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Sports Clip Angels' Wings in Cup

Sports Clip Angels' Wings in Cup

By Anthony Scott
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Eastbourne Borough progress to the Third Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup after coming from behind in Kent

Eastbourne Borough progressed to the Third Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup after overcoming fellow National League South side Tonbridge Angels.

Nick Wheeler and Elliott Romain got the goals for the Sports as they came from behind at Longmead to progress 2-1.

And boss Lee Bradbury was happy to seal victory despite having seen his side not at their best.

“It was a tough game, but I’m delighted we got the job done,” said the Sports manager. “We weren’t at the races in the first half, and we need to start performing for 90 minutes rather than just 45.”

The first half provided little quality from both sides, but the major talking point came just seven minutes in. Khale Da Costa was given too much time on the right and after beating Kristian Campbell the full back bundled him over for a penalty. D’Sean Theobalds stepped up and sent Tom Hadler the wrong way from the spot.

Borough then made a double change ten minutes into the second half, changing formation with it, and this proved to be the turning point.
Wheeler and Ian Gayle came on for Dean Cox and Campbell, and the former drew the Sports level against his former club.

Greg Luer found space to play a neat ball through to Wheeler, and one on one with Jon Henly fired the ball across the keeper and into the far corner.

The Sports were in their stride at this point, and missed a great chance when Luer broke down the right and played the ball across to James Ferry, but he could only fire wide of the near post from inside twelve yards.

Wheeler was then almost the provider as his corner from the right was missed by Henly, but Jesse Debrah could only head over at the far post with the goal gaping.

However, the decisive moment came just ten minutes from time. Wheeler’s cross from the right ran to Roberto Nditi at the far post, who teed up Romain and the striker fired home from ten yards.

With Angels pushing for an equaliser, it was actually Borough who went closest to extending their lead in added time when Luer saw an effort saved by Henly from a tight angle.

But as the full-time whistle blew, Sports fans could finally breathe having booked their place in the Third Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

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Sat 21, Sep 2019