Billinghsurst were ‘overwhelmed’ in Saturday’s 3-0 cup exit at the hands of Sidlesham.
The two teams know each other well having played each other three times last season en route to promotion to the County League, and boss Mark Betts admitted some complacency might have set in.
“Perhaps we were not fully focused,” he said. “They started on fire and perhaps we didn’t give them the respect they deserve. They are a good side, they overwhelmed us.”
A Hurst side missing key men went behind when John Phillips nodded in after keeper Tom Betts’ punch was crossed back into the box, and it was 2-0 when Phillips netted after Paul Elliott was robbed on halfway. Darren Annis and debutant Harry Constable went close when they saw efforts agonisingly go past the post, but Kieran Hartley sealed Sidlesham’s progress when he polished off a neat second half team move.