Borough brushed aside the challenge of County Leaguers Shoreham on Wednesday night with a resounding eight-goal display, to carry them through to the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup.
Tommy Widdrington rested two or three regulars, including Ian Simpemba and Lewis Tallack, and gave useful game time to Ollie Rowe, Tony Garrod and James Stinson, who have been on the bench in recent weeks.
“We took the game very seriously,” said Widdrington. “I told the players that the weekend starts here – if we can create and convert chances like that in a competitive context, then we can take the same form and mind-set to Dorchester on Saturday.”
With the Sports firing on all cylinders from the very start, no fewer than seven players were on the scoresheet, including 16-year-old Academy winger Max Taylor, who notched an excellent goal within three minutes of coming on as a second half substitute.
Slick passing movements saw Borough two goals up in the first nine minutes, through Tony Garrod and Elliott Levy, as the home side chased shadows.
Then Simon Johnson, with the pick of the night’s goals, and Adam Watts, chipping home from a free-kick, settled the game as a contest before half-time.
After the break new signing Jack Deaman notched a smart header from a quick free-kick before Johnson cleverly set up Taylor’s debut goal. And though the home side never gave up, they were undone in the final minutes by two goals from Gary Hart, coming off the bench for a cameo appearance.
Borough: Ross, Welch (Taylor 58min), Gorman, Stinson, Rowe, Watts, Levy (Lok 83min), Raymond, Garrod, Johnson (Hart 65min), Deaman.