Eastbourne United condemned managerless Midhurst & Easebourne to a 6-1 defeat to set up a mouth-watering tie with Ryman league Lewes at the Dripping Pan in the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup.
It took nine minutes for captain Pete Featherstone to score the opening goal for United, who are the six-time winners of the Sussex Senior Cup.
Midhurst’s defensive weaknesses were exposed minutes later as manager’s player-of-the-year Shaun Lee beat the visiting ‘keeper to the ball to head home an inch perfect free-kick from Danny Simmonds.
Jamie Bunn made a perfect cross for Liam Baitup 23 minutes into the game with a goal which then effectively sealed the tie. United made it a first half to remember when Pete Cooper stroked home a penalty after the striker had been crudely taken down by a combination of the visiting ‘keeper and centre half.
After half-time, things didn’t get any easier for the West Sussex side who play in the same division as United, as Shaun Lee doubled his tally on 50 minute with a second header for 5-0.
Even then Midhurst didn’t give up and they called on the virtually redundant United goalkeeper Sargent into action as he had to react well to turn a fizzing drive round the post for a corner.
Moments later, Midhurst’s Mike Asare made a powerful run and strike to give the luckless visitors a consolation goal.
With 10 minutes left, United put the cherry on the top of the cake as Ben Farrant, a 16-year-old debutant, played a perfect through ball to Mark Goodwin who placed the ball into the path of Drew Greenall to easily slot past the ‘keeper and round off a successful afternoon at The Oval.
Manager Paul Daubeney made three changes to the starting line-up which required extra-time to get past Oakwood in the RUR Cup the previous week, with Gianluca Del-Gaudio, Shaun Lee and Liam Baitup coming in for Ben Hughes, Drew Greenall and the suspended Simon Catt.