Keymer & Hassocks Football Club. Playing Football in Hassocks at Adastra Park since 2003

3rd December 2011
Keymer & Hassocks vs Peacehaven
Div 1

K & H went down 2-1 to Peacehaven who thereby completed the double over them having won 1-0 in the opening fixture of the season

Very different playing conditions-heavy pitch compared to rock hard one and equally the visitors team with several new faces which always seems to be the case-must have a huge squad

Their front men were very quick and worked the home defence hard but K & H felt they had the better of the opening exchanges until Peacehaven hit the bar with a speculative effort and then opened the scoring with a similar effort that keeper Craig Jackson appeared to misjudge.This rattled K & H and Peacehaven took the initiative again hitting the crossbar from a corner.However K & H got back into the game when their centre back sliced a clearance and Stuart Thompson lobbed the keeper

Peacehaven took the game to K & H after the break and were rewarded when what seemed a half hearted effort found its way in at the near post-which caused some of their contingent to take the piss out of Craig Jackson-altering our perception of what we thought were a pleasant bunch of people

The visitors (urged on by the impressive vocal talents of their manager who kept up a dialogue of instructions virtually non-stop for the whole 90 minutes of play) continued to press but K & H managed to keep them at bay with some determined defending.Duncan O’Reilly came on to add some energy to the effort to try and get something out of the game and started to get forward to good effect.He then compounded his already legendary status with a thunderous tackle which for a moment silenced the onlookers until iron legs rose first from the tangle of legs- his opponent following shortly after with thankfully both it seems unscathed

In one last attempt K & H brought on injured front man Robert Kift for the final ten minutes and with seconds to go he managed to get behind the Peacehaven defence only to be tackled from behind just as he got his shot away causing him to miss the target.A hint of a penalty shout maybe but the Ref felt no so the last chance was gone and Peacehaven on the balance of play deserved the win.

Negative feelings towards them were compounded when they left all their pitchside rubbish behind and then their changing room in what can best be described as a squalid state

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