Local lad Leon Legge made his competitive debut for Brentford on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old defender played the full 90 minutes during the 1-0 defeat away to fellow League One club Norwich City in round one of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Karleigh Osborne, who once had a loan spell at Eastbourne Borough, played alongside Legge in the heart of Brentford's defence in front of 12,540 people at Carrow Road.
He told brentfordfc.co.uk: "Leggey's great to play with. He's come in and he's learnt so quickly. He's awesome in the air."
Their partnership was one of the highlights of the evening for Brentford and could well be needed again for the trip to high-flying Charlton Athletic in the league on Saturday.
Legge had also been an unused substitute in Brentford's two league games immediately prior to that, 1-1 draws away to Southampton and at home to Oldham Athletic.
He signed a professional contract with The Bees in the summer having previously played non-league football for Hailsham Town, Eastbourne United AFC, Lewes and latterly Tonbridge Angels.
Legge was a pupil at Bexhill High School and then Bexhill College where he was part of the squad which reached a national quarter-final in 2003, eventually losing to a team from Coventry run by former Coventry City, Norwich and Wales midfielder David Phillips.
As a youngster, he spent some six years with the highly successful youth section at Little Common Football Club before playing for Sidley United at under-18 level.