Eastbourne United’s double hopes are over after their second semi-final defeat in under two weeks.
After losing to Sholing in the FA Vase last week, United’s attention turned to a league and cup double but they were dumped out of the Sussex Division Two cup in resounding fashion and imploded as three of their players were sent off.
Goalkeeper Grant Young was first to see red just after half-time, and with no replacement on the bench, midfielder Jack Aston went between the sticks.
United were already one down, courtesy of Mark Cave’s opener and their misery was compounded when Shaun Findlay beat the makeshift keeper to double the lead.
Tim Martin made it three before Scott Dartnall was given his marching orders for an ill-timed lunge on half way and Pete Featherstone went the same way with ten minutes left.
Featherstone’s sending off was perhaps a little harsh and while his challenge was mistimed, a yellow card might have sufficed.
With the visitors now coasting to victory, Martin rubbed some salt in to the wound with his second and his side’s fourth with a minute left on the clock.