Boro’ take heart from narrow defeat at high-flying Wrexham

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Eastbourne Borough head coach Nick Greenwood believes his Sports side can take heart from Tuesday’s narrow defeat at Wrexham.

Boro’ were looking for a third consecutive victory after previous Blue Square Bet Premier triumphs over Fleetwood and Southport, but two first-half strikes from the hosts cancelled out Jamie Taylor’s early goal.

Greenwood said, “It was an excellent performance. We were the better side in the second half and we had chances to win it.

“We know we are playing a lot better, Wrexham are the fourth best side in the league according to the league table and we outplayed them in the second half.”

Barnet loanee Danny Kelly, who only signed a day earlier, was forced into action at the last minute when Gary Elphick pulled up in the warm- up.

An Irish under 19 international, Kelly partnered skipper Ben Austin in the centre of defence.

Buoyed by Saturday’s demolition of Southport, Boro’ began in confident mood at the Racecourse Ground.

The Sports had lost heavily on each of their previous two visits to north Wales, but edged out Dean Saunders’ men at Priory Lane in August, much to the former Liverpool striker’s chagrin.

On Tuesday, in-form Jamie Taylor struck his second goal in two games after just eight minutes, slipping past Neil Ashton before firing home from inside the area.

Wrexham came close shortly afterwards, but Rikki Banks was alert to the threat, pushing away Andy Mangan’s effort.

But the hosts broke through in the 27th minute as Boro’ failed to clear and Lee Fowler rifled through a mass of bodies to level the scores.

By now the Welsh side were on top and much-travelled striker Andy Morrell nodded just over before Jamie Tolley put Saunders’ men ahead. He collected a pass from the wing and composed himself before firing low past Banks.

After the break Boro’ came into their own, displaying the attacking intent which had done for Southport. Shortly after the hour mark Richard Pacquette ought to have equalised, but the front man dragged his shot wide with only the ‘keeper to beat.

Pacquette, who hasn’t found the net in eight league outings – but did strike twice in the Sussex Senior Cup earlier this month – had another opportunity in the closing stages.

This time home ‘keeper Chris Maxwell palmed away his low drive as Boro’ found their luck was out, despite another stirring showing.

Wrexham: Maxwell, Obeng, Creighton, Sinclair, Ashton, Harris, Tolley, Fowler, Mangan (Knight-Percival, 81), Pogba (Cieslewicz, 87), Morrell (Andrews, 82).

Subs not used: Taylor, McMillan.

Booked: Harris.

Goals: Fowler 27, Tolley 44.

Eastbourne Borough: Banks 7, Baker 6, Austin 7, Kelly 7, Jenkins 6, Taylor 7, Smart 6 (Johnson, 88), Hutchinson 6, Matt Crabb 6 (Brinkhurst 46), Purcell 6 (Weatherstone 76), Pacquette 6. Subs not used: Demetriou, Lightwood.

Booked: Purcell, Hutchinson.

Goals Taylor 8. Att: 2,410

Ref: D Ford (Reading).