The day started off with Nozinhio emptying 40 buckets of water off the pitch before most players had got to bed! A crisp day greeted the players when they finally woke up and made their to the Theatre of Dreams.
With the players getting dressed Sean Trend cranked up the requested playlist for the first time this season. With an eclectic set blaring out the dressing room soon emptied leaving "DJ Twatz and Tall" looking rather bemused !!
With the frivolities out of the way Slade set about taking on a team 1 place below us and powering up the league. Peacehaven are a strong team and we knew this would be a tough game. Having lost the away fixture 10-1 in embarrassing circumstances we wanted to gain revenge. Not only that but it was a vital game in trying to secure promotion. This was bound to be a tricky affair especially as they had only suffered one league defeat this season.
With the humiliating defeat still fresh in the mind Slades we decided to adopt a slightly different formation teamed with more reserved tactics.
Slade flew out of the traps and in the first 20 minutes and had 3 good chances to go ahead. Firstly Jacob Everett burst through after a delightful throughball by Karl Boffey. Jacob powered on goal in trademark fashion before a cruel bobble just before he was about to unleash and the ball flew over the bar. Further chances fell to Boff and Jacob again but the ball just wouldnt go in.
Peacehaven edged slowly back into the game and finally carved out a glorious chance when the ball fell kindly for their number 10. He looked odds on to score but somehow managed to put the ball wide from 8 yards. However that wasn't to matter as on 43 minutes Peacehaven took the lead. A disputed free-kick was given and from the dead ball a nice cross was whipped into a dangerous area. A Peacehaven player managed to flick home a header into the bottom corner. 0-1
Slade went into the half time break a little disappointed but a much improved performance than the reverse fixture gave us hope. The second half was a scrappy affair with very few chances. Substutions and tactical changes were made but nothing seemed to help in a scrappy game.
With seconds left Slade could have grabbed an equaliser through sub Isaac Cook but it wasn't meant to be and Peacehaven held on for an important win. It just wasn't our day but we should be proud of a solid display.
Everyone had a good game and no mark less than 7 would have been given out. Standout players were Neil Shelley who dominated in front of the back four and Jack Larkham at left back who put a composed and intelligent display in. However, Man of the Match goes to Paul Weir who was faultless at centre-back.
TEAM: 1. Smith 2. Collins 3. Larkham 4. Weir 5. Scott 6. Trend 7. Cook (N) 8. Shelley 9. Boffey 10. Sutton 11. Everett SUBS 12. Cook (I), 14. Munsarum