Carl Rook notched a clinical first half hat-trick as Borough advanced to the next round of the Sussex Senior Cup against a determined Little Common outfit.
Eastbourne were technically the away team in the tie, but floodlight issues at Little Common’s ground saw the game was played at Priory Lane.
Boro’ started well and soon found themselves in front after only six minutes. Carl Rook found himself on the end of a corner to open the scoring.
In what proved to be a scrappy first half, Little Common didn’t offer too much in attack. Callum Wooler had their only chance with a teasing free-kick.
Eastbourne soon doubled their lead when Bailo Camara played a well-timed ball for the returning Gary Hart. The ex-Brighton stalwart showed his quality and finished well.
The action didn’t stop there and Rook added another two before the break, rounding off a fine hat-trick.
Little Common came out in the second half looking for a goal, and nearly scored when Jamie Crone came close. He broke through the Boro’ defence to find himself one-on-one with Rikki Banks, who saved well.
Borough then hit their opponents on the counter attack, and a good run and pass from new signing Peter Gregory allowed Ross Treleaven to grab a goal.
Eastbourne now in full control were looking to further increase their lead. Matt Smart hit a wonderful strike from outside of the box for six, before Gary Hart grabbed the seventh, his second of the game.
Callum Wooler added a surprise goal for Little Common late on, when his shot evaded goalkeeper Banks via a deflection.
Boro’ manager Garry Wilson was pleased with his sides performance, but gave credit to Little Common.
“They applied themselves really well.
“They kept good shape, had good discipline and had some good young players in their team.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to play players like Gary (Hart) and Ben (Austin). We needed to find them a game and this was ideal.”
Wilson also spoke of new signing Peter Gregory, who joined Boro’ earlier this week.
“Its difficult for him to come straight into the side, but he has ability and it was nice for him to play. He made some good attacking runs and set up a goal.”
Eastbourne Borough Banks 7, Baker 7, Rowe 7 (Hutchinson 55), Smart 8, Austin 7, Gregory 7, Hart 8 (Brinkhurst 72), Strevett 7, Rook 9, Camara 7 (Medlock 72), Treleaven 7
Goals: Rook (6, 38, 42), Hart (34, 68), Treleaven (51) Smart (59)
Subs not used: Johnson, Masters Att: 217
Referee: N Wallace