Eastbourne Borough enjoyed an away day on Wednesday morning with a trip to Gander Green Lane and a highly useful work-out against FA Cup heroes Sutton United, the two teams finishing all square at 2-2.
The Sports enjoy a cordial relationship with Sutton and their affable manager Paul Doswell, and for both clubs it was chance of a little variation on the usual training routine. Incidentally, the morning kick-off was another little victory for both clubs' policy of daytime training. It's what proper footballers do....
Tommy took a mixture of first team regulars, squad players and a couple of triallists, with the accent on youth. Indeed, in the Borough starting XI only Lewis Carey and Elliott Romain were above 22, and after substitutions the side which finished the 90 had only Carey and Nat Pinney over that age. The match was nicely competitive, as well as most enjoyable for the quite sizeable crowd who had found their way to Gander Green Lane, for what was nominally a "closed-doors" friendly.
Elliott Romain saw his early penalty saved before himself giving borough a 1-0 lead, but Sutton then equalised for a half-time scoreline of 1-1. United went ahead just after the break, but the Sports restored parity at 2-2 - through a triallist - and that was how the score remained, despite what the Gaffer described as a "perfectly good goal" from Pinney being disallowed.
"I think quite probably the linesman was on the promise of an Arsenal ticket, because it was several seconds after the goal had gone in, and been celebrated, before his flag was raised." The wise words of Dos are not recorded - but hey, as they say, a good time was had by all.
All at the Borough do, of course, wish Sutton United congratulations on their terrific FA Cup run, and all success on their great day when they receive Arsenal in the fifth round. It shows what can be done...
Updated 19:38 - 1 Feb 2017 by Kevin Anderson