Selsey progressed into the second round of the league cup after Rob Wimble’s early goal secured a 1-0 victory over Broadbridge Heath.
The game had all the hallmarks of last season’s tie, which saw Selsey drop out of the competition with a 1-0 away loss to the Horsham-based team.
However this time the Blues got the the better of the division-two outfit with a sixth-minute goal from Wimble, who subtly converted Dan Heggarty’s left-wing cross from close range.
The goal shook up Broadbridge and they sprang into the game in the second half following a tactical change by manager Steve Painter.
Despite coming under pressure, Selsey went closest to doubling their lead late on when Ryan Morey broke free of the Broadbridge defence. The winger went one-on-one with keeper James Fisher but was denied by an impressive save from the 30-year-old.
Selsey manager Adam Hinshelwood was pleased with the result but conceded there was still a lot to do, saying: “Obviously I’m pleased we got the win but it wasn’t the most convincing of displays - there is still plenty of work to before this weekend.
“Sometimes in the cup it’s all about the result but I would have liked to have made the most of some of the chances we had and won a bit more convincingly.
“In the first half we were controlling the game but at 1-0 you are always worried they might get one back. We’ll have to work hard in training this week.”
Selsey have not enjoyed the best start to this season’s campaign with just four points from their first four matches - but with two wins from the past two games, things are looking up for the Blues.
Attention now turns to an FA Vase tie against fellow division-one outfit Littlehampton on Saturday.
The Marigolds have had a slightly better start to the season and are ninth but Hishelwood believes his side have a good chance: “They are a good team and they’ve picked up a few good players this season but hopefully we can give them a good test.
“It’s a massive game for the club because of the financial rewards obviously, but it will also boost morale particularly as it will be our third game unbeaten.”