Newhaven are through to the Reserve Cup quarter-final after a 90th minute Jack Webber strike saw them edge past Eastbourne Town at Fort Road on Monday night.
The reward for the Dockers is a last-eight meeting with unbeaten Hassocks – who they met in the semi-final of this competition last season – at The Beacon.
Town, who currently occupy 4th in Reserve Premier, twice took the lead in an entertaining first half. Dave Altendorff’s thunderbolt came between two Town goals, the first of which came off Altendorff himself.
Newhaven were in control of the second half and deservedly equalised through Tom O’Donnell before Webber had the final say with just minutes remaining.
The home side were boosted by the additions of Dave Altendorff and Scott Edwards, who both missed the weekend action. Jason Goddard and Simon Blaxall also came in to the team after playing a part in the first team’s 2-1 win over Wick on Saturday.
Newhaven had already beaten Premier opponents in the cup – Rye United were dispatched 2-0 a few weeks before – but an early change was required when Matt Harrison felt his hamstring go. Webber replaced the unlucky Harrison.
The visitors settled better and weren’t afraid to try their luck from range. They got themselves in front early on when an in swinging corner hit Altendorff and evaded Harry Stewart.
The Dockers were failing to impose themselves on the game and were lucky to still be only one down when a long range effort struck the outside of the post.
Another Town strike went marginally wide before an Altendorff wonder goal made it all square.
Webber had kept alive a deep cross and found Altendorff in space. The midfielder turned and unleashed an unstoppable drive from the right of the Town box that left the goalkeeper with no chance.
This didn’t stop the visitors, though, and back up the other end another decent shot hit the post for a second time.
Town did restore their advantage before half-time when a run and low, bouncing shot found the far corner of Stewart’s net.
Stewart had to beat out a deflected effort, and then watch as the rebound was fired over the bar, as the away side went in to the break on top.
However, the second half was a different story. Newhaven played higher up the pitch and reduced Town to very little.
The hosts were in control, without really threatening the Town goal, until the 70th minute when O’Donnell swept in an equaliser.
Joe McTiffen’s free-kick was smashed towards goal by Goddard. The away goalkeeper kept out his fierce drive but the ball eventually fell to O’Donnell who made no mistake from 8 yards.
The visitors frustration started to get the better of them and a couple of late tackles started flying in.
Tom Mason replaced Harrison Cullinane as the Dockers looked for a winner. And that moment came with just minutes remaining.
Luke Duchossoy got past his marker and sent a searching cross in to the box. Webber sent his header against the bar before Blaxall’s rebound was blocked. However, the loose ball fell for Webber again who swivelled and fired in to the back of the net for their first lead of the game.
The home side saw out the remaining minutes and celebrated getting to the quarter-final of a cup they seem to enjoy playing in.
Harry Stewart, Joe McTiffen, Calum Burnett, Scott Edwards, Jason Goddard, Harrison Cullinane (Tom Mason), Dave Altendorff, Tom O’Donnell, Matt Harrison (Jack Webber), Simon Blaxall, Luke Duchossoy. Unused: Barry Knight, Joss Slowey.