Bexhill College, in association with Chelsea Football Cub Foundation and in partnership with Eastbourne Borough, progressed into the quarter finals of the Men's 1st team Sussex cup following a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Uckfield Community College.
With a worn-out side, Bexhill struggled to establish themselves in the early stages and deservedly found themselves 1-0 down after a good strike from distance from the Uckfield centre defender. Leone Gravatta restored parity with an equaliser, following a corner which was not cleared by the hosts.
The second half continued in much the same fashion with very little quality on show from either side. Uckfield took the lead for a second time from the penalty spot, after more careless play in the Bexhill defence.
Bexhill increased the pressure on the Uckfield defence, with several shots from distance being saved or missing the target.
With time running out Louis Elliott managed to score with a header, which sent the game into extra time.
Bexhill continued to dominate proceedings in extra time and were again wasteful in front of goal and were very fortunate as a late goal line clearance from Harry Rees stopped Uckfield from winning the game.
When it came to the penalty shootout, Bexhill found themselves 3-1 behind, but three saves from goalkeeper Jacob Roberts enabled Bexhill to draw level. Roberts himself then missed the sixth spot kick which would have seen Bexhill win the game. Eventually Louis Elliott scored the fourteenth and final penalty to see Bexhill progress 4-3 on penalties.
Credit to Uckfield who will feel hard done by that they didn't progress, and Bexhill must be thankful to Roberts for his man of the match display during the shootout.
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