JOHN Sussex was left overjoyed as Basildon United went into the hat for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 win over Isthmian North rivals Coggeshall Town.

Although Ugo Udoji put Coggeshall ahead at the Cousins Car Wash Stadium, Adam Vyse and Joe Paxman were on target to secure the Bees’ passage through to the next stage of the competition.

And Basildon boss Sussex was pleased to see his players react after three successive losses.

Sussex said: “We really needed to win after three defeats on the trot.

“From the four most recent games, Coggeshall were the best team we have played and it was great to beat them.

“They are a very good footballing side and we changed our tactics a bit to accommodate that.

“The change in system seemed to work on the day and it shows we have another option going forward.

“Coggeshall hit the post in the first half and then struck the post in the second half, but the lads stuck to the gameplan we had put in place and I was very pleased.

“It was a very enjoyable afternoon for us.”

Coggeshall went in search of an early opener as Michael Gyasi struck the post.

And the visitors were to break the deadlock as Ugo Udoji got his name on the scoresheet.

However, Coggeshall’s lead lasted just two minutes as Basildon found a quickfire leveller.

Summer signing Vyse was in the right place at the right time to deflect Nathan Okoye’s attempt into the back of the net.

And the Bees ensured they would triumph as Paxman grabbed what proved to be the winner just after the hour mark.

Vyse reached the byline before squaring for Paxman to tap home from close range.

And Sussex felt his side performed admirably as they were made to contend with large spells of the tie out of possession.

Sussex, who took charge of the Bees in March, added: “They had a lot of the ball but we had as many chances and looked quite comfortable.

“It was a very close match that could have gone either way.

“It was satisfying to see the gameplan pay off.

“Someone told me after the game that this is the furthest the club has gone in the FA Cup in 21 years, so that makes me proud as well.

“We will now look forward to the next round of the competition and it’s great to have gone through.”