Chichester City’s Matt Wright says he is “over the moon” as the club sealed a spot in the Sussex County Cup final for the first time in five years.
The Oaklands Park side inflicted a first defeat of a season on Crawley Wasps to give themselves a shot at silverware.
A first goal for the club by Tiff Taylor and a late penalty from Joss Lewry sealed the 2-1 win against a team who play in one league below National Premier South side Chi.
Wright, who stepped in as manager for the day as Aaron Smith was absent due to illness, said: “I’m over the moon for everyone at the club. A lot of work and time and effort went into putting out a performance like that.
“The girls really stepped up, which was fantastic to see.
“We haven’t really fired on all cylinders for a little while but against Crawley we were good and dug in. We stayed on the front foot all the time, we pressured them and made them work hard. We wanted the place in that final.”
Chi will have to wait a while for their big day out as the final is not due to be played until March 21 at Lancing FC with Brighton & Hove Albion or Lewes the opponents. Before then, City have a home against Milton Keynes Dons in the league on Sunday (2pm).
Wright said: “We’ve had a couple of years out of the competition. It’s a great night out and we’ve had some great finals, we’ve won some and lost some and we’re all really excited for that evening.”