County League round-up: FA Cup weekend

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Shaun Saunders declared himself happy with the result but unhappy with the performance after seeing his Peacehaven team labour to a 2-1 win over Banstead Athletic in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Tye safely negotiated the Extra Preliminary Round of the famous competition thanks to a first half strike from Ashley Rees and a late penalty from Ryan Bradley.

But following outstanding 4-1 and 9-1 wins from his team already this season, boss Saunders was less than delighted with this Peacehaven display.

“I’m happy with the result but not the performance,” he said.

“I thought we were a little bit lethargic today but then it’s early in the season and we’ve had three games in seven days, and they’ve all been played at high tempo. And with the weather, maybe today it just sapped us a little bit.

“We fell a little bit short of our normal performance today.”

Ringmer continued their good start to the season with a 4-2 FA Cup win away at Erith Town. A brace apiece from Glen Matten and Aaron Watson was more than enough to see the Blues into the next round, and build on their two 1-0 wins so far in the league this season.

And club chairman and former team boss Bob Munnery couldn’t hide his delight, writing on Twitter: “Three wins out of three. As a chairman I cannot ask for more.”

Crowborough romped to a 5-2 win away to Chichester City in an all-Sussex FA Cup clash. Crows’ goals came from an first half opener from Scott Taylor and braces from Scott Trevealen and Chris Ramsome.

But Hailsham Town’s losing start to the season continued at home to Greenwich Borough, although the spirited performance in a much closer result than the first two games of the season (a 4-2 FA Cup loss rather than the 0-7 and 1-4 league reversals) will have given Stringers fans encouragement. Hailsham’s goals came in the second half from Shane Saunders and Ryan Alexander.

And AFC Uckfield also exited the FA Cup at the first hurdle, going down 4-2 away to Lindfield. The Oaks goals were scored by James Rhodes, from the penalty spot, and an injury time consolation goal from George Jones.

Newhaven started their first season in County League Division Two for many a year with a good 2-0 win at home to Rustington. Lee Robinson scored both the goals in the second half.

Seaford Town and Saltdean United both opened their Div 2 league campaigns with draws.

Town drew 2-2 away with Broadbridge Heath, with goals coming from Tony Russell and Michael Lloyd, while the Tigers came from behind to draw 1-1 at home with Midhurst & Easebourne, James Bentley scoring the hosts’ goal.