There will be no hat-trick for Albion in the Sussex Senior Cup.

Instead Bognor could lift the trophy for the first time in 32 years.

The fledgling Seagulls were hammered 5-1 by Jack Pearce's side in tonight's semi-final at the Sussex FA's Culver Road headquarters in Lancing.

They were 2-0 down in five minutes, three behind in 14, as Bognor left their poor league form behind to reach the final against Burgess Hill at the Amex next month.

It's a fitting reward for long-serving Pearce, one of the great characters of Sussex football, and a measure of revenge in the competition for Bognor.

They have been runners-up five times since lifting the trophy in 1987, Albion defeating them on three of those occasions.

Harvey Whyte, Bradley Lethbridge, Leon Maloney, a Billy Collings own goal and sub Jimmy Wild scored for Bognor. Haydon Roberts replied for Albion.