The Rocks booked their place in the final by edging past Brighton & Hove Albion under-21’s last night with a penalty shoot-out victory at Culver Road.

Despite revelling in promotion, supporters will doubt have somewhat missed the derby matches this season – despite losing in the league at Woodside Road, bragging rights were restored with two victories in quick succession at Nyewood Lane.

Ollie Pearce struck twice against his former club to set up a 3-1 league win in last December 2021, then just three weeks later a 2-0 win secure a passage to last season’s Sussex Senior Cup semi final.

Standing in the Rebels way of a second successive appearance in the final are Hastings United. The two sides face off at Culver Road next Wednesday.

To progress Adam Hinshelwood will have to make use of the entire squad with a league fixture at Cheshunt taking place just 24 hours earlier.

The Sussex County FA have confirmed the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup Final will take place at the American Express Community Stadium on Thursday 11 May.