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Eastbourne Borough
Truro City
Y Odubade (13')
Full time
T Owen-Evans (31'), J Richards (35'), C Cooke (51')
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 465

Groundhog Day as Sports Lose at Home

White Tigers pounce for the points despite Borough dominance

In the United States, Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd. At Priory Lane, it is any given Saturday. Yet again, Eastbourne Borough under-performed at home in front of their long-suffering supporters, as Truro City rode away with three National South points and a 3-1 victory.

Borough's dreadful home record still leaves them nervously close to the drop zone, while City, eager and physically strong, have now won four on the spin, and are looking as good a bet as any other club in the wide-open play-off race. A post-match glance at other results gave some relief for the Sports: with Whitehawk and Bognor all but relegated, six clubs including Borough are "contesting" the final relegation place, and only Chippenham picked up points.

Frustrations with the final score aside, it was not a bad game. City's gruelling journey was rewarded not only with the result but with a generous Priory Lane welcome - including the new tradition of a second-half tannoy announcement and a warm round of applause right around the ground, for the White Tigers squad and their followers.

Individual Borough performances were modest rather than dreadful. Positioning seemed to catch Smith out on the goals; Jim Haran was the best of a back line which, ironically, had a relatively quiet afternoon; and further forward, the finishing rather than the approach work was the problem, at least at first glance.

Tactically, Borough need to work out how to tackle nine-man defences via ten-man attacks. Edwards, Pickering and in a late cameo Hendon were sometimes joining in porposefully from the full-back positions, but the supply to the strikers – themselves surrounded by defenders built like security guards – needs somehow to be cuter. There are reasons why the Sports are more potent away from home.

Borough did win the count of scoring chances by more than three to one – the reverse of the actual scoreline. But the White Tigers pounced with deadly effect in a curious match, after Eastbourne had dominated the opening stages.

The Sports could have been out of sight by the half-hour mark. They dominated the ball early on, and on 14 minutes Lloyd Dawes with a fifty yard dash sweetly set up Yemi Odubade, whose shot across keeper Tom McHale found the bottom corner.

McHale then saved fabulously from Jamie Taylor, and Dawes fizzed one just wide from a perfect position (although in fairness it was a chance he created himself, despite being tugged back illegally by centre-back Ed Palmer). Odubade's curler didn't curl quite enough and missed the top corner by inches, and Gavin McCallum's slicing run and goalbound strike was blocked for a corner.

But Truro struck lethally twice in four minutes. Tom Owen-Evans caught the home defence flat, superbly lobbing keeper Mark Smith for the 31st minute equaliser. Then from a corner Smith point-blank saved Owen-Evans' header but Jamie Richards smashed the loose ball in after some frantic pinball. And just six minutes after the break Cody Cooke caught Borough cold from a quick throw-in and a smart assist from midfield to make it 3-1.

It was to be City's last scoring chance of the afternoon, but they had done enough. The home side pressed and pressed, with strong leadership from Kane Wills and relentless running from Sergio Torres, but the damage had been done and – like so many other Priory Lane visitors – the mountainous City defenders were strong enough and canny enough to keep Borough at a safe distance.

There were glimpses of goal, but blunt or wayward finishing cost the Sports dear. Odubade, McCallum and substitute Shaun Okojie all came close, and when the effervescent Taylor pinged a final volley just wide from a dazzling build-up, the Priory Lane faithful gave a collective sigh: Groundhog Day all over again.

Borough: Smith; Pickering, Haran (Hendon 81), Ransom, Edwards; Taylor, Wills, Torres, McCallum; Dawes (Harris 53), Odubade (Okojie 67). Unused subs: Simpemba, Khinda-John.

Referee: a cheerfully competent Lloyd Wood - a little lenient in some eyes, but Lloyd kept the game flowing.
Att: 465
Borough MoM: a tough call. Jimmy Haran got a lot right, JT was tirelessly prompting. Gavin claimed the sponsors' bubbly. Kane Wills – battling for the cause - edges it for the press officer....

