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Mon 26
Havant & Waterlooville
1st XI
Borough Earn Point At Havant

Borough Earn Point At Havant

By Anthony Scott
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A great defensive performance from Eastbourne Borough saw them earn a point at Westleigh Park.

The Sports recovered from back-to-back defeats to earn a point away at much-fancied Havant & Waterlooville.

For Sports boss Lee Bradbury, it was a first return to Westleigh Park since leaving for Priory Lane in the summer and his Borough side put in a great defensive performance to draw 0-0.

However, the visitors walked a tight line throughout, with Roarie Deacon missing a first half penalty.

There were few clear chances throughout, although Greg Luer showed good pace up front to get behind the Havant defence only for Ross Worner to come off his line quickly to thwart the Sports striker.

Andy Drury then went close for the hosts as they looked to grow into the game, before Ian Gayle and then Manny Adebowale blocked to deny Drury and then Wes Fogden.

Deacon then played through Benny Read, but Tom Hadler was out smartly to save before Borough had the frame of the goal to thank for the deadlock remaining intact.

A short corner routine eventually saw Josh Taylor in room to have a shot on the edge of the area, and his effort beat Hadler only to come off of the underside of the bar, then the post, and then clear.

Havant then had a great chance to go ahead when Hadler was penalised for tripping Taylor, despite looking to have got the ball, and the hosts were awarded a penalty. Deacon stepped up, but could only fire over the top corner.

Borough then drew into the game in the second period, as Elliott Romain let fly from 25 yards but Worner turned the ball over the bar.

However, as the half wore on the hosts continued to threaten. Danny Kedwell couldn’t direct his header on target before only great defending from Gayle and Kiran Khinda-John kept the Hawks at bay.

In the end, though, it was a great point earnt for the Sports on the back of two heavy defeats and a sign that improvement is around the corner.

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Match details

Match date

Mon 26, Aug 2019






Vanarama National League South

League position

Havant & Waterlooville
Eastbourne Borough