Ten-man Bexhill win thrilling final

Bexhill United match-winner Paul Rogers
Bexhill United match-winner Paul Rogers
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Ten-man Bexhill United stunned higher grade neighbours Sidley United to win the Hastings & District FA Senior Cup.

Despite going 3-2 down in the 89th minute, Bexhill rallied with goals in the 90th and 93rd minutes to pull off a 4-3 victory in an incredible finish at Gullivers last night (Tuesday).

Paul Rogers gave Bexhill a deserved lead after half-an-hour, but Sidley levelled through a Ben White penalty 10 minutes later when Bexhill goalkeeper Gavin Bourne was sent-off for dragging down Allan McMinigal.

Chris Gould put Sidley ahead in the 53rd minute and although Martin Denny equalised 10 minutes afterwards, the Blues went back in front when replacement goalkeeper Joe Rogers missed his kick from Josh Elliott-Noye’s back pass.

Bexhill restored parity again almost instantly, though, thanks to a stunning left-foot volley by Andy Garman and won it three minutes later via a deflected strike from the outstanding Paul Rogers.

See Friday’s Bexhill Observer for a full report and reaction.

Elsewhere, Three Bridges closed to within five points of Sussex County League Division One leaders Rye United with two games in hand courtesy of a 3-1 victory away to AFC Uckfield.

Sussex Division One top three (played-points): 1 RYE UNITED 34-80, 2 Three Bridges 32-75, 3 Lancing 33-74.