There was penalty heartache for Burgess Hill on Tuesday night as they were dumped out of the League Cup by Bognor at a chilly Leylands Park.
It was cruel on Hillians, who more than matched their Ryman Premier visitors in a goalless 90 minutes before crashing out to the lottery of spot kicks.
Ian Chapman’s side were the more composed of the two sides in a first half of few chances.
Hillians’ best came on 32 minutes when Ryan Thompson sent Pat Harding through only for Tom Boyle to rush out and block his shot with his weaker left foot.
The visitors meanwhile were largely reduced to a couple of long-range efforts from striker Mu Mann.
Bognor started the second half brightly, Hillians stopper Mark Zawadski tipping Lewis Stockford’s shot on the run over and then brilliantly saving a Connor Cody header destined for the far corner.
Jonno Melia combined with Harding well all night and hit two good chances straight at Boyle under pressure, while the Rocks keeper denied Harding again when played through by Thompson before the Hillians striker struck the crossbar with a curling shot from the left.
Hillians survived a double scare when a corner was headed off the line and Zawadski tipped a follow-up effort onto the bar, and sub Ollie Pearce missed a late Bognor chance as it finished 0-0 and went straight to penalties.
Curtis Gaylor, Darren Budd and Max Miller were all on target for the hosts. But with each side missing one of their kicks Toby Pointing - who was rock solid all night at centre back - saw his decisive fifth penalty saved by Boyle to put Bognor through to Round 3.
This Saturday Hillians are away at Walton Casuals in the Ryman South
Hillians (4-5-1): Zawadski; Watts, Fisk, Pointing, Phillips; Budd, Thompson, Gayler, Melia (Miller 70), Burgiel (Donaldson 70); Harding (Hitchcock 79).