The second-half didn’t start any better, and the visitors found themselves further behind just five minutes into it when substitute Leke Ademola found the net from an acute angle after his initial effort struck the post.
Midhurst will have been thankful to Bird who came to their rescue on multiple occasions. Jack Samways had him at full stretch to tip a curling effort wide of the mark from range, and this was followed by a brilliant stop to deny Capon, palming his strike onto the crossbar.
Samways, who had an excellent game in midfield for Town, topped his performance off with a goal, courtesy of a lobbed effort from range with Bird caught out of his goal.
There was a lot of hunger in the Eastbourne Town side who looked to drive forward at every opportunity. Despite the scoreline, however, it was a spirited display from the Midhurst back line at times who were making life as difficult as possible.
Finally, though, Town added a sixth to add gloss to a very professional display, when the young Fletcher Holman came off the bench to tap home from close range.
Elsewhere in the competition Littlehampton Town put five past AFC Uckfield in a seven-goal game, Roffey and Billingshurst both edged five goal thrillers (3-2) against Broadridge Heath and Newhaven, whilst there were narrow 2-1 victories for Worthing United, Horsham YMCA and Little Common over Forest Row, Selsey and Peacehaven & Telscombe respectively.
Crowborough Athletic lost 1-3 at home to East Preston, as did Arundel against Pagham. Saltdean United, Crawley Down Gatwick and Eastbourne United all kept clean sheets as they progress into the next round of the competition, winning 3-0 against Hailsham Town, 2-0 over Hassocks and 1-0 versus AFC Varndeanians.SUSSEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP ROUND 1 RESULTS
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