They defeated Crawley Down Gatwick 3-1 in the annual game between the two clubs to remember Brian Suckling who had been chairman of Crawley Down and Peacehaven & Telscombe before his untimely death in January 2016.
Both teams were forced into making a number of changes to their line-ups and Peacehaven included two under 18 players in their squad; Giles Cheta and Tom Green.
Crawley Down had a goalkeeping crisis and were forced to play striker and the clubs’ top scorer Ollie Leslie between the sticks. He accredited himself well.
The game was a good open and often skilful affair with both sides looking to play attacking football.
Crawley Down opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Lewis Croal pounced when Alieu Secka in the home goal didn’t hold on to a well taken free kick after Fraser Massen had given away a clumsy foul on the edge of the box.
On 26 minutes, Curt Ford evened up proceedings when he cut in brilliantly from the right and drilled the ball under Leslie, giving the ‘keeper no chance.
With 25 minutes left to play, stand in manager Dan Norwood introduced under 18 players Tom Green and Giles Cheta. And it was good work from Green who set up Gus Burton for Peacehaven’s deserved second.
The home side were dominating the second period and did deserve to be in the lead, but Crawley Down were dangerous on the break and did threaten.
With two minutes left to play, Green was fouled in the Crawley Down box and the confident youngster stepped up to take the penalty kick which he despatched to make the final score Peacehaven & Telscombe 3, Crawley Down Gatwick 1.
In the Brian Suckling Cup series, Crawley Down have won the trophy twice and Peacehaven once.
After the game, Jane Suckling presented the trophy to Haven’s captain Reilly Grant and also personally thanked both teams for taking part in the game.
Under 23s at home on Monday
Peacehaven & Telscombe U23s are home to Rottingdean U23s on Monday evening in their final league game of the season. A win for Clive Blunt’s young guns will see them secure third place in the league.
The game kicks-off at 7.45pm. Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for over 65s. Under 18s and season ticket holders get in for free.
RUR Cup Final date change
THE RUR Cup Final, originally due to take place on May 1 has been moved to Bank Holiday Monday May 6.
The change of date is because Peacehaven’s opponents, Bostik League South East side Haywards Heath, are likely to be featuring in their league’s play-offs.
The new date for the game is Monday May 6 at Lancing FC, kick-off 3pm.
If you have previously booked to go to the game on the supporters’ coach, your booking will automatically be transferred to the new date.
If you are not able to make the new date and would like a refund on your coach travel, please get in touch with Sue Norwood on 07946 107041 before Saturday April 20 to arrange this. No refunds can be made after this date.
There are still a small number of places left on the coach, if you would like to book a place, contact Sue Norwood.
Updated 10:50 - 14 Apr 2019 by Pitchside View