Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s take on Eastbourne Town in the quarter-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup at The Saffrons this evening, kick-off 7.45pm, as Simon Rusk’s team look to keep their defence of the trophy alive.
The Seagulls have beaten Lewes and Hastings United en route to the final eight of the competition, winning 1-0 and 4-0 at The Dripping Pan and The Pilot Field respectively.
Josh Kerr fired the winning goal in the second round of the competition, before Stefan Ljubicic’s brace and goals from Danny Cashman and Ryan Longman secured victory over the Arrows.
Rusk’s team are in excellent league form, having taking nine points from five unbeaten matches in the Premier League 2 Division 1, which includes back-to-back wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
Tonight’s opponents have won three matches to reach the quarter-final stage. John Lambert’s side sealed 3-0 victories over both Sidlesham and Whitehawk, before edging past Worthing with a 2-1 victory at The Saffrons.
Eastbourne find themselves in third position in the Southern Combination Premier Division after 28 matches, with Zac Attwood and Aaron Capon currently on 11 league goals for the promotion hopefuls.
The winner of tonight’s quarter-final will play Bognor Regis Town at Nyewood Lane in the semi-finals, while Haywards Heath Town and Burgess Hill Town go head-to-head at the Hanbury Stadium.
Albion supporters can purchase tickets on the gate at The Saffrons, and prices are as follows:
Otherwise, supporters can follow a live text blog from tonight’s game on the Match Centre and read a match report on the website after the full-time whistle.