Eastbourne Borough : Banks Y, Charman, Cole, Smart, Rowe, Elphick, Brinkhurst, Johnson, Hutchinson, Hart (Camara 86), Crabb
Unused Subs : Watson, Strevett, Rook, Norris
Goal(s): OG (1 min), Crabb (9 min), Hutchinson (45 min)
Boro entertained Boreham Wood following a decent performance but disappointiung result away at title chasing Woking the
previous Saturday. A mid week rest had allowed players to recover and also the injured to continue their recovery,
Gary Charman starting in place of the suspended Darren Baker
The Sports have been guilty of conceeding early goals, this week, against the strong west wind, it was Boro who had the
great start, Matt crabb seeing his free-kick flicked past ex Sport Michael Jordan in the vistors goal for 1-0 in the opening
minute. It wasn't long before Crabb, who would put in an MOM performance, would get his name on the score sheet as a Charman throw
was flicked on by Gary Hart
, Crabb controlling the ball and sweeping home for 2-0.
The vistors appeared all at sea, even with the stroing wind, Inih Effiong the only player in all white who provided any sort of threat.
Boro continued to play the better football and the deserved 3rd came just on the stroke of half-time. Crabb again involved as
his corner was headed powerfully home by Hutchinson, 3-0 and Sports well on top.
The script said 3 goals up at home, 2nd 45 with the wind, more goals for Boro. But the opposition, and Boro themselves,
paid no attention and it was the vistors who would win the half. Boro started well with a fine move seeing Sam Cole
draw a fine save from Jordan, but then Boro failed to clear their lines and on 57 minutes Luke Wilkinson scored from inside
the 18 yard box for what appeared a consolation.
'Crabby' brushed another free-kick just past the woodwork before the match took a difficult turn for Boro. Sub Simeon Akinola
sprung the offside trap and touched the ball past the diving Banks, contact made by the Boro stopper and a penalty the
result and thankfully a Yellow card only. Banks made a great low save to his left but half-time sub Ollie Palmer, who
appeared a few yards inside the box as the penalty was struck, swept home the rebound for 3-2.
Would Boreham Wood throw all bar the proverbial kitchen sink at Boro ? A late David Bryant effort over the bar was the only drama,
Jordan making point blanks saves from Elphick and Hutchinson, the score stuck at 3-2 and the points in the bag for Boro.