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Maidstone Trip Awaits The Sports

Maidstone Trip Awaits The Sports

By Anthony Scott
13th August
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Borough visit The Gallagher Stadium on Tuesday night looking to return to winning ways - but it won't be an easy task against the Stones

Eastbourne Borough’s second away trip of the season sees them make the journey to Kent to face a Maidstone United side buoyed by their first win of the campaign on Saturday.

The Stones, relegated from the National League last term, picked up their first win away at Hungerford Town after starting with defeats against Weymouth and Welling United.

Dan Wishart drew the Stones level after falling behind at Bulpit Lane, with Nana Kyei and substitute Clovis Kamdjo also on the scoresheet in a 3-1 win for John Still’s side.

It was a much needed win for the Stones, who after consecutive defeats now go into Tuesday night’s game in a confident frame of mind.

And Wishart played a key role in that win – despite wanting to leave the Gallagher Stadium over the summer. In his first start of the season, he not only scored but provided an assist in the win.

Head of football, Still, said: “I said at the time (of his transfer request) you’ve just got to train properly and work hard and as long as you do that, there’s no problems – and he has done.

"We’ve not got the biggest squad, so the time was right he should play because Justin (Amaluzor) was struggling.

“He came in and no complaints – he did well.”

The Sports, meanwhile, were held to a 1-1 draw by Oxford City at Priory Lane.

Zac McEachran’s second half effort cancelled out Kristian Campbell’s cross-come-shot as Lee Bradbury’s side were made to make do with a point in blustery conditions on the south coast.

“The wind took the quality out of the game for both teams,” said the Sports boss.

“I said before the game that if we had the wind, we needed to make the most of it and when we were against it, we needed to keep a clean sheet, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

“We played some good football, both with and against the wind and created some half decent opportunities.

“The guys showed determination to play, but the quality was never going to go with it given the conditions which is frustrating – as other than the goal they didn’t really have too many chances, so I feel we should have got the three points.

“We have a bit of work to do, but I’m happy with how the boys have approached things and how hard they are working for us.

“My teams will always be prepared for the next test. At Havant teams knew that they were in a hard game if they beat us, and that’s what I want to install here. “

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