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Sat 31
1st XI
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Romain Runs Riot at Priory Lane

Romain Runs Riot at Priory Lane

By Anthony Scott
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Elliott Romain grabbed a hat-trick as The Sports made a welcome return to winning ways

Elliott Romain scored a hat-trick as Eastbourne Borough bounced back to form in style, after a great first half performance saw them sweep aside Hampton & Richmond.

After a hard-earned point at Havant last time out, Borough fans went into the game with optimism and they weren't disappointed.

Greg Luer opened the scoring early on, before a brace from Romain put Lee Bradbury's side three goals to the good at the break. Romain then completed his treble from the penalty spot, before Ryan Hill grabbed a late consolation for Hampton.

Luer could have put Borough a goal up even earlier when Romain played through his strike partner, but he took too long to get his shot away and the covering Dean Inman blocked his effort.

However, Luer did get the ball rolling eight minutes in at Priory Lane, after Dean Cox played a neat through ball to the forward who one on one with Laurie Walker fired the ball low past the keeper.

Kristian Campbell and Sergio Torres went close to doubling the Sports’ lead, before Romain did make it 2-0 after the half hour mark.

It’s one that Walker won’t want to look back on, as the keeper fumbled a long ball and Romain was the first to pounce, and under pressure was able to drill the ball into the roof of the net.

Dean Cox then forced Walker into a smart save, but only after Danilo Orsi-Dadomo saw a shot on goal saved for the Beavers.

Things got even better for the Sports just before the break, as Luer beat Charlie Fox before teeing up his strike partner who fired the ball low past Walker from twelve yards.

Kane Wills then almost added to the hosts' tally in style early in the second half. Cox's corner was headed out at the near post and dropped to the midfielder, who took it on the volley and it dipped just wide of the post with Walker a spectator.

Romain went on to complete his hat-trick after 53 minutes. Having been caught by a high foot in the penalty area, the striker dusted himself down and rifled his shot into the roof of the net beyond the reach of Walker.

Cox almost added a fifth when a mix up in defence saw Tobi Adebayo-Rowling's cross reach the playmaker at the far post, but Fox did well to block his goalbound effort.

But it wasn’t all one way traffic, and Hampton grabbed the consolation they deserved when Ryan Hill turned away from his marker before slotting past Hadler.

There was still time for the Sports to create opportunities for a fifth goal, however, as a great ball from sub Charlie Walker put in Luer, who beat Walker but only for Fox to track back and clear off the line.

And with the last kick of the game Charlie Walker was denied by the Hampton keeper, as the final whistle brought cheers amongst the Priory Lane crowd after the Sports' best attacking display of the season.

Photo: Lydia Redman

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Match details

Match date

Sat 31, Aug 2019






Vanarama National League South

League position

Eastbourne Borough
Hampton & Richmond Borough