It was business as usual for home side Bognor Regis Town as they overcame a hard working Bexhill United to advance into the Semi-Final of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday night.
Going into the game things had hardly been plain sailing for the Rocks, who had lost their last four games in the league on the spin.
Bexhill on the other hand were a side starting to come into a bit of form, having won four of their last five games.
Yet from the referee's whistle it was Bognor who looked set to make their mark on the game, with their first chance of the match coming just after 10 minutes, when Walter Figueira’s well struck effort clattered the underside of the bar and was cleared away.
However, whilst the home side dominated the early exchanges, the Pirates were quick to take advantage of any wayward passes from the Bognor backline.
Indeed, the first such error at the back was nearly punished by Evan Archibald upfront, who, after intercepting a poor back pass, had enough composure to round Matt Rowley in the Rocks goal, but in the end his effort was a tame one which was cleared away by Joe Briffa.
Despite a somewhat shaky defence, Bognor continued to dominate proceedings in the first-half, with midfield and attack combining with ease at times, leaving the Bexhill defenders struggling to cope.
Yet when the opening goal from the hosts came just before the half-hour mark, it seemed to catch everyone by surprise.
A well taken corner was seemingly cleared away, yet whilst the Bexhill defenders and goalkeeper assumed the ball had rolled out of play, no whistle was blown, and a delighted Dan Gifford was able to pick it up and slot it past Alex Zamini.
Further galvanised by the goal, Bognor continued to fly forward and create chances, with Zamini making a number of saves before the break to keep the score down.
But such was the quality of Bognor upfront that their lead was soon doubled, with Nathan Okokonyero getting on the end of the ball from Sam De St Croix, to head it goalwards, Zamini at full stretch was able to get a hand to it, only to send it back into the path of Okokonyero who made no mistake with the second attempt on the half-volley.