Tonight we welcome the players, officials and supporters of Littlehampton Town to The Crouch as we continue our Sussex Transport Senior Cup campaign.
Goals from Josh Wright, Matt Ford and George Davis saw Town overcome East Preston 3-0 in the last round of the competition, setting up what is now our fifth meeting with higher-division opponents this season. Here's all you need to know:
Since the two sides last met, it's been nothing but success on the Marigolds' front. Back to back promotions from Division One to Isthmian South East, a league and cup treble in 2021/22, and an unforgettable trip to Wembley in the final of the FA Vase have underlined what has been an historic period in the club's history. Despite the loss to Newport Pagnell in the 2022 Wembley final, The Golds made history in becoming the first ever Sussex club to reach the final of the FA Vase.
The 2022/23 season, their first ever at Isthmian level, saw Littlehampton solidify their place in the fourth tier of Non-League, finishing twelth in the South East Division amongst the likes of Lancing, Burgess Hill Town and eventual playoff winners Whitehawk.
The last time Seaford faced Littlehampton in competitive football was in October 2020, when the two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at The Sportsfield in the SCFL Division One. Seaford goals from Jack Langford and Charlie Morley were cancelled out in the closing stages, with a late equaliser from Lucas Pattenden denying Town what would have been their first league win of the season.
While Seaford have never won the Sussex Senior Cup in its history, tonight's opponents have done so on two occasions, with final victories over Southwick in 1949 and Worthing in 1970.
Last season's iteration of the cup saw Seaford exit at the first time of asking with a 2-0 home defeat to Eastbourne Town, while Littlehampton were eventually seen off in the quarter-finals after a 3-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.