Sidley United allowed a golden opportunity to reach the Sussex RUR Charity Cup semi-finals slip through their grasp.
The Blues squandered a 2-0 lead as they went down 4-2 away to Sussex County League title hopefuls Crawley Down in the last eight on Tuesday night.
A Terry Payne cracker and one from Jason Taylor put Sidley in command, and they also hit the post twice before Crawley Down pulled one back amid a strong suspicion of a push on Danny Spice before half time.
Sidley passed up a trio of one-on-one opportunities during the second half and they were made to pay as Crawley Down turned the match around with three of their four goals coming from set-pieces.
Sidley: Bourne; Chandler (Cody), Jules, Spice, Rea; Payne, Kelly, McDonald (Dadswell), Bird; Taylor, Miles (Denny). Sub not used: Cruikshank.
A full report and reaction will appear in Friday’s Bexhill Observer.