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East Preston
Peacehaven & Tels.
O Stevenson (38')
Full time
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - SCFL - Premier Division Attendance 91

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

Key moments

Goal Ollie Stevenson scores for East Preston


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85:00 Sub Off
Matt Searle is substituted off for East Preston
85:00 Sub On
Ryan Hallett is substituted on for East Preston
82:00 Yellow Card
Tom Lyne is yellow carded for East Preston
79:00 Sub Off
Jack Barnes is substituted off for East Preston
79:00 Sub On
Ryan Quirke is substituted on for East Preston
73:00 Sub Off
Hayden Hunter is substituted off for East Preston
73:00 Sub On
Conor Bull is substituted on for East Preston
70:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Da Costa is yellow carded for East Preston
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ollie Stevenson scores for East Preston
28:00 Yellow Card
Jacob Parazo is yellow carded for East Preston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • East Preston
  • Peacehaven & Tels.
  • 0
  • Jacob Parazo Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Ollie Stevenson Goal 38:00'
  • Nathan Da Costa Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Hayden Hunter Sub Off 73:00'
  • Conor Bull Sub On 73:00'
  • Jack Barnes Sub Off 79:00'
  • Ryan Quirke Sub On 79:00'
  • Tom Lyne Yellow Card 82:00'
  • Matt Searle Sub Off 85:00'
  • Ryan Hallett Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Newhaven 14 20
12. Crawley Down Gatwick 15 19
13. East Preston 15 18
14. Broadbridge Heath 15 16
15. Hassocks 16 16
16. Eastbourne United 16 16
17. Worthing United 15 15

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