Despite a brave performance by a Hailsham Town side missing several regulars, the Stringers bowed out of the Sussex Senior Cup to Selsey 3-2 in extra time.
The Beaconsfield was lucky to see a game on at all after surviving two pitch inspections caused by downpours. After three minutes the hosts must have been glad the game had gone ahead, when a great cross from Ashley Chatfield found Craig Ottley, who volleyed low and powerfully into the net.
Hailsham had chances to kill the game off, but with time ticking away, a lapse in concentration at the back saw Selsey level on 80 minutes through Graham Bush. And a minute later Bush got free again to smash the ball home from close range. Town refused to roll over and, after a period of pressure, their work paid off when Paul Richardson, in his first game of the season after coming out of retirement, powered a header home.
But the visitors got the winner through Matt Wood 22 minutes into extra time, and Town keeper Glenn Jenner saw red for clattering a Selsey player on the halfway line as he pushed up for a Hailsham corner.