Sidley United completed a stellar season with a league and cup double after Charlie Cornford and Paul Rogers fired them to cup glory at Culver Road.
In a showdown of the East Sussex high flyers, Mid Sussex Premier champions Sidley added the Intermediate Cup to their trophy cabinet but condemned County League side Jarvis Brook to a brace of the unwanted kind.
Ed Handford’s side finished runners up to Rustington in their league campaign and suffered the same fate here despite a late surge which almost saw them force extra-time.
In truth though, Sidley fulled merited their victory, a sentiment echoed by their manager John Carey. He said: “We made it hard for ourselves in the second half and it got a bit hectic towards the end. But we had enough chances to kill it off, we hit the upright and had a couple of one on ones so there’s no question we deserved the win.
“The league was the number one priority, we set out to win the title and we’ve done that but winning the cup is the icing on the cake as well.
“I’m very proud of the players, a lot of them have played at a higher level so we trust them and believe in them, they buy into what we’re trying to do.
“We’ve managed to keep mainly the squad together over the past couple of disrupted years which have helped us and the result has been an excellent season. Winning the double at this level is the best you can do so you can’t really ask for more can you?”
The first opening of the contest went the way of Jarvis Brook, with impressive winger Charlie Bastin at the heart of things early on. He burst clear down the right and teed up the onrushing Liam Edwards, but Daniel Hutchins got down well to save.
Much-travelled midfielder Lee Carey flashed an effort wide for United, before Charlie Baitup tried his luck from distance at the other end only to see what would’ve been a goal of the season contender curl inches off target.
Neither goalkeeper had much to do but, in the 34th minute, Brook’s Matthew Harman sprung into action to prevent the opening goal. More by luck than judgement, Louis Walker’s cross/shot looked to have caught out the keeper and loop in, but Harman’s strong reflexes tipped the ball to safety.
The reprieve only proved temporary though with Harman beaten in a far more conventional fashion 90 seconds further on. The ball dropped kindly for Cornford inside the box, he pulled it down, spun his marker and fired in a finish from close range.