Lee Robinson bagged a hat-trick as Chichester City Football Club suffered Sussex RUR Cup final heartache at the hands on Newhaven in their final clash this evening.
City, who were appearing in their first final since winning the competition back in 2007, foughtback from two-goals down but were eventually edged out in a six-goal thriller.
Chi were more than a match for Dockers throughout but somehow found themselves two-goals down at the break. Oliver Davies headed Newhaven ahead on seven minutes, before Robinson bagged his opener two minutes after the half-hour mark.
But Miles Rutherford’s side were spirited in the second and two strikes in as many minutes got them level. First, Hartley volleyed home on 64, while Clack fired home two minutes later.
City were in the ascendency at this point but conceded a third with 16 minutes left. Scott Dartnall’s strike was collected by Robinson and he clipped over Hook.
Dockers made sure it was they who lifted the trophy four minutes from time. Josh Case’s tug on substitute Wes Millis’ shirt and a penalty was awarded.
Robinson slammed home the spot-kick to ensure it was Dockers who claimed the 2016 RUR crown.
CHICHESTER CITY: Hook; Williams, Horncastle, French, Edwards; Watts; Clack, Hegarty, McAuley, Hartley; Wild. Subs: Bingham, Ansa (Edwards, Smith, Case (McAuley), Goulding.
NEWHAVEN: Buss; Sidwell, Knight, Knellor, Edwards; Sowter, Rhodes, Jallow; Davies, Robinson, Dartnall. Subs: Millis (Rhodes), Hamilton (Dartnall), Boddy, Walton, Woolven.