Broadbridge Heath gained welcome revenge for a recent drubbing when they overcame Eastbourne Utd after extra-time in the Sussex RUR Cup last night (Tuesday).
Just ten days earlier they had been thrashed 6-1 by the same opponents.
Manager Steve Painter was keen to make an impression after the heavy defeat suffered when he was forced to field an under-strength side.
He said: “We were well stuffed last week when we had the spine of the team missing - four key players including our goalkeeper who has been playing well this season, James Fisher and Ben Arthur.
“We knew we could beat them with all our players fit because we can beat anyone.”
Eastbourne took the lead after a goalless first half through a 51st minute goal by Peter Cooper.
Second half goals by Tim Martin and Martyn Flack after 52 and 72 minutes made it 2-1 before the hosts forced the match into extra-time through a 78th minute own goal.
The thrilling finale was eventually settled with just two minutes to go before penalties by Heath’s Gary Pritchard.
Painter added: “We should have finished it off in normal time because they did not threaten much through outfield play. We showed great character and Tim Martin was outstanding.”
Heath: Fisher, Swain, Flack, Attwater (Laddell 110), Chester, Sultan (Pritchard 90), Miller (Drinkwater 80), Arthur, Martin, Holmes, Cave