Eastbourne Borough FC - The Sports

EASTBOURNE BOROUGH v WELLING UNITED - JOHN ULLMAN CUP

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Next up in cup competitions after the disappointing FA Youth Cup exit was a very tough draw against last season's finalists Welling United in the John Ullman Cup.

Borough were going into the game as the underdogs but quickly showed they are not to be underestimated, coming out of the blocks flying and going two up within the opening 8 minutes.

The first goal came after just 3 minutes with Patrick Johnson whipping in a free kick to the back post for Matt Maynard to head in. The second came from a long ball upfield from George Legg in goal which caught the Welling defence off guard allow George Robinson to run through off goal, hold of his man and slot past the keeper.

Welling clearly seeing the game start to slip away from them, upped their game and started seeing a lot more of the ball and got the quick response they were looking for. After Borough failed to clear the ball around the left back area the Welling player picked the ball up and burst into the box, beating a despairing last ditch tackle and then blasting in.

The score stayed the same for the remainder of the half with both teams playing some good football despite the appalling weather. But towards the end of the half it was clear that both Connor Sidwell and George Robinson two of Boro's best performers were suffering and unfortunately had to both be substituted at half time with sickness bugs.

With being a goal up there was still a lot to be optimistic about, but Welling seemed to really up their game in the second half, and it soon became one way traffic and within 15 minutes had taken the lead. Their equaliser coming as they reacted quicker to a loose ball to tap in after a fantastic save from George Legg, then tapping in from a drilled cross from the right hand side.

Welling kept coming looking for more and on the 78th minute got the goal of the game with their player chipping George with a delightful finish from inside the box.

Whilst it was disappointing to lose the game after going two up, I don't think the boys performance could be faulted and they put in one hell of a shift against a very very good Welling side.

They may now be out of two cup competitions there are still two more to come starting with a home game against Steyning on the 7th October in the League Cup.

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