Rye United’s hopes of another FA Vase run were ended before they even started.
Quarter-finalists last season, Rye were knocked out in round two on Saturday when they lost 2-1 at home to Three Bridges after having two players sent-off.
Duncan McArthur gave Rye a dream start with a stunning third minute goal from fully 40 yards, but Liam Upton was dismissed for a late challenge on 25 minutes.
McArthur saw red for a two-footed tackle in the 53rd minute, and although the nine men fought valiantly, two long range goals in the last 15 minutes put Rye out.
Sidley United crashed out of the Sussex County League John O’Hara League Cup after losing 3-2 on penalties to lower grade Southwick in round three.
Westfield ended their long losing run with a 2-2 draw at home to Steyning Town in Sussex Division Two. Sam Willett and the returning David Pugh scored the goals.
Bexhill United lost 2-1 away to Rustington in the same division despite taking a first half lead through Danny Ellis. Warren Parsons received his marching orders.
Little Common’s struggles continued with a 6-2 reverse at home to Mile Oak. Player/manager Russell Eldridge and Jamie Crone were on target for Common.
Full reports on each of these matches, plus more pictures from Rye’s game, will appear in Friday’s Observers.