It was a tale of two halves for East Grinstead Town, as they dug deep to come from a goal behind to beat a determined Hassocks side 3-1 at the OHOB Community Stadium last night to advance to the Third Round of the Sussex Transport Senior Cup.
From the off, The Wasps looked to stamp their authority on the game, continually working it down the flanks and sending crosses into the Hassocks box, yet the visitors centre halves, were always on hand to head clear.
Hassocks meanwhile were content with absorbing the early pressure as they looked to get a foothold in the game.
However, the early indications where it could be a long night for the Robins, with their only shots in the opening 15 minutes being speculative halfway line efforts from AlexFair, who seemed determined to catch keeper Matte Pierson off his line.
Yet Fair was undeterred, and his tenacity paid off, winning the ball off East Grinstead’s Matt Weaire right on the edge of his own box.
Fair was then able to keep his composure and slot the ball past the on-rushing Pierson, to give Hassocks the lead with just under 20 minutes played.
East Grinstead looked to respond quickly, but as the first-half drew to a close, they continued to struggle to create any clear-cut opportunities to test Fraser Trigwell in the Hassocks goal.
Indeed, with just five minutes left to play of the half, it was the visitors who once again looked the more dangerous going forward, with a long throw landing at the feet of Nathan Miles, but he was unable to get a good enough connection on the shot, and it was seized upon by Pierson.