‘The only thing that matters in cup football is to get through’

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Danny Bloor insisted the only thing that matters in cup ties against opposition from lower divisions is to get through, after Lewes were taken to a sudden death penalty shootout by Sussex County League Division Two outfit Mile Oak.

The Rooks were unable to find a goal against a team sitting three division below them on a frustrating evening at Mile Oak Rec on Wednesday.

Despite seeing a Mile Oak player sent off in early extra time – and having a Lewes goal controversially ruled out during the extra 30 minutes – the tie finished 0-0 and went to penalties, which itself went to sudden death when one player on each side missed one of the first five kicks (Matt Crabb being the Lewes ‘villain’).

But the Rooks finally got through 6-5 and Lewes assistant manager Bloor said: “It was tricky and lots of things went against us but what you’ve got to remember is that, this time last year, Lewes were knocked out by Eastbourne United.

“So the important thing was to make sure we got into the next round – and we did. We were pretty much all over them all game – their keeper probably had the kind of game he’ll never have again.”

Bloor, who takes the game seriously but is never afraid to enjoy its lighter moments, joked of Crabb’s skied penalty: “Mile Oak have said they won’t be charging us for the ball as it was later found on the A27.”

Lewes go into tomorrow’s home game against Thamesmead Town with several players injured or with knocks.

But Bloor said: “We just have to get on with it. This is the time of the year that separates the men from the boys.

“It’s the time where we find out about people’s character – whether we’re pleasantly surprised or disappointed.”

Of Thamesmead, he said: “We had them watched against Hampton & Richmond and we spoke to the Hampton manager as well. It will be a tough game but if we show the same level of application as we did against Cray we’ll be all right.”

Lewes host Redhill in the League Cup on Wednesday.

ROOKS: Walker, Hendon, Gore, Pearson, Marshall (S Crabb), M Crabb, Madhani (Wheeler – Austin), Hall, Smith, Logan.