Newhaven are through to the quarter-final of the Division Two Challenge Cup after a 4-1 win at Rustington on Saturday.
Despite numerous chances the Dockers only led by one at half-time, Naim Rouane finishing well when through one-on-one.
The hosts hit back in the second half when Steve Kirkham found the net with a cool finish. But an own goal and two from Lee Robinson, in the last 15 minutes, gave Newhaven the victory that sees them play either Steyning Town or Midhurst & Easebourne in the next round.
Newhaven made one change from the team that started the victory at Oakwood last time out. Mark Probert, despite hitting a hat-trick at Tinsley Lane, dropped to the bench, and Ebou Jallow started on the left. Daniel Murray, Jason Edwards and Tom Stevenson joined Probert on the bench.
The visitors started the game well and, but for a stray pass from Robinson, should of been ahead early on – the right winger opting to play in Jallow when through on goal.
Rustington were unable to create many oportunities. They were awarded a number of free kicks around the area but Newhaven defended them well.
Watton, Altendorff and Robinson all had shots at goal but couldn’t test the home goalkeeper.
It was around the half hour mark when Newhaven got the breakthrough. A ball over the top from Jason Goddard found the run of Rouane. He took the ball in his stride, set himself and fired across the goalkeeper in to the right hand corner.
The away side were enjoying the majority of possession but no further goals followed in the first half.
And it was the same story in the second half, although the home side did try to push numbers forward looking for an equaliser.
And they got the leveller with 20 minutes left to play. Chris Darwin found Kirkham, who’s touch was superb, and he found himself one-on-one with Graham Leach. Kirkham calmly lofted the ball over Leach and in to the net.
The goal was the spark Newhaven needed and they immediately came back to life. Robinson had a deflected shot hit the post and then played a part in restoring the lead. Probert, on for Altendorff, played Robinson in behind the defence and his ball across the box looked to be heading wide before it was turned goalwards by an unfortunate defender.
There was no disputing that the third was Robinson’s though. Freddie Beale played a ball over the top of the defence to put Robinson through. He rounded the goalkeeper, who was a long way out of his goal, and then placed his shot past the covering defender.
And Robinson completed the scoring with a Newhaven fourth. Ryan Knight expertly turned away from a Rustington forward and sent a searching ball through for Robinson. He ran in and fired past the exposed home goalkeeper.
A comfortable win for Newhaven who will be away from home in the quarter-final.
Graham Leach, Jason Goddard (Daniel Murray), Scott Edwards, Ryan Knight, Freddie Beale, Sean Breach, Dave Altendorff (Mark Probert), Richie Watton, Lee Robinson, Naim Rouane, Ebou Jallow.
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