A Shaun Lee goal 15 minutes from time won Eastbourne Town the Sussex Intermediate Cup on Wednesday in a hard fought game against Cowfold at Lancing.
Charlie Francis twice went close early on, his second effort tipped over the crossbar superbly by Cowfold goalkeeper James Fisher. After overcoming that early pressure Cowfold eased their way into the game, Town keeper Andy Albon had to be alert to deny first Nigel Smith and then Craig Deane from a free kick.
Fisher was in action once more, pulling off two smart saves in quick succession to deny Francis and Tom Addems before the referee brought an end to the first half.
Town’s wide men Gian Luca Del Guadio and Graham Holman began to influence the game a lot more in the second half. The excellent Holman thought he had scored when, after skipping past a couple of half-hearted challenges he unleashed a thunderous low drive that agonisingly hit the post and rebounded back to the grateful Fisher.
At the other end Cowfold’s Dean Robinson was unlucky not to score but the impressive Albon made a good save to keep it goalless. Town defender Ben Hughes was then on hand to steer away a goal-bound Robinson header as both sides went in search of the winner.
The final whistle beckoned after Callum Leagate was unable to prod home a Del Guadio cross at the far post, but with minutes remaining Eastbourne made the pressure pay when a Del Guadio corner was powered home by towering centre-back Shaun Lee and Town jubilantly celebrated taking the cup back to the Saffrons.
TOWN: Albon; Rogers, Hughes, Mcfarlane, Lee; Holford (Manning ), Del Guadio, Leagate, Addems (Davies); Francis, Holman (Curry).
Subs not used: Collins ,Nicholls
MOM: Graham Holman (great second half display.