Key moments

13:00
Goal Yemi Odubade scores for Eastbourne Borough
31:00
Goal Tom Owen-Evans scores for Truro City
35:00
Goal Jamie Richards scores for Truro City
51:00
Goal Cody Cooke scores for Truro City

Highlights

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85:00 Missed Shot
Jamie Taylor misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
81:00 Sub Off
James Haran is substituted off for Eastbourne Borough
81:00 Sub On
Will Hendon is substituted on for Eastbourne Borough
70:00 Sub On
Tyler Harvey is substituted on for Truro City
70:00 Sub Off
Jordan Copp is substituted off for Truro City
67:00 Sub Off
Yemi Odubade is substituted off for Eastbourne Borough
67:00 Sub On
Shaun Okojie is substituted on for Eastbourne Borough
65:00 Missed Shot
Aaron Lamont misses a shot for Truro City
55:00 Sub Off
Lloyd Dawes is substituted off for Eastbourne Borough
55:00 Sub On
Charlie Harris is substituted on for Eastbourne Borough
51:00 Goal 1 - 3
Cody Cooke scores for Truro City
46:00 Kickoff
Truro City kick off
End of period 1
43:00 Missed Shot
Yemi Odubade misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
38:00 Yellow Card
Yemi Odubade is yellow carded for Eastbourne Borough
35:00 Goal 1 - 2
Jamie Richards scores for Truro City
31:00 Goal 1 - 1
Tom Owen-Evans scores for Truro City
28:00 Saved Shot
Yemi Odubade has a shot saved for Eastbourne Borough
24:00 Missed Shot
Lloyd Dawes misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
20:00 Missed Shot
Lloyd Dawes misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
18:00 Saved Shot
Jamie Taylor has a shot saved for Eastbourne Borough
13:00 Goal 1 - 0
Yemi Odubade scores for Eastbourne Borough
13:00 Assist
Lloyd Dawes makes an assist for Eastbourne Borough
10:00 Saved Shot
Cody Cooke has a shot saved for Truro City
0:00 Kickoff
Eastbourne Borough kick off
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Eastbourne Borough
  • Truro City
  • 0
  • Yemi Odubade Goal 13:00'
  • Lloyd Dawes Assist 13:00'
  • Tom Owen-Evans Goal 31:00'
  • Jamie Richards Goal 35:00'
  • Yemi Odubade Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Cody Cooke Goal 51:00'
  • Lloyd Dawes Sub Off 55:00'
  • Charlie Harris Sub On 55:00'
  • Yemi Odubade Sub Off 67:00'
  • Shaun Okojie Sub On 67:00'
  • Jordan Copp Sub Off 70:00'
  • Tyler Harvey Sub On 70:00'
  • James Haran Sub Off 81:00'
  • Will Hendon Sub On 81:00'

Team selection

Smith, Mark Smith, Mark
Pickering , Matthew Pickering , Matthew
Edwards, Archie Edwards, Archie
Dawes, Lloyd Dawes, Lloyd
Taylor, Jamie Taylor, Jamie
Haran, James Haran, James
Ransom, Harry Ransom, Harry
Torres, Sergio Torres, Sergio
Odubade, Yemi Odubade, Yemi
Mc Callum, Gavin Mc Callum, Gavin
Wills, Kane Wills, Kane
Eastbourne Borough
Truro City
  • 1. Tom McHale
  • 2. Niall Thompson
  • 3. Connor Riley-Lowe
  • 4. Ed Palmer
  • 5. Ben Gerring
  • 6. Jamie Richards
  • 7. Aaron Lamont
  • 8. Jordan Copp
  • 9. Tom Owen-Evans
  • 10. Cody Cooke
  • 11. Ben Harding
  • 12. Stewart Yetton
  • 13. Tyler Harvey
  • 14. Austen Booth
  • 15. Andrew Neal
  • 16. Billy Palfrey

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