Sussex Cup

Eastbourne football fans are in for a treat on Wednesday, November 27, as, weather permitting, all of the town’s teams are set for action in the Sussex Senior Cup second round.

The pick of the action sees Sussex Division Two leaders Eastbourne United host Football League One outfit Crawley Town.

United have claimed high-profile scalps in the FA Vase this season, however, they won’t have come up against opposition quite like Crawley, who have aspirations of promotion to the Championship - the second tier of English football.

It’s a plumb tie for United and after easing past Saltdean United 5-1 in the first round, they’ll be expecting a bumper crowd at the Oval for the game, especially as the other Eastbourne teams will all be on the road.

Eastbourne Borough will be well fancied, not only for their trip to County Division One strugglers Shoreham, but perhaps a place in latter stages of the competition.

Their opponents did come through the first round largely untroubled, winning 2-0 in Midhurst & Easebourne, but the gulf in class should tell in this tie.

Eastbourne Town, meanwhile, face a tricky test at St Francis Rangers. Despite plying their trade a league below Town, St Francis will prove a threat having made light work of their first round clash with Worthing United, running out 9-2 winners.

If the Eastbourne side’s can negotiate the second round they will go into the last 16 where they are likely to be joined by Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion, who host Arundel.

Brighton are the current holders and will be strong favourites to lift the cup, something they’ve managed in six of the last seven seasons.

The full second round draw is as follows:

AFC Uckfield v Horsham YMCA

Bognor Regis v Lancing

Brighton and Hove Albion v Arundel

Burgess Hill v Pagham

East Preston v Wick

Eastbourne United v Crawley Town

Hastiings United v Westfield

Little Common v Ringmer

Mile Oak v Lewes

Newhaven or Seaford Town v Loxwood

Peacehaven v Hassocks or Steyning

Rye United v Crawley Down Gatwick

Shoreham v Eastbourne Borough

St Francis Rangers v Eastbourne Town

Three Bridges v Worthing

Whitehawk v Horsham