AFC Uckfield (previously known as Wealden FC) wait 11 years for a cup final... then two turn up at once!

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AFC Uckfield reached their second final of the season on Monday night when they beat Little Common 4-3 after extra time in the semi-final of the Division Two Challenge Cup.

James Rhodes equalised an early Little Common goal just before half time. After the interval AFC Uckfield got on top and it was a surprise when Little Common went ahead for the second time.

AFC tried hard to get on terms but the Little Common defence was very resolute. Fifteen minutes from time Stafford Browne was sent off for two bookings but, with only a few minutes remaining, AFC equalised through Drew Greenall.

Into extra time and the 10 men of AFC got on top and went ahead through Greenall before Little Common fought back to equalise. The last period of extra time saw two very tired sets of players pushing hard for the winner. It duly came two minutes from time when the ball was headed across goal and Ben Dartnell scored from close in.

The final will be on Good Friday evening (April 22, venue to be arranged).

AFC Uckfield – formerly known as Wealden FC before the start of this season – earlier last month reached the first ever cup final in the club’s 11-year history when they defeated Wick 1-0 in the semi-final of the RUR Charity Cup.

The final, against first division Crawley Down, takes place this coming Wednesday (April 6) at Culver Road, home of Lancing FC (Kick off is 7.30pm).