The second-half started with the Foxes the most dangerous side and it wouldn’t take them long to finally find the net, as Jeffrey bundled home the first goal of the evening from a corner.
It wouldn’t take them long to be on the once again on the attack, as Legrange burst down the pitch, finding the returning Rudwick who was denied by some excellent Grantham defending. They would threaten from another dangerous corner and the chance fell to Jeffrey once again, but this time their captain could not convert.
Chichester would look to back into the game as they attempted to make Woodingdean rue those missed chances, A corner from Dan Swain was met by the head of John Phillips whose effort hit the bar in the trailing side’s best opportunity of the half.
After Keenoy drew a foul, Chi once again threatened, with Tom Bayley’s powerful low driven free kick brushing just wide of the Woodingdean net.
Despite the pressure put on them, Woodingdean scored out of the blue to double their lead in the 77th minute. Just minutes after a set-piece was almost scored at one end, Jamie Craddock fired a free-kick, and his low effort was good enough to beat O’Neill. The trophy seemed all but theirs and they almost made it three, but substitute Jordan Burstow missed a great opportunity to seal it.
The final whistle went, which confirmed Woodingdean’s victory and first ever piece of silverware for the trophy cabinet. Player manager Thai Beebee spoke of his delight at the win and talked about the difficulties of being a player manager.
“The boys are buzzing. It’s a massive trophy to win, it’s big for the club, puts us on the map really. It’s the biggest one in Sussex. We haven’t played each other so the first half was a bit of a chess match trying to suss each other out.
“They changed their shape in the first half and we said at half time that the first goal is massive. Luckily enough we got it. We score from a lot of set pieces so it’s nice to get one from a corner. It was a tight game, but we had the big chances.
“We’ve done it three years now. The first year I tried doing it on my own and I just couldn’t do it. Kalvin the assistant has been doing it (the side-line coaching) the last couple years. It’s difficult for me because when I am playing, I’m focusing on the game, and you can’t see what’s going on. He’s a big help.”
Of course, when there is a winning manager, there is also a losing manager. Chichester manager Hammond spoke of the disappointment whilst remaining positive. He said: “Yeah the game didn’t go our way. I don’t think we ever really got going properly like we know we can, but we can’t fault the effort there. I’ve just said to the boys, heads held high for that.
“We played against a good Woodingdean side, and I thought it was a really good contest and they scored their goals at the right time. It was tough to watch but really proud of them.
“I thought we struggled early on and really came into the game. We probably didn’t want the first half to end when it did. The result is what matters, and everyone is really gutted and dejected but we have another massive game in four days’ time. There’s a possibility, on Sunday, if we can take at least a point, that we win the league."