A bitterly disappointed Eastbourne Town returned from their visit to fellow strugglers, Corinthian Casuals, on Tuesday evening, on the wrong side of a hammering.
This defeat leaves Town nine points adrift of their victors, with games starting to run out and a feeling of acceptance starting to gather over the Saffrons based club.
In a season of huge upheaval, Town’s players have never got to grips with matters on the field and hot-shot marksman, Billy Medlock’s goals have seemed to be the only redeeming feature of an otherwise poor season.
With a massive turnover in playing staff, under three different management teams, this has been a wretched season for those involved with this old club. A lack of consistency and continuity has been a major factor in their slide down the Ryman table, after achieving their highest ever Isthmian League placing only 10 months ago.
Their opponents, however, have recently found some form having built a relationship with Conference club, Woking FC and have given themselves a sporting chance of getting out of the relegation places.
Town made the early running on Tuesday but the strike force of Medlock and Clarke failed to take their chances. As usual, in this division, that is punishable and the hosts duly killed off Town’s efforts with goals either side of the break. On 43 minutes, Steve Goddard robbed Ross Sutton before firing home the first goal.
Immediately after the restart, the experienced Jamie Byatt beat young Ryan Cooper to a loose ball to ram home a killer second score. A third goal followed just after the hour mark when Byatt beat Christie from 20 yards. The final blow of a dismal evening came from the penalty spot, as Byatt secured his hat trick, following Cooper’s foul on Daniel Lancer.