Eastbourne Borough FC - The Sports

Hart provides little consolation as Magpies run ragged

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Gary Hart’s second half volley was not enough as Dorchester Town score four to make it six straight wins.

Borough: Masters, Baker (Crabb 76), Cole, Smart (Camara 76), Rowe, Austin (Capt), Brinkhurst, Johnson, Watson, Hart, Treleaven

Unused Subs: Elphick, Charman, Rook

Goals: Hart 67

Attendance: 564

By Bradley Sharp



A cold, glum Priory Lane was the venue as Borough looked to do the double over this Dorset outfit and move up to 13th in the Blue Square South putting the side on positive goal difference. The visitors however, were looking for a sixth successive win and keeps dreams of promotion very much alive.

Possession was very much even during the first quarter of an hour; Gary Hart coming the closest to breaking the deadlock but was unable to convert an in-swinging Ross Treleaven cross from no more than six yards. The only shot on target in the opening exchanges was from Dorchester; Steve Delvin’s long ranged left footed effort produced little worries for Clark Masters in the Borough goal.

But it wasn’t long before the away side took the lead; a Delvin corner was spilt by Masters before a long scramble in the Borough box ending with striker Rico Wilson prodding the ball home.
The Sports defence was clearly shaky and it was only a matter of minutes before the visitors extended their lead to 2-0. Tom Nicholls fouled clumsily in the penalty area by Sam Cole, leaving the striker to convert low to the keeper’s right.

The second half started off much slower and neither side could produce any clear chances, however the game sprung in to life in the 66th minute when Wilson broke into the Borough box and unleashed a shot which proved too much for Masters who was only able to parry straight into the path of Nick Crittenden who had the simplest of finishes.

With the score at 3-0 to Dorchester the home supporter’s disgruntled voices became more evident. But Ben Watson on the left hand side had other ideas, beating the defending before neatly crossing to Treleaven who chested down to Hart who volleyed low into the corner of the net. The goal coming just one minute after the one previous. The start of an emphatic comeback? Perhaps not.

The away side struck again in the 80th minute, Nathan Walker rose highest in a crowded box to blast home a. This gave the Magpies a three goal lead and concluded the scoring at 4-1 to Dorchester.

A bad day at the office for Borough who will look to bounce back with a trip to Tonbridge next week before a Sussex Cup 4th round time at Lewes.

Other Blue Square South Results

Sutton United 1 1 Thurrock
Truro City 0 2 Chelmsford City
Weston-Super-Mare 2 0 Welling United Att. 422
Woking 3 2 Bromley
Havant & Waterlooville 2 1 Maidenhead United
Farnborough 4 0 Boreham Wood
Dover Athletic Hampton & Richmond Borough
Eastbourne Borough 1 4 Dorchester Town
Eastleigh Salisbury City
Dartford Basingstoke Town