Peacehaven & Tels. 1 - 1 Three Bridges 1st
Away draw - probably the right result by the final whistle
Probably the right result by the final whistle, but both sides had chances to win what was a game played in conditions that varied throughout the afternoon, sunny one moment and then very windy the next. Michael Campbell almost took advantage of the wind with less than 30 seconds on the clock, but his fierce drive went just over Eriksen Aga’s crossbar.
Kieron Thorp then made a good save from Curtis Ford before being shown a yellow card for allegedly handling the ball outside his area, resulting in the inevitable clamour from Peacehaven players to send Thorp off. A free kick by Conor Wilkins, who had already been poor with two previous kicks, was met by the unmarked Marcus Allen, but he headed over, and Josh Marshall shot just wide as the home side had a good spell.
Bridges hit back and Connor French came close after taking a pass from the excellent Liam Collins, and Nathan Crabb looked set to charge clear until he was crudely checked by Frazer Massen. Campbell hit into the side netting after a delicious pass from Brendan Murphy McVey, and Jamie Crellin saw a good volley deflected away for a corner. The half ended with Murphy McVey hitting a cracking shot that Aga saved brilliantly.
French had a shot held by Aga as the second half got under way, but it was Peacehaven who stole the lead after 48 minutes when Wilkins guided the ball through to Josh Marshall, who gave Thorp no chance as he found himself unchallenged. However, within five minutes Bridges were level as French won a good duel and found Campbell, who set up BRENDAN MURPHY-MCVEY to drill across Aga into the far corner of the net.
Chances came at both ends but both keepers made good saves, Thorp making two particularly important stops, one in added time. Had Peacehaven scored then, it would have been cruel on Bridges, who fully deserved their point.
Aerotron Man of the Match: Kieron Thorp
Referee: Thomas Price
Report by Alf Blackler