With nothing to separate the teams at the final whistle, the game had to be decided by the lottery of spot kicks.
If the Bognor players were nervous, they certainly didn’t show it, as all five of their penalties were put away with confidence.
Yet for Eastbourne, as the tension of the shootout started to bite, it was Zack Tarrant who was unable to keep his effort down, as it struck the crossbar.
The Rocks’ manager Nick Scott was delighted with his boys’ performance post-match.
“It was nerve-wracking,” he said. “We had a decent start of the game, and we got the goal we deserved in the first-half.”
“We had to re-build, re-focus and come out again in that second-half,” he continued. “After the equalizer, the boys were a bit dejected, so we had to raise their spirits again.
“But I just said to the boys to remember that we were still level pegging, and thanks to that goal, they’ll be coming out fast in the second-half so you need to be ready.”
Of course with penalties always being a potential obstacle in any cup final, did Scott have the team running through spot kicks in training to prepare?
“No penalties practiced,” he shared. “We went with the first five names to take one [penalty], we felt they’d be confident to put the ball in the back of the net.”
“So it was great to see the lads step up and put five really well taken penalties away to win it for us, because at the end of the day I think we were the better side so I’m delighted the boys were able to get the job done.
“After last year, coming here and losing the final, we all wanted to go that one step further this year, so a great day all round!"