Lyttle blast wins it for Bexhill

Bexhill United won 3-2 at home to Rye United in round one of the Hastings & District FA Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

Both clubs fielded below strength teams in the first ever senior midweek floodlit game at The Polegrove, with Rye putting out a virtual reserve side.

Kele Buay gave Rye a 12th minute lead only for two goals in four minutes from Andy Atkin and Chris Gould to put Bexhill ahead at half time.

A Jack Franklin penalty in the 76th minute drew Rye level only for Joe Lyttle to win it for Bexhill with a cracking strike from 25 yards 12 minutes later.

A full report will appear in Friday’s Bexhill and Rye Observers.

Bexhill (4-4-2): Oakman; Markham, White, Parsons (McDonald 74), Andrews; Cuddington (Lyttle 52), Storrs, Atkin (McEniry 52), Doswell; Rogers, Gould. Sub not used: Stapley.

Rye (4-4-2): Winchester; Wellard, D. Clarke, Harris, Tuppenney; Franklin, Gall, J. Watson (Cooper HT), Scott (Pierce 78); Buay, Winton (S. Ellis HT). Subs not used: D. Bourne, Weston.