Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington felt sorry for his matchwinner after Nat Pinney was sent off in tonight’s Parafix Sussex Senior Cup final.

Pinney scored the only goal as Borough beat Worthing 1-0 in the Amex.

But he was dismissed in the 90th minute for a second bookable offence after appearing to kick the ball away.

Widdrington said: “It is a real shame (the sending off) because I can guarantee Nat would have got man-of-the-match.

“For the people who run the competition to change their mind and give it to a defender on a team that have just lost a cup final, I find that remarkable.

“He got his initial yellow card wrong because it was two yards in front of me, He slid and won the ball. If he deserves to be sent off for two minor offences like that, the game is wrong. It spoils a fantastic night for the lad. He scored the winning goal and by a million miles he was the best player on the pitch and I’m delighted he is going to be with us for a little bit longer.”