In the battle of 5th against 10th in the Southern Combination League, it was advantage Crowborough, as they beat their higher placed division rivals Peacehaven 0-1 in our Feature Game of the Third-Round of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup.
Going into the game, Crowborough were the team out for revenge, as they were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat the last time the two sides met back in August.
The opening exchanges reflected the turbulent conditions at Peacehaven’s WW Sports Park, with the wind putting pay to any attempt by either team of playing it long.
As such, chances were few and far between for both, with neither team able to get a foothold in the game as the clock ticked over to the half-hour mark.
Peacehaven however were enjoying the majority of possession, yet the few speculative efforts they had failed to challenge Matt Larkin in the Crowborough goal.
Yet these efforts did appear to galvanise the visitors, who started to grow into the game.
Indeed, the first real chance of the game fell to Crowborough’s Harry Forster, who was able to get his shot away on the edge of the area and forced a good save from the diving Nathan Stroomburg-Clarke in the Peacehaven goal.
Crowborough continued to keep the pressure up however and were rewarded for their efforts just three minutes before the break.
This time it was the Crowborough number nine Lucas Murrain who was able to get on the end of a deep ball into the box and bundle it into the back of the net.
Yet the visitors weren’t done just yet, with Forster sending in another long-ranged effort, which once again required Stroomburg-Clarke to be called into action.
The second-half saw a much-improved Peacehaven, as the home side looked to assert some authority over proceedings.
Indeed, it was Peacehaven’s Callum Edwards who had the first chance of the half, combining with his midfield compatriot, before driving his shot low, and forcing Larkin to get down quickly to prevent the equalizer.