United ease into quarter-finals after impresisve cup scalp

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Eastbourne United stormed into the quarter-finals of the SCFA RUR Charity Cup with an emphatic victory over Division One side Lingfield on Tuesday.

Depsite the 18-place difference between the two sides in the league standings, United battled hard to overcome their higher-league opponents and book their place in the next round.

Lingfield took an early lead with Danny Oakins striking the ball home in just the third minute. However, the home side responded strongly, with Peter Cooper drawing level just 13 minutes later.

The score stayed at 1-1 until the interval, with Cooper striking again in the 62nd minute to propel United into the lead.

From there, they ran away with the game. Mark Goodwin and Liam Baitup added to the tally in the 80th and 84th minute respectively to seal the third-round win for the Division Two outfit.

Oakins grabbed a last-minute goal for Lingfield but it was no more than a little consolation as United marched into the quarter-final, where a match with either Broadbridge Heath or Bexhill United awaits.

The two possible opponents will play out their cup clash on Saturday, with the quarter-final due to be played at the Oval in late January.

United return their attentions to the league this weekend as they travel to Storrington looking to extend their unbeaten run to ten matches across all competitions.