A perfect performance from Peacehaven & Telscombe clinched the Sussex Principal RUR Charity Cup as they dominated Haywards Heath Town in the final at Culver Road on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.
A John Elliot strike and a penalty from Jake Brocklebank secured the result, and Charlie Durling’s goal late on added extra gloss to the scorelline for Peacehaven, who were the better side from start to finish despite Heath coming into the match as strong favourites to lift the trophy.
Despite sporting the ‘underdog’ tag, Peacehaven started the game brightly, matching their higher-level opponents early on and enjoying decent spells as the game grew into adolescence.
They managed to convert their initial promise into an early goal in the 19th minute as Curtis Ford smartly brought down a lumped ball forwards and fed Elliot, who slid the ball underneath the goalkeeper to put the Sothern Combination Football League Premier Division side a goal to the good.
They had a fantastic chance to double their advantage almost immediately when Callum Hart was found unmarked in the box, but his first-time swing at the ball failed to connect cleanly and bounced wide of the goal.
Meanwhile, the attacking threat of Haywards Heath began to diminish as they struggled to keep up with the intensity and quick footwork of their opponents.
Things went from good to even better for Peacehaven eight minutes before the interval thanks to Brocklebank, who sent Anthony Ender the wrong way from the penalty spot after Hart was shoved in the back by Sean Roddy inside the area.
The young midfielder came close to another just five minutes later with a well-hit free-kick which was diverted wide by the Haywards Heath wall.