Athletic celebrate historic triumph

Ore Athletic captain Joe Lambert receives the Sussex Junior Cup

Ore Athletic captain Joe Lambert receives the Sussex Junior Cup

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Ore Athletic have become the first team from Hastings to win the Sussex Junior Cup for 89 years.

The East Sussex Football League Division Two club emulated the achievement of Hastings Rock-a-Nore way back in 1923 courtesy of a 1-0 extra-time victory over Wittering United in the final last night (Tuesday).

Athletic manager Dave Cornelius said: “We are so very proud to bring it back home. The supporters were incredible yet again. They have followed us through seven rounds and we thank them.”

Rikki Matthews was the hero of the hour at the Sussex County FA County Ground in Lancing with a powerful back post header in the 110th minute.

The Sussex Junior Cup was Athletic’s second trophy of the season having already won the Wisden Sports Challenge Cup and they could make it a treble this weekend. A win over Hastings Rangers would wrap up the league title.

Athletic (4-4-2): Matt Cornelius; Wayne Barton, Jake Turner, Joe Lambert, Nick Parkinson; Terry Payne, Matt Sellick, Danny Barrellie, Rikki Matthews; Tony Barnett, Jamal Bsharah. Subs not used: Ollie Edmunds, Lewis Finch, Nathan Brown, Jay Burt, Jason Callow.

See Friday’s Hastings Observer for the full article.