Coach Jack Millard has praised his side's desire as Bognor U18s kept their FA Youth Cup dream alive thanks to heroics from keeper Jake Miles in a dramatic penalty shootout victory at South Park.
The sudden-death triumph on Monday night in Reigate means the young Rocks will now head to Three Bridges in the first qualifying round in the week commencing September 16. And Millard said of the win: "I was very impressed with the fitness levels and the way we played as well as the great desire we showed. In the second half we upped the tempo to dominate the game and created numerous chances to win the match and ultimately got a well-deserved victory."
The hosts took the lead after 20 minutes but the visitors were undeterred by the setback and fought tooth and nail to get back into the game. And they succeeded in making the breakthrough just before the interval when Bradley Stroud pounced to make it 1-1.
The stalemate couldn't be broken by either side in the 90 minutes and the game was decided on spot-kicks. Miles saved two from the spot and with BenTaylor, Monrow Hector, Bradley Stroud and Ollie Hawkins all tucking away their efforts the young Rocks snatched passage to the next round.