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Sat 12 Jan 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Full time Attendance 486

Sports Pay For Missed Chances

First half misses prove costly as Weston-super-Mare fight back for a point

Eastbourne Borough will feel they dropped two points rather than gained one after a frustrating afternoon against Weston-super-Mare... writes Ant Scott.

The Sports had chances to go on and add to the lead that Kane Wills’ strike gave them, but were made to pay in the second half as Gethyn Hill’s effort saw the visitors leave with a point.

It was really a game of two halves at Priory Lane, but Borough couldn’t make their first half dominance count against bottom of the table Weston.

The Sports controlled large parts of the first half, with Ryan Hall and Joe Quigley firing off target early on before the breakthrough came after 18 minutes. Charlie Walker fed Joel Rollinson through down the right, and his cross picked out Wills who finished smartly from inside ten yards.

Wills then almost doubled his and the hosts’ tally after half an hour when Quigley’s cross was headed out as far as the Sports skipper, but his 25-yard pile-driver was tipped around the post by Luke Purnell.

Weston went close to equalising with their first real attack before the break, but Jamie Lucas’ effort flashed just wide before Aaron Parsons was perhaps fortunate to escape with only a booking after hauling down Quigley as he burst through on goal.

Purnell was again at his best to deny Borough again just before half-time, as Quigley escaped his marker to meet Walker’s cross but the keeper saved brilliantly.

In contrast to the first half, it was Weston who enjoyed large parts of possession in the second period and only a last-ditch block from Tom Gardiner denied Eli Phipps on the hour.

Substitute Lloyd Dawes should have doubled Borough’s lead after 72 minutes when Wills put him through on goal, but he could only fire over the bar when well placed. Blocks from Kristian Campbell and Harry Ransom then denied Weston from equalising, before they got back on level terms with eight minutes to go.

Phipps turned on the edge of the area and saw his low drive turned away by the diving Sam Howes, but substitute Hill was first to react to poke in from close range.

Both teams could have won the game late on in a frantic finale. Firstly, Borough thought they should have had a penalty when Andrew Briggs was bundled over competing for a header before Hill went within inches of winning the points with a 25 yard strike that was only kept out by the post.

Jamie Howell will be hoping to see his side make their first 45 minute performance last the whole 90 next weekend when the Sports travel to Welling United.

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Chippenham Town 27 38
13. Oxford City 26 37
14. Eastbourne Borough 27 34
15. Hemel Hempstead Town 25 34
16. Hampton & Richmond Borough 27 32
17. Dulwich Hamlet 27 27
18. Truro City 25 27

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