Five-star EP seal another shock cup success

Dan Huet netted in East Preston's victory last night
Dan Huet netted in East Preston's victory last night

East Preston Football Club made it two cup victories in just four days with a 5-3 home victory over division-higher Crawley Down Gatwick on Tuesday.

Jared Rance bagged a brace and strikes from Hayden Hunter, Dan Huet and Lukas Franzen-Jones saw EP follow up their fine FA Cup win on Saturday.

East Preston boss Bob Paine was delighted with the second-round victory and said: “The lads have been excellent and this great run continues. It was another higher-level opposition but we performed really well.”

Dan Huet slotted EP ahead after two minutes but Lee Thomas levelled seven minutes later. A manic first quarter was completed as Rance got his first on 11 minutes before Kerran Boylan made it 2-2 soon afterwards.

Hunter ensured EP led at the break with his 35th-minute effort, before Franzen-Jones added a fourth three minutes after the break.

Oliver Leslie’s spot-kick meant a nervy last 30 minutes but Rance’s strike in stoppage-time ensured EP’s progress.

EAST PRESTON: Punter; Josh Parazo, Lyne, John, Jacob Parazo; Rance, Frazen-Jones, Hallett, Barnes; Hunter, Huet. Subs: Hardman (Frazen-Jones), Witten (Huet), Smith, Beaney, Purkis.