A proud Mansell - taking charge of his first game as Under 16s boss was full of praise for his side, and said:
“That was a very mature, disciplined and streetwise performance, I am very pleased and proud of all the boys and every one of them was brilliant.
“For a new Sussex side to put in a performance like that after only a few weeks of putting the squad together, against a very, very good side, was absolutely superb.
“The boys played exactly how we wanted in a very tough game. At this level and this age group it’s unusual to have such a physical scrap but the boys did so well and Demas up front was a constant threat with his pace and trickery.
“Harry Cuthbert at the back also stood out for me, he played ever so well. We’ve said to the boys that they’ve all got the Sussex shirt at the moment but we want them all to push to keep it now.”
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)
Stats: (Sussex - Kent): Goals: 2-0; Shots: 9-3; Shots-on-target: 5-1; Corners: 6-2; Fouls: 6-9; Offsides: 3-2; Yellow cards: 1-1; Red cards: 0-0.
Sussex: Lockyer, Chapman, Wood, Blencowe (c), Merchant, Cuthbert, Wright, Munt, Ramsis, Popham, Hewens.
Subs: Little, Freeman, Chalmers, Ferreira, McSweeney
Kent: McLeish, Jackson, Edwards, Watson, Sargent, Jones, Roberts, Turner (c), Sithole, Dunn, Landolo.
Subs: Gurung, Edorh, Adekundle, McDonnell.
Match report by Jamie Spoor.