Mid Sussex League Premier Division
Huggetts Lane, Willingdon
Admission and Programme: None
Attendance: 8 (head count)
Match Rating: 4
On a chilly and very overcast afternoon, the game was delayed by a couple of minutes, when some dog mess was discovered just as the referee was about to blow his whistle, but then on 7 minutes, the home side took the lead. A ball towards the outer right corner of the penalty area found a Willingdon player, which drew the keeper out into no mans land, and the ball was lobbed over him goalwards, and the ball was stabbed the ball home from close range. Indeed, Willingdon started much the brighter and created a couple of chances, so it was something of a surprise when Peacehaven for back on level terms on 19 minutes, thanks to a superb free kick from 22 yards which hit the inside of the far post and went into the net. They had a great chance to go into the lead a couple of minutes later when a free kick was dropped by the keeper, but a Willingdon defender just managed to get to the ball first to hack it to safety. Willingdon had the better of the first half and the more goalscoring chances, and so they may have been slightly disappointed to go in just on level terms at half time.
Peacehaven came more into the game in the second half, and amongst their good goalscoring chances was when a defender sliced uncontrollably over his own bar before they hit the woodwork. Willingdon still looked dangerous though, and after they squandered a one-one-one opportunity, with the striker hitting his shot against the keeper, they did retake the lead on 68 minutes. The Peacehaven keeper dropped a fairly gentle cross, and after the Willingdon forwards seemed to take long in getting a shot in, eventually the ball was passed back to the penalty spot, and the ball was driven in low through the centre of the goal. Peacehaven drew level for the second time though on 79 minutes with a very avoidable goal from Willingdon's point of view. A couple of their defenders and goalkeeper got in a right tangle deep inside their own area, and they were punished for failing to clear the ball when it was poked home. Both sides looked capable of scoring a winner in the remaining minutes, but it was not to be, and a point apiece was probably about right for a game that was full of attacking endeavour and one that either side could have won.