Stevenson Goal Grabs The Points
EP win first league game at home to Peacehaven FC
East Preston got their SCFL Premier Division campaign off to a fine start by beating Peacehaven at the Lashmar on Saturday. In a tight game of few clear cut chances the match was always likely to be settled by a single goal and so it proved with Ollie Stevenson scoring the all important goal after 38 mins.
The first real chance came on 12 mins when Jared Rance shot from close range after some poor defending but was saved by Lawrence Sanded in the Peacehaven goal. Rance had another chance on 29 mins when from a free kick the ball fell to him and he blasted over the bar. Hayden Hunter cut in from the left 2 mins later only for his shot to go straight into Sanded’s arms.
The only goal of the game came on 38 mins when from a corner the ball came to Stevenson (pictured) on the edge of the box and he hooked the ball over Sanded and into the net.
Half Time: 1-0
The first chance of the second half fell to Hunter when great work by Rance on the right and he whipped in a cross and Hunter headed a difficult chance just over.
Peacehaven started to go a bit more direct as they searched for an equaliser with a number of free kicks and long throws launched into the East Preston box which they defended very well. Chris Cook in the EP goal was excellent throughout as he dominated his six yard box.
East Preston had the ball in the net after 77 mins when Tom Lyne headed home from a corner only for it to be ruled out for a foul. The final ten minutes was nervy for the home side as Peacehaven piled on the pressure looking for the goal that would give them a point. Cook made a great save from a Tom Lyne misplaced header in added time to push the ball round the post for a corner.
The final chance fell to the home side when Ryan Quirke put Rance through and his cross was a little strong and evaded everyone.
Manager Bob Paine said ‘I was very pleased how we played today. Peacehaven are a good young side who like to play football as we do but they have another years’ experience at this level than us. We dug in when we had to and defended very well as a team particularly in the second half as Peacehaven put a lot of balls into our box. We didn’t panic and our game management was excellent as we saw the match out for a very hard fought three points and a great start to our league season’.
Team: Chris Cook, Nathan Da Costa, Jacob Parazo, Matt Searle (Hallett 85 mins), Ollie Stevenson, Tom Lyne, Jared Rance, Jack Barnes (Quirke 79 mins), Hayden Hunter (Bull 73 mins), Dan Huet, Steve Herbert
Subs: Ben Purkis, Jazz Gilbertson, Ryan Hallett, Ryan Quirke, Conor Bull