Sussex started the second-half strongly. Blackmore, with his head, found Jay Popham who’s through-ball into the hosts’ penalty area was met by Veneti. The striker unleashed his shot, wide of target.
Another set-piece nearly resulted in the visitors scoring a second goal. Stevens and Blackmore combined once again with the latter’s’ header failing to trouble Connolly in the Bedfordshire goal.
The visitors continued the hunt in extending their lead. In the seventy-third minute, Mthunzi’s speculative effort from long range went wide of Bedfordshire post. This was quickly followed by Popham, who met a Veneti cross. However, his shot was comfortably saved by Connolly, to his right. The Goalkeeper was called into action again, this time from Stevens who’s shot from outside the penalty area was well-held.
Bedfordshire substitute, Teddy Daniels, was an influential addition. With less than ten minutes remaining, Daniels’ first-time attempt, from a Tyler Fry cross, brought a good save from Seymour. Minutes later, the striker had another effort, however, this did not trouble the Sussex goal.
In the eighty-seventh minute, Mthunzi showed some good skill evading one challenge from the Bedfordshire defence. His square-pass found substitute Olly Munt on the edge of the area who unleashed a shot narrowly over the bar.
Heading into additional time, with Bedfordshire trying to find an equaliser, Daniels used his physicality to find a way through the Sussex defence. His first effort was blocked well by Max Blencowe, followed by the rebound which was off target.
With the ball out of play, Daniels was involved in an off-the-ball incident which gave Referee Joshua Crofts little choice but to brandish the Red Card from his pocket.
That was the last of action at Kempston Rovers and Sussex now look forward to a home Quarter-Final tie against Staffordshire or Durham in the New Year.
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)
Goals: 0-1; Shots: 9-17; Shots-on-target: 3-8; Corners: 3-5; Offside: 3-3; Fouls committed: 17-11; Yellow cards: 4-0; Red cards: 1-0.
Bedfordshire: Connnolly; Fitzpatrick; Moore; Floyd; Scantlebury; Fry; Neziri; Onwusonye; Ramsay; Short.
Subs: Preston; Aderoju; Pyke; Daniels; Tilson; Gale.
Sussex: Seymour; Harper; Darienzo; Stevens; Blencowe; Blackmore(c); Ramsis; Mthunzi; Veneti; Popham; Wright.
Subs: Munt; Earl; Whitmore; Ward; Freeman; Honore.
Match Report by Dan Bartlett