Eastbourne Borough Development Centre In Action
The U14/15 squad hosted Surrey League and County Cup Winners Epsom Eagles at Priory Lane prior to the 1st XI fixture v Welling United.
From the whistle the 14’s were put under pressure from a very well organised Epsom side whose aim was to press and deny Boro time to get into a passing rhythm. Despite the pressure Boro coped very well and defended brilliantly with the 5 man midfield proving difficult for Epsom to break down.
Although Epsom dominated possession for long periods Boro always looked a threat on the counter attack moving the ball quickly to leave Epsom outnumbered in defence at times. Boro took the lead from a corner on 30 minutes when James Stone scrambled the ball over the line. Boro were denied a second soon after from the athleticism of the Epsom keeper who tipped the ball just over the bar.
Epsom played some excellent two touch football, however despite some excellent flowing moves they couldn’t make it count as Boro defended with great determination. Boro could have gone further ahead after Clemence Sakala broke through the Epsom defence at pace to find himself one on one with the Epsom keeper. The keeper did well to force Sakala wide only to shoot into the side netting. Boro tired in the last 15 minutes and the defence dropped deeper and the midfield struggled to stay compact. Gaps and space opened up and Epsom exploited this with three well taken goals in quick succession.
The score line was harsh on a young sports side who put in a battling performance.