Brighton and Hove's veterans made history at the Sussex Cup finals earlier this month by claiming their sixth successive win in the competition. Only East Grinstead have managed that feat in the past and after BHHC's narrow 2-1 win over Worthing in an exciting final at Hurstpierpoint College captain Carlo Missirian was justifiably proud, particularly after being without several regulars.
"With losing four first team players to injury and unavailability - Kev, Gaz, Dickie B and Russ -normally this would have been too much of a loss," said Carlo. "However the depth, belief and strength of this squad was stretched to the limit. Worthing also brought a strong squad and were desperate to fare well in their first vets final with a couple of very strong young 'uns!
"A brilliant game to watch but we ground out the last 15 minutes to hold onto the cup we have grown to love so much. Both Neil Burlinson and Pixie, who had a half each, played well and made vital saves in each half. We did not capitalise on many chances made and all the time there was only one goal in it we were always vulnerable. The pressure was immense with the six in a row so close but sheer determination and guts got us over the line.
"It does not matter who scored, who missed, who was unavailable. What matters is this club should be proud of some living legends who made history in their day for the club over the last 20 years and now once again are carving out magical memory making and new heights of achievement. We will do our best to win a national trophy and go for the #magnificent7 in the Sussex Cup next year.
"Thanks to all the supporters - and especially to a formidable bunch of ageing but still kicking BHHC lads!"
For the record Brighton's goals came from Peds and Doc.
Updated 11:50 - 30 Apr 2019 by David Chappell