Sunday, 21 February 2016


Peacehaven and Telscombe rose rapidly from the Sussex County League where they were Champions in 2012/2013 to the Ryman Premier Division for the 2014/15 season via the Ryman Division One (South) where they were title winners in the 2013/14 campaign. A terrible run of seven defeats and one draw in The Magpie's last eight league games last season saw them relegated back to Step 4 of the non-league ladder - on the pitch things haven't gone much better this season. Former Horsham boss Simon Colbran was appointed manager in October following Darren Freeman's resignation.

P&T are currently on a terrible run of 10 league defeats in a row which has seen them drop to second bottom in the table including an 8-1 defeat at Ramsgate yesterday and a 7-0 defeat at Herne Bay on Saturday 23rd January. Their next game is at home in the return game versus Herne Bay so there is a chance for some revenge there.

All involved with the club have been mourning the death of their popular Chairman Brian Suckling who sadly passed away in January following a battle with Cancer. I'm sure he would of been very proud of the response from the local community who rallied round in support raising money following a recent break in which caused some significant damage at the club. This shows that the club is still going strong despite the unfortunate run of results on the pitch and they'll hopefully be turning the defeats into wins sooner rather than later.

If the Sussex club are unfortunately relegated back to the now Southern Combination League Premier Division for the 2016/17 campaign it is a great example of the non-league pyramid in England as in the 2014/15 season they were played Maidstone United and Margate at Step 3. One (or both) of those teams could be playing in non-league's top division next season against - P&T could be playing against Haywards Heath Town who were in Division Three of the league (step 7) in 2012/13.


Saturday 27th February - HERNE BAY (currently 6th place in the league)
Tuesday 1st March - HYTHE TOWN (currently 9th place in the league)
Saturday 5th March - Chipstead (they are 22nd in the league so this game is a real relegation six pointer) 


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