Loxwood seal a spot in Sussex Senior Cup quarter-finals
In awful conditions, goals from Mark Cave and substitute Ollie Gill, the latter’s a 74th-minute winning penalty against his old club, put the Magpies into the quarter-finals.
Cocoracchio hailed his County League Division 1 newcomers as they put in a sterling display to clinch a deserved victory over their full-strength Ryman League South Division hosts.
He said: “We knew they were on a decent run of form having won two of their last three. They won away at Folkestone Invicta, who were fourth in the league and 6-0 away at Herne Bay, who were sixth. When they are getting results like that you expect a tough game.
“Apart from their goalkeeper they were full strength on the bench and the park. So it was great to play them at their best and for three quarters of the match be the better team.
“Even their manager said to me we thoroughly deserved it, so to play that level of opposition and have the boys put in that performance, I am very proud of them.”
Loxwood pressed high from the start of the game and it paid off on 38 minutes when the home stopper took an extra touch and Cave nipped in to finish.
On 61 minutes, Bridges levelled against the run of play as Abu Touray cut in from the left and fired into the left-hand corner.
Loxwood then weathered a 15-minute storm, before Dean Wright was played through by Gill and wiped out by the Bridges stopper, who was spared from an early bath, with just a yellow card.
The 17-year-old midfielder then coolly converted the penalty to give Loxwood the lead once again with 16 minutes left.
It could have been more in the closing stages as Wright had an effort saved, the pacy Tom Summerfield beat three men from his own half, only to put wide and Cave side-footed over from seven yards out.