on two occasions to carve out a deserved victory to stay second in the league.

For the most part they dominated the game against a gritty and sometimes physical Hassocks side. There was also a cohesive, direct and joined-up look about the display which was not so apparent on Saturday.

Conor Wilkins, who was immense all evening was first to show as he hit a shot from 35 yards which was just wide. And then on nine minutes, good work from the lively Curt Ford found Wilkins and he shot wide.

For the first 20 minutes Peacehaven dominated the game and Hassocks did not get a look in. But it was the visitors who took the lead when on 26 minutes, Liam Benson got his head on the end of a Hassocks corner to steer the ball home.

You could see the determination running throughout the whole Haven team and straight from the restart they went on the attack and had what looked like a decent penalty shout turned away. On 30 minutes defender Filipe Lira got in on the action as he found himself in a good position, but dragged his shot wide.

Shortly after Jake Legrange put in a rasping shot across the box which Ford got on the end of but Harris in the Hassocks goal saved.

Haven were now piling on the pressure. On 33 minutes a brilliant slide-rule perfect pass from Conor Sidwell found Massen who drilled home from fifteen yards to even things up.

Peacehaven now had the bit between their teeth. On the break Hassocks looked dangerous and just before half time Lira was on hand to clear.

Half-time: Peacehaven & Telscombe 1, Hassocks, 1.

As the second half got underway, the home side were first to show. Legrange bombed down the wing, passed to Wilkins who could only manage a tame goal-bound effort.

On 48 minutes Hassocks were ahead again. Michael Death was about five yards out with his back to goal. He turned 180 degrees and sort of scooped the ball passed a largely under employed Erikson Aga.

Peacehaven continued to dominate and on the hour they were level. Wilkins took an extraordinary diagonal 70 yard free kick from inside his own half out to the opposite wing. The ball was then crossed in and Curt Ford was on hand to stab home the equaliser.

Ford was having a brilliant game and a few minutes later he turned superbly and slammed the ball against the bar from about 15 yards. It was now all Haven, but somehow the Hassocks defence was holding out against the black and white onslaught.

On 73 minutes after good build-up play Lira hit a stunning left foot drive just wide of the post.

And then just two minutes later, Peacehaven were awarded a penalty for handball. After a lengthy wait while the referee sorted out the players, Cam Wiltshire bided his time, kept concentration and on the referee’s whistle drove the ball home to make it 3-2.

This goal capped a fine performance by the midfielder who was once again always in the thick of the action.

Shortly before the end, Hassocks did have a player sent off for a crunching tackle on substitute Josh Marshall.

The final word went to Conor Wilkins when once again he tried a trade mark thunderbolt after good build-up play.

Final score, Peacehaven & Telscombe 3, Hassocks 2.

Peacehaven are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Broadbridge Heath for an SCPL game.

Peacehaven & Telscombe: Aga, Cowd, Wiltshire, Massen, Allen, Sidwell, Legrange, Wilkins, Ford (C), Levy, Lira. Subs: Phillips, Marshall, Avens, Lloyd, Ford (M).

Attendance: 105.

Updated 09:43 - 11 Oct 2017 by Pitchside View

Where next?

Haven at Heath on Saturday PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE take to the road again this weekend when they visit Broadbridge Heath.
Tuesday night football tonight! PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE face Hassocks at the Unibet Arena this evening in an SCPL game.

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