Common and Bexhill set for cup derby

Action from the last meeting between Little Common and Bexhill United on Easter Monday
Action from the last meeting between Little Common and Bexhill United on Easter Monday
  • Little Common and Bexhill United to go head-to-head tonight
  • Peter Bentley Challenge Cup second round tie at Little Common Rec (7.15pm)
  • Both clubs have won three and lost one in the league so far
  • Common won twice at home to Bexhill in the cups last season
  • Last season’s two league meetings produced a win each
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The footballers of Little Common and Bexhill United will go head-to-head for the first time this season tonight (Wednesday).

The crosstown rivals will lock horns at Little Common Recreation Ground in round two of the Macron Store Southern Combination Football League’s Peter Bentley Challenge Cup. Kick-off is 7.15pm.

Common player-manager Russell Eldridge said: “Everyone will be looking forward to that game. Local pride’s up for grabs in that and obviously a spot in the next round of the cup.”

Common beat Bexhill on home soil in two cup competitions last term, while the league meetings between the clubs produced one win apiece.

Bexhill manager Marc Munday said: “Once again it’s one everyone will want to be involved in. Little Common are an established team and you know they’re always going to be dangerous.

“If they play well and we’re not on our game they will beat us, and vice-versa. You can see in the positions we’re probably quite similar. They’re a good side and it will be a hard game.”

If they play well and we’re not on our game they will beat us, and vice-versa.

Marc Munday

Both clubs have picked up nine points from a possible 12 in the league so far, but were beaten in FA Vase first round qualifying last weekend.

Common are set to welcome back Jamie Crone following suspension, but Bexhill are likely to be missing several players. Corey Wheeler is on crutches having torn ligaments, Adam Garman pulled his hamstring at the weekend, Jack Woodward is struggling with injury and George Aston is on holiday. Dan Cruikshank still has one match to run on his suspension, but Yankuba Camara has now completed his ban.

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