Eastbourne Town bowed out of the FA Vase on the same afternoon that defensive stalwart Steve Elliot waved goodbye to the Saffrons faithful.
Elliott has been a central figure at the heart of Town’s defence since joining the club from Horsham in 2011 and paid tribute to the club following defeat at home to Erith & Belvedere.
“Not the result we wanted but went toe to toe with them. Proud to represent #ETFC Great bunch of boys and management. Will miss them,” he said on Twitter.
Committed as ever, Elliot signed off with a yellow card in his final game, shortly after witnessing his side fall behind to a goal from visiting striker Alfie May.
Tempers ran high after the opening goal as Matt Darby and Ryan Johnson also went into the book and Town were handed a way back into the game shortly afterwards. Aaron Lacy was dismissed for the away side after an altercation in the penalty area and Town were awarded a penalty. They were unable to capitalise, though, as Joe Dryer’s spot-kick was saved by keeper George Kamurasi.
Kamurasi was excellent all afternoon as others around him seemed to be losing their heads. The second half saw a host of tasty challenges and Sean Kelly, Matt Maclean, Danny Ellis and Jack Turner all caught the attention of the referee.
Dryer eventually got his revenge on Kamurasi with a poachers effort in the dying minutes but Damien Ramsamy scored in extra-time to send Town crashing out.
Town team: Nessling, Hollobone, Sutton, Maclean, Elliott, Kelly, Ellis (Turner), Darby, Clarke (Welch), Upton (Smith), Dryer