THE WHITE Tigers made progress in the Buildbase FA Trophy with a third round qualifying victory at Lewes by three goals to one.
It was a scrappy start to proceedings with no real flow to the game. There were a number of early bookings with Chris Todd and Jamie Richards seeing yellow for City and James Hammond having his name taken for the home side.
A free-kick for the home side was delivered dangerously into the area but headed just wide at the far post whilst a first foray for The White Tigers ended with an effort from Stewart Yetton being dragged wide.
After Niall Thompson became the latest player to be booked, we took the initiative with two goals in the space of a minute just before the half-hour mark.
Firstly, a free-kick found its way to Richards whose effort deflected into the path of Todd who found the net.
Just seconds later, Tyler Harvey was played through and he stayed cool to lift the ball over the advancing ‘keeper to double our advantage.
It left our hosts shell-shocked and worse was to follow for them as half-time approached when Richards seized upon a loose ball in the middle of the park before finding Yetton who in turn played in Rocky Neal and he was able to guide the ball home to make it 3-0.
Whilst not being fully in our stride, we found ourselves well in command. However, the home side were able to pull a goal back just before the break when Billy Medlock won a free-kick on the edge of the area and he stepped up to fire home with a low strike that took a deflection to beat Tom McHale.
We started the second period well as some good work out wide from Thompson ended with his cross find Harvey who beat the ‘keeper only to see his attempt hit the woodwork.
The home side pushed for a way back into the game and a pull-back from the by-line almost saw them find the net as a strike at the far post flew over.
Stewart Yetton became the fourth City player to see yellow as we started to up the pressure late on whilst looking solid at the back to keep the home side, who have just one League defeat to their name all season, at bay.
In the end we proved to be worthy winners to take our place in the first round proper.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Thompson, Hartridge, Palmer, Todd, Richards, Copp, Yetton (Lamont), Neal, Harvey, Allen. Subs not used: Keats, Palfrey, Riley-Lowe.