Eastbourne Town progressed in the Peter Bentley League Cup at the Saffrons on Friday night against a decent looking Seaford Town outfit.
Liam Upton scored twice for Town with Dom Clarke adding a third before Seaford scored a late consolation effort through Mitch Ellingham in the 90th minute.
The gulf between Seaford, languishing at the foot of the Division two table and their more illustrious opponents, recently relegated from the Ryman League but currently sitting in the top half of the Division one table, it was expected to be a bridge to far for Seaford.
And so it proved but not without a spirited and much improved performance from a very inexperienced Seaford side. With newly signed Billy Pout making his first appearance of the season for Seaford up front, the attacking options were hugely improved and his first input was a tremendous 40 yard effort with the ‘keeper off his line but unfortunately it went narrowly wide.
It was however the home side forcing the pace and Ben Head was having his work cut out in Seaford goal, one particular reflex save was outstanding but he was also ably assisted by some excellent last ditch defending from his back four.
Eastbourne went ahead after 22 minutes when a corner was played to the far post.
It was headed back across goal and although Head made a tremendous block as the ball was fired in he could do nothing about the rebound which fell kindly for Upton to score.
It was another rebound which allowed Upton to double the advantage nine minutes into the second half and 10 minutes from time a deep cross to the far post was headed home by Dom Clarke.
The best goal of the evening came on the stroke of full time from Town substitute Mitchell Ellingham.
It followed good build up play from Steve Peachey and Pout, ended with a fine left foot shot from the edge of the area that flew into the far corner. It was a 3-1 defeat for Seaford but theire were promising signs for boss Paul Harrison to build on. Next up, Seaford will hoep to record their first win of the season at their County League two clash at Westfield.
Eastbourne Town will turn their attentions to the RUR Charity Cup on Saturday when they travel to St Francis.