Eastbourne Borough FC - The Sports

Washout at the Lane

by Bradley Sharp

A 96th minute Craig Watkins goal proved too much for Borough as the side suffered their second heart-breaking loss in a matter of days.

By Bradley Sharp

Borough went into the game still suffering with heartbreak from their crushing midweek FA Cup exit at the hands of Hendon. Domestically however, both teams have been struggling, Borough sitting 19th in the Blue Square South with their Surrey visitors one place below, having also played the extra fixture.

The match started almost perfectly for Borough and the home side where awarded a soft penalty when Sutton keeper Tom Lovelock fouled David Knight as the striker dribbled towards the goal. Last week’s man of the match Chris Shephard stood up to take the penalty but the left footed blast was saved fantastically low to the keepers left.

But then after only 10 minutes played on the clock the weather became the main talking point, rain and hailstones descended upon the lane and alongside the strong cross breeze made the conditions almost unplayable.

The visiting side provided the only other attempts at breaking the deadlock. Simon Downer narrowly missing a volley from an in-swinging corner before Harry Beautyman scuffed wide a neat cutback from midfielder Watkins. And in the additional minute played for the first half Beautyman missed again, this time a close range header looping wide of the Borough goal after Craig Dundas’ shot was deflected across goal.

The second half started off slowly for both teams with little in the way of action. The only chances falling for Craig Dundas who had a low shot saved after a weak finish. Borough fought back with Ben Shephard who had a 59th minute free-kick tipped over the bar from the Sutton keeper.

The second half was very much uneventful up until the end of the match where Sutton put great pressure on the Borough goal. The Sports seemed to hold on but with the 6 additional minutes, for Charlie Gorman’s injury of which he had to be stretchered off for, the hosts where truly holding on for the point.

But much like during the mid-week FA Cup tie at Hendon, a late 96th minute broke the hearts of the Borough faithful and destined the side to another league defeat. Captain Ollie Rowe deflected a Kyle Vassell shot in to the path of Craig Watkins who graciously slid the ball into Borough goal. Heartbreak.

Borough slip to 21st in Blue Square South having only Truro City, the side who were deducted 10 points at the start of the season, rooted at the bottom of the league.

Borough XI: Jordan, Hamilton, Cole, Adelsbury, Rowe ©, Uddin (Paul 90), Johnson, Gorman (Adams 65), Knight (Remy 77), Lok, Shephard

Unused Subs: Noone, Hart

Cards: Cole

Goals: None

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Sutton United XI: Lovelock, Stuart ©, Gwillim, Old, Downer, Kavanagh (Rents 62) , Riviere, Watkins, Beautyman (Ottoway 77), Payne (Vassell 53)

Unused Subs: Tefler, Shaw

Cards: None

Goals: Watkins

Ref: Mr D Cook

Attendance: 618

MOM, sponsored by Help For Heroes: Ben Adelsbury

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