Eastbourne Borough FC - The Sports

Wings Win At Boro

by Lee Peskett

An early penalty decision set the tone as Boro lost to play-off chasing Welling.

Borough: Walker, Hamilton-Omole (Brinkhurst 71), Cole, Smart (Mason 75), Lacey, Rowe, Johnson, Anderson, Watson (Remy 53), Hart, Ademeno

Subs: Charman, Austin

Att: 751


Welling sprung a surprise with the inclusion of goalkeeper Jamie Turner in goal for the ill Craig Holloway, Borough making their own changes with Ademeno starting alongside gary hart and Ben Watson.

Welling began the game brightly having the majority of possession but there was little to suggest the visitors would take an early lead, gifted by the referee awarding a penalty as Lee Clarke flicked the ball on inside the box which deflected a Boro hand, Mr. O’Brien pointinmg to the spot. Joe Healy stepped up to calmly finish to make it 1-0 the Wings, Boro players, fans and Management incensed and frustrated in equal measure.

Sports fans were to see little change from The Man In Black with a questionable decision as Hart ran into Martin after a good through ball from midfield, the visitors awarded a free-kick.

Welling doubled their lead as Obersteller found Healy at the back post. The midfielder chipped the ball back across the goal to find an unmarked Pires onside to head the ball in for 2-0.

The game could have been so different as Boro almost pulled one back, playing the ball around on the edge of the box and after Hart played a ball across the box, Johnson launched himself producing a great effort which cannoned off the post.

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After a spate of deliveries into the Wings’ box – one of which was headed off line by Martin from a corner – the vistors counter-attacked. The ball was played to the onrushing Pires but he was denied his second by an excellent save from Mitchell Walker.

Eastbourne responded two minutes later as Ademeno cut in from the left through the middle but his shot was straight at Turner and the goalkeeper was forced into a good save to deny Anderson just before half time.

A minute after the restart, Parkinson should have made the game safe for The Wings with a free header at the back post but he put it wide from five yards out.

The Sports looked for a way back into the match with a more direct approach then the first half and were growing in confidence since Welling were unable to hold onto the ball. They sensed a way back into the game but on 72 minutes, they gifted the match to the Welling.

Lacey hesitated on the edge of the box allowing Baker to hustle him into a mistake. Pires latched onto the loose ball and this time made no mistake one on one to make it 3-0.

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