Whitehawk manager Jude Macdonald says Lucas Rodrigues has a bright future ahead of him after he starred in their 2-1 win over Barton Rovers in the FA Trophy.

The Hawks booked their place in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy, after first half goals from Henry Muggeridge and Rodrigues.

Barton did pull one back in the second half through Dean Dummett, but it was not enough to stop the Hawks going through.

The 22-year-old Brazilian forward has scored two goals and got an assist already this season.

And Macdonald says it’s hard to describe how important Rodrigues is to his side.

He said: “He is absolutely enormous for us. Lucas is so good, there are not many superlatives I can use to describe him because I don’t think they would do him justice.

“He is above the level that is clear. I was surprised that more clubs did not come in for him over the summer.

“And the clubs that did come in for him, I think he can do better than.

“My encouragement to him was to stay because knowing how well he could do hopefully he could go higher than the clubs that come in for him in the summer.

“He is absolutely massive and fingers crossed I think if he keeps working hard he has got a very bright future ahead of him.”

Whitehawk, Hastings, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead will find out who they face in the draw today.

Eastbourne Borough continued their impressive start to the season with a 1-1 against Chelmsford at Priory Lane.

The Sports took the lead in the 32nd minute, after Kai Innocent’s cross found Chris Whelpdale who headed in against his former club, to score his third goal of the season.

However, Chelmsford equalised seven minutes later after Chez Issac played a crossfield ball to Adam Morgan, who volleyed home from just inside the box.

The point means Borough sit tenth in the National League South after three games.

Worthing remain top of the Isthmian Premier on goal difference, after their 3-1 win at Margate.

Richard Afrane-Kesey put the hosts ahead in the 30th minute after Cameron Tutt tried to intercept a through ball from Archie Burnett, but he could divert the ball into the winger’s path, who fired beyond Roco Rees.

With five minutes left of the first half, the Rebels levelled the game, after some great work from Ollie Pearce, who evaded multiple challenges before passing the ball to Mo Diallo and he finished to scored his third goal in two games.

Worthing took the lead in first half stoppage time after Reece Meekums cross fell to Ricky Aguiar, who slotted the ball home.

Dayshonne Golding put the game to bed in the 53rd minute, after he got on the end of Pearce’s cross and slotted the ball home.

Saturday’s scores: Vanarama National League South: Eastbourne 1-1 Chelmsford.

PitchingIn Isthmian Premier: Bognor 4-0 East Thurrock, Horsham 4-0 Brightlingsea, Margate 1-3 Worthing, Potters Bar 1-1 Lewes.

FA Trophy second qualifying round: Burgess Hill 2-0 Ware, Hastings 3-0 FC Romania, Haywards Heath 1-4 Welwyn Garden City, Sittingbourne 0-1 East Grinstead, Whitehawk 2-1 Barton Rovers.

Southern Combination Premier: Crawley Down 1-3 Saltdean, Eastbourne Town 3-1 Lancing, Hassocks, 0-8 Horley, Lingfield 5-0 East Preston, Little Common 2-0 Horsham YMCA, Loxwood 2-1 Peacehaven & Tels, Newhaven 2-0 Alfold, Pagham 2-0 AFC Uckfield, Steyning Town 5-0 Eastbourne United.

Division One: Arundel 1-2 Worthing United, Hailsham 3-3 Billingshurst, Midhurst & Ease 2-3 Bexhill, Roffey 1-2 AFC Varndeanians, Seaford Town 2-1 Oakwood, Shoreham 1-2 Littlehampton Town, Storrington 0-3 Selsey, Wick 5-2 Mile Oak.

Division Two: Brighton Electricity 3-3 Jarvis Brook, Copthorne 3-2 Bosham, Littlehampton United 2-1 Rustington, Montpelier Villa 2-2 Worthing Town, Rottingdean 1-6 Upper Beeding, St Francis Rangers 2-0 Ferring, TD Shipley 4-0 Charlwood.