Newhaven progressed to the Third Round of the Reserve Section Challenge Cup after a hard-fought 2-0 win against Premier Division side Rye United.
Both goals of this tie came in the second half – first Sean Breach prodded in from close range before Lee Robinson wrapped up the win with a late second.
The Dockers will now face Eastbourne Town in Round Three, the same opponents they knocked out at the Quarter-final stage last season.
Newhaven manager Andy Cook made six changes to the team that started the win at Southwick two weeks before. Regular first team players Daniel Murray, Ryan Knight, Freddie Beale, Robinson and Richie Watton all came in to the side, after their game at Bexhill was postponed.
The only other change saw Tom Stevenson return to the team on the left wing. Harry Stewart, Joe McTiffen, Tom Mason, Harrison Cullinane and Gary Holmes were the players to keep their places.
Breach, Barry Knight, Jack Webber, Tom O’Donnell and Fenton Boakes made up a strong five-man bench.
Both teams were without a game the previous week because of the weather, and it showed in a rather uninspiring first half in which chances were few and far between.
Robinson drove two shots straight at the visiting goalkeeper, and the Dockers had the ball in the net twice but the flag had already been raised for offisde on both occasions.
The away side never really threatened Stewart in the home goal, as the defences came out on top of a tight first half.
The second half started in the same fashion but the first clear cut chance fell to Robinson. Stevenson was played in down the right and he squared the ball across the box for Robinson. His touch wasn’t ideal but he got a shot away that was well stopped by the goalkeeper.
With an hour gone, and still nothing between the sides, Newhaven made a couple of substitutions. Breach and O’Donnell were introduced for Mason and Cullinane – and the changes paid dividends almost immediately.
Robinson was fouled by the goal line, a few yards outside the area. The away goalkeeper couldn’t hold on to O’Donnell’s whipped free-kick in to the box and, after ricocheting off of Holmes, it fell nicely for Breach to poke in to the net.
Stewart was at his best to deny a couple of one-on-one chances for the visitors as they looked for an equaliser. Robinson should of made the game safe when he rounded the United goalkeeper but he sent his effort against the post.
With time running out Rye were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position after a wreckless foul by Holmes. The visitors sent the goalkeeper up but the set-piece was driven straight at the Newhaven wall.
Watton broke free and found Robinson who beat the last defender and finished in to an empty net to seal the victory.
Harry Stewart, Joe McTiffen, Daniel Murray, Ryan Knight, Freddie Beale, Tom Mason (c) (Sean Breach), Harrison Cullinane (Tom O’Donnell), Gary Holmes, Lee Robinson, Richie Watton, Tom Stevenson (Fenton Boakes). Unused: Jack Webber, Barry Knight.