Eastbourne Borough FC - The Sports

Under 18's first league game of the season.

by JAN FIELD

After a very encouraging preseason for the boys, it was finally time to get down to business with the first league game of the season.

Eastbourne started the game quite slowly and were perhaps lucky not to go behind within the first 5 minutes, but it wasn't long before they started to dominate possession and soon took the lead themselves after nice work from George "Robbo" Robinson put Bright Valentino through on goal to blast past the keeper. Soon after the same combination put Borough 2 up.

After laying on the first 2 goals, Robbo got his name on the scoresheet with the best goal of the game with an outrageous shot from long range which seemed for all in attendance to be flying over the bar dipping just in time to settle into the back of the net.

Borough at this point were completely dominating the game and it just seemed to be a matter of how many could they score and they soon found themselves 5 up after a quick double from preseasons top scorer Ryan Craig, first hammering the ball past the keeper from just inside the area, then rounding the keeper and slotting past the covering defender on the line.

With the half time whistle approaching there was still time for Ryan to burst into the box after a run down the left wing to cut the ball back for captain Pat Johnson to score a well deserved goal.

Being honest I was expecting Eastbourne to pick up where they had finished with a flurry of further goals in the second half but Uckfield produced a vastly improved second half performance which they should be proud of and after a contentious decision where it seemed George Legg in goal had been fouled when catching the ball, the Uckfield right winger pounced on the lose ball to pall one back.

With the game won in the first half it was understandable that the Eastbourne lads would take their foot of the gas slightly and this coupled with Uckfields improvement limited Boro's goal scoring chances but after not being able to make the most of a couple of half chances Bright finished of his fine performance with a nice run beating the offside trap to complete his hatrick.

So far so good in the league and with next weekends game at home to Sidley who themselves conceded 7 goals today, the players should be confident of making it 2 for 2. But first up there is Thursday nights home game against Sittingbourne in the FA Youth Cup and with the prospect of a match up against some of the best teams in the country in the later rounds the boys will be hopeful to get a good result.

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