Home debutant Frankie Raymond scored the only goal as Eastbourne Borough claimed all three points at home to Eastleigh on Saturday.
By Bradley Sharp
Borough went into the game with an improving run of form, having taken all three points following a visit to AFC Hornchurch last week. The hosts previously had only picked up 13 points from 12 games, scoring one less goal than games itself.
The visitors, Eastleigh, however, were on a good run of form having beaten Staines at home before taking a point at third in the table Chelmsford last weekend. The Spitfires also had good news off the pitch, managing to secure the services of Gillingham keeper Ross Flitney on a one month loan deal.
The match started off well for the visiting team and they nearly took the lead in the 8th minute. Craig McAllister rose headed in a Damian Scannell cross, the goal, however, ruled out for a push on Joeseph Day, the on loan Peterborough player in goal for Borough.
The home side looked second best for much of the first half, finding it difficult to play into the heavy wind blowing down the pitch. However it was Borough who had the best chance to open the scoring. Captain Ollie Rowe rose highest from a Chris Shephard corner only to head the chance straight at Flitney in the Easteigh goal.
The second half started much brighter for the home side and they broke the deadlock in the 48th minute. Former Reading midfielder Frankie Raymond poked the ball in the net following an intense scramble in the Spitfires box.
Eastleigh managed to create few chances to get the equaliser, but the partnership of Scannell and McAllister looked dangerous throughout. The pair linking in the 78th minute, when Scannell’s in-swinging cross was headed inches over by McAllister.
With five minutes remaining Eastleigh manager Richard Hill bought on top scorer Moses Ademola in the hope of grabbing a deserved equaliser, but it was the home side that should’ve double their lead with the final attack of the match. David Knight made the most of the broken field, running from deep inside his own half before standing the ball up at the at the far post for Darren Lok, the substitute unable to convert the simple header.
A massive three points for Borough, that sees the Sports climb to 15th in the table, ahead of a midweek visit to strugglers Basingstoke Town. As for Eastleigh, who sit one place higher in the Blue Square South, they face a tough game at home to Bath City.
Borough XI: Day, Hamilton, Cole, Adelsbury, Rowe ©, Uddin, Johnson (Lok 68), Raymond, Knight, Hart (Remy 28),Shephard (Noone 48)
Unused Subs: Watts, Jordan
Goals: Raymond 48
EastleighXI: Flitney, Sankofa, Green, Hughes, Jordan, Mills, Scannell, Southam, McAllister, Reason, Binns
Unused Subs: Nelson, Everitt, Forbes, Dovey
Ref: Mr C Fitch
M.O.M (Sponsored by Domsalla Building Services): Raymond
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