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Monday is final day

By Pitchside View

PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE appear in their first senior final in five years on Bank Holiday Monday.

They take on Bostik South East League side Haywards Heath in the final of the RUR Cup at Lancing FC, kick-off 3pm.

Haywards Heath, who have enjoyed a meteoric rise from Southern Combination League Division Two to a fifth place finish in their league in just four seasons, will go into the final as red-hot favourites.

Heath are managed by former Peacehaven boss Shaun Saunders who during his time with the club, took Peacehaven on a similar journey when they enjoyed back to back promotions from the Sussex County League to the Ryman South League, (where they won the league with a record number of points) and then to the Ryman Premier League when Saunders left the club.

On Monday Heath were comprehensively defeated 3-0 by local rivals Horsham in the league’s play-off semi-final. This defeat also came off the back of a 5-0 defeat away to Ashford last Saturday, so Saunders will be expecting a response from his team on Monday.

Cup finals are always enjoyable affairs and for Peacehaven, this game marks a huge milestone for the club since it became a Community Football Club three years ago.

Although Haven’s league form has been inconsistent this season as their tenth place league finish suggests, on their day they are a match for any side in their league. But going into this game as underdogs and with most people expecting Haywards Heath to win, means there is no pressure on the team; they will be able to enjoy the occasion, just like their army of fans who will be making the journey to Lancing.

In Heath’s ranks are four former Peacehaven players; Trevor McCreadie, Andrew Dalhouse, Karly Ackehurst and Callum Saunders.

Haven’s class of 2019 under the stewardship of Mark Shutt have been a credit to themselves and the club this season.

Their road to the final saw them defeat Halisham Town 4-0, East Preston 3-0, Saltdean Utd 1-0 and in the semi-final, AFC Uckfield 2-0.

Who knows how the game will turn out, but you can be sure that Peacehaven will give everything they have got in this David v Goliath encounter.

If you’re planning to go to the game, here’s what you need to know.

Travelling by coach
The players’ coach will be leaving the club at midday. This will also include club chair Sue Norwood and the five ultras.

The supporters coach will be leaving from the clubhouse car park at 1.30pm prompt (make sure you arrive by 1.15pm at the latest) and will return from Lancing at 5.45pm (subject to there being no extra time). The onus is on you to be at the coach on time, or it will go without you.

The responsibility is on each person travelling to be at the coach at the stated times as it will not be able to wait around. Also the club does not have contact numbers for fans to chase them up!

Travelling by car and parking
For those making their own way to the game, there will be no parking for supporters at the ground. Please note, there is strictly no parking along Culver Road itself and stewards will be in use to direct traffic.

The stadium and offices are located in a residential area and cul-de-sac, and there is limited parking at the ground.

You are advised to use the car parks which are located just a short walk away from the ground. These are located on North Farm Road and Queensway, as well as street parking along North Road and at Lancing Station/Asda. Please click on the link below for a map and more information.

All car parks are pay-and-display (£0.60 per hour, Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays or £2.00 all day and have disabled bays.

The Stadium is located in a mainly residential area and is also governed by various Health and Safety criteria. Therefore, in order to save any embarrassment or misunderstanding on the day of the game, can you please note that the following items are prohibited from the ground: dogs, unless they are Assistance Dogs, musical instruments, weapons or potential weapons, including flares etc., food or drink.

There is a servery and licensed bar available, which will both be open.

Pictured are Haven players celebrating their second goal in the semi-final win against AFC Uckfield.

Updated 10:12 - 3 May 2019 by Pitchside View

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