STEYNING Town Football Club boss John Suter admitted he took a lot of positives on Tuesday evening but was left disappointed with his side’s Sussex RUR Cup exit at division-higher Crowborough.
Suter saw his side take a 2-0 lead into half-time but Crowborough fought back in the second half and were level by the 62nd minute.
The hosts then scored once in each half in extra-time to move into the third round and Suter said: “I came away really disappointed as we could have won the game.
“We were 2-0 up at half-time and had played very well, while we’d also missed a couple of very good chances as well.
“They came out and got a goal very early in the second half and then equalised on 62 minutes.
“Aaron Jeal saved a penalty in extra-time but they scored almost straight away and added a fourth in the second half.
“I felt that we did enough to get something out of the game but there were a lot of positives for us to take from it.”
Town gave a debut to former Worthing captain Paul Kennett and it took the visitors only four minutes to go ahead. Matt Dodd beat the Crowborough keeper to the ball to head home Rob Hare’s cross.
Steyning doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Lewis Levoi scored at the second attempt from Chad Milner’s cross.
Milner could have added a third but was denied by the feet of the Crowborough keeper when through one-on-one.
Ryan Warr also fired wide from 12 yards, while Crowborough twice hit the woodwork in the opening 45 minutes.
A mix-up between Jeal and Sam Smith allowed Crows’ Khalid Mwambakale to get a goal back on 47 minutes.
Town could have restored their two-goal lead but Levoi headed just wide from close range and Crowborough levelled through Morgan Steadman on 62 minutes.
The tie went to extra-time and Jeal saved a Sam Carrington penalty, before Connor Charlton gave the hosts the lead in the first period.
Damarli Morrison netted Crowborough’s fourth in the second period, before the home side had a late fifth disallowed.
STEYNING: Jeal; Hare, Smith, Kennett, Parsons; Early, Dodd, Boxall, Towse; Levoi, Chad Milner. Subs: Warr, Harding (Smith, Boxall 66), Kilner-Brown (Levoi 90).