Eastbourne Borough FC - The Sports

18's v Newhaven

by JAN FIELD

After Thursday's dissapointing early exit from the FA Youth Cup, it was off to Newhaven in the league.

Going into the match Eastbourne Borough and Newhaven were placed 1st and 2nd in the league table respectively. so this was quite possibly going to be the toughest league match so far.

The squad were without both Connor Jones and Ryan Craig through injuries sustained in the previous match. George Legg who had played in goal for the reserves the day before, keeping a clean sheet in a 4-0 win was missing also, so Edan Shelley made his first appearance this season in goal.

Eastbourne had the better of the early game, keeping most of the possesion but both teams were struggling with loose passing on the soaking wet pitch and neither really creating any clear goal scoring opportunities until Jake Marsh picked up the ball in midfield and went on a run, beating a handfull of Newhaven players before crashing a shot against the post. Newhaven had a good opportunity themselves with a long ball down the middle setting their striker free but good work from Edan in goal snuffed out the chance.

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The big talking point of the match came about 30 minutes in with Newhaven having their striker sent off for what appeared from the sidelines to be a very harsh red card for repeated back chatting to the ref. With Newhaven down to 10 men Boro started to exert further pressure and grabbed the only goal of the game shortly before half time, with Clayton Holford tapping in after the keeper has spilled Jake's shot at his feet.

The second half was more of the same with Boro having all the possesion but struggling to do anything meaningful in the final third in the dreadful conditions. Newhaven caused a couple of late scares for Boro, with set pieces but overall it was a fairly comfortable 1-0 victory for the lads.

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