Prolific scorer Robinson was the difference between two committed teams who fought out an entertaining 90 minutes of full on football on a raw and damp Sussex afternoon.
Up until the 57th minute Peacehaven’s Ellis Cowd had kept super striker Robinson in check. But this brilliant marksman only needs the barest sniff of a chance to find the back of the net.
Although there was lots of hard work and commitment from Mark Shutt’s men, the home side lacked their normal cohesion and were a bit disjointed.
Peacehaven did create a significant number of chances and on another day may well have scored two or three goals. But to Newhaven’s credit they defended in numbers and broke quickly.
There was no getting away from it, every Peacehaven player fought for the team and themselves and there is absolutely no doubting the effort and commitment from each and every one of them. But in defence, with Cowd man-marking Robinson, Peacehaven’s normal super-reliable back line looked vulnerable and the normal fluid pass and move game which Peacehaven employ, just wasn’t in evidence.
Newhaven took the lead in the tenth minute through Ebou Jallow after Aga seemed to punch the ball in the air and Jallow nodded home.
On the 22nd minute Josh Marshall (pictured) drew a smart save from debutant keeper Paul Woods, in for the suspended Jake Buss. Woods should be pleased with his afternoon’s work making several good saves to keep his team in the game. Two minutes later Marshall was put through but dragged his effort wide.
Half time: Peacehaven & Telscombe 0, Newhaven, 1.
Peacehaven came out for the second period with determination and this was rewarded in the 52nd minute when Marshall bundled the ball over the line after the ball had rebounded off the crossbar.
Now Peacehaven had the bit between their teeth and there was a sense there was more to come.
Two minutes later Mikey Lloyd nearly put Peacehaven ahead after a smart turn and shot which was well-saved by Woods.
And then on 57 minutes Robinson escaped the shackles of Cowd to give the visitors the lead and when Robinson scored in the 75th minute the game was over.
Peacehaven continued to battle with Marshall and Allen both going close, but it wasn’t to be as hitman Robinson, who is more than good enough to be playing several divisions higher was the classy difference between the two teams.
A special mention needs to go the crowd. Two hundred and four fans turned up in spite of the dreadful weather and the Albion playing at home at the same time. This was a true off the field testament to the support the club now has.
Next Saturday Peacehaven travel to Arundel for an SCPL game. While on Monday evening, Peacehaven Under 21s are at home to Rottingdean Village. Kick-of 7.45pm.
Peacehaven & Telscombe: Aga, Legrange, Adams, Massen, Allen, Cowd, Levy, Grant, Marshall, Ford, Lloyd. Subs: Haulkham, Burton, Wilkins, Phillips, Wiltshire (Cam).
Updated 09:20 - 5 Feb 2018 by Pitchside View