Newhaven’s winning start to the season came to an end against local rivals Peacehaven on Saturday afternoon. Both teams entered the match with 100% starts, but it was the visitors that left with their record still in tact.
Sam Scanlon gave Peacehaven a first half lead when he headed in from a cross. Simon Blaxall volleyed in a second half equaliser but Billy Pout fired in with 10 minutes remaining to win the points for the Tye.
Newhaven made four changes from the team that started the 6-0 win against Westfield a couple of weeks before. Scott Edwards, Freddie Beale, Dave Altendorff and Luke Duchossoy replaced Paul O’Donnell, Josh Tomkins, Bradley Keith and Damian Lambert respectively.
Chances were few and far between in the opening exchanges. Dangerous crosses were either defended well or were not met by an attacking player.
That was until the 20th minute when Scanlon rose unmarked to head past Harry Stewart in the Newhaven goal, following a cross from the left.
The half was relatively even but no clear cut chances were made. James Whatman fired high and wide when played in down the left.
With twenty minutes played in the second half Newhaven found an equaliser. A Naim Rouane free kick was saved by Owen Fisher. Jason Goddard kept the ball alive and flicked it back to Blaxall who fired in a left footed strike in to the top corner.
Newhaven had a header cleared off the line and Peacehaven hit the bar, but it was the visitors that regained the advantage with 10 minutes to play.
Pout advanced towards the Newhaven area and hit a shot from 25 yards that beat Stewart.
The hosts couldn’t find a second leveller and Peacehaven took the points.
Harry Stewart, Joe McTiffen, Scott Edwards, Jason Goddard, Freddie Beale, Tom Mason (Bradley Keith), Dave Altendorff (Calum Burnett), Naim Rouane, James Whatman, Luke Duchossoy, Simon Blaxall (Liam Keith).