A well-taken penalty from Matt Crabb ensured Eastbourne Town advanced to the next stage of the FA Cup after a physical contest at Littlehampton.
Town dominated proceedings at St Flora Sportsfield but only had the solitary strike to show for their efforts.
Littlehampton were aggressive, perhaps overly so at times, and snapped into the tackles throughout the 90 minutes.
Town defender Ross Sutton was taken to hospital after 12 minutes with a suspected broken ankle after a hefty challenge.
Striker Danny Curd missed a number of chances to give his side the lead as the usually reliable striker had a rare off day.
The winner came from a clear-cut penalty on 76 minutes. Ben Austin was punched in the back of the head and the referee instantly pointed to the spot.
Former Borough winger Crabb kept his composure and fired home the spot kick.
Curd’s replacement Richard Greenfield had a great chance to add a second. The striker did fantastically well to waltz around a number of tackles but fell over just as he was about to shoot.
TOWN: Reed, Lansdale, Sutton, (Billings 12), Austin, Fogden, Elliot, Denton, Strevett, Curd (Greenfield), Cobbs (Geard 75), Crabb.