Chailey & Newick Colts took home the Sussex C P Mason Cup (Under-14s) following a hard fought 2 -1 victory over AS Eastbourne at Culver Road on Sunday afternoon.
The clubs first ever trophy was secured after goals from Max Hammond and Archie Draper were enough to see off a second-half comeback from Eastbourne.
Noah Fuller’s second-half strike gave Eastbourne hope, but they couldn’t find the second goal to force the game to penalties.
The game may well have gone differently if not for the early intervention of Colts goalkeeper Jake Rhodes. A cross from the right found Eastbourne’s Ethan White at the back post, his header deflected off defender Dom Budgen forcing Rhodes to change direction and dive across his goal to keep it out.
Eastbourne started the brighter of the two, however they were picking the ball out of their net in the eighth minute. A ball over the top of the defence saw Max Hammond race onto it, the ball bounced over the onrushing keeper and Hammond poked it in for the opener.
The Colts were buoyed by the goal and ramped up the pressure, a brilliant ball from Toby Pitt released Henry Grice but his shot was saved smartly by Eastbourne keeper Alban Xhogu.
In another sliding doors moment, Eastbourne had a chance of their own. Finlay Fraser-Smith flicked on a header for Kenny Stubbs to run on to, he showed great composure in the box by picking out White, but the winger could not get a good connection on his shot with just the keeper to beat.
The Colts went straight up the other end and won themselves a penalty after it was adjudged there was a shirt pull in the area. Archie Draper made no mistake from the spot, placing it in the top right-hand corner.
Despite finding themselves two nil down, Eastbourne were a threat.
Gabi Storey was pulling the strings from the base of midfield with several pinpoint long balls releasing players down the wings, while Fraser-Smith was a threat in attacking midfield. Just before the break he lined up a left footed shot, but a Colts body got in the way to divert it wide.