Once again Eastbourne Borough were left cursing a lack of firepower as they suffered home defeat against Farnborough.
Borough are by far the lowest scorers in the Blue Square South with just 28 goals and Tommy Widdrington’s side failed to trouble the scoreboard in this 1-0 home defeat.
Top scorer Elliott Charles returned to the starting XI after his recent injury. The former Hendon man gave a spirited display but lacked match sharpness and a finishing touch, particularly when he only had the Farnborough keeper to beat in the 49th minute.
Borough, who received a midweek confidence boost with decent 0-0 draw with Dorchester, started the better side. They looked comfortable in possession and were intent on dominating the visitors.
Despite this it was Farnborough who scored what turned out to the be the winner on 16 minutes. Matt Ball was allowed too much space in the box and he swivelled and lifted a tidy finish into the top corner.
Borough’s fragile confidence was knocked once more and although Widdrington’s men maintained a decent shape across midfield and defence their was no goal threat for the remainder of the first half.
Charles will likely admit he should have done much better with Borough’s best chance from a one-on-oneon 49 m inutes. Charles, who has nine goals from his 14 Borough appearances, raced clear but his tame finish was into the body of former Borough loanee goalkeeper Ross Worner.
Two minutes later Farnborough hit the bar after a wicked deflection off Adam Watts and Borough stopper Danny Potter was regularly called into action to prevent further goals from the lively Richard Peniket who is with Farnborough on loan from Premier League side Fulham.
Borough had plenty of possession but there was little to show for it. Desperate times called for desperate measures and defender Anwar Uddin came off the bench and was thrown upfront for the final push.
Widdrington’s men continued to pile forward and were cruelly denied a late leveller when Matt Alred’s thunderous 25-yard effort crashed off the bar in stoppage time.
Boss Tommy Widdrington said, “I am very disappointed with the result.
“Our frailty all season has been at the front end of the pitch, that showed again today.
“They need to be more ruthless in the final 15 yards. We need someone to step up to the plate. Elliott (Charles) did that in his first few games and hopefully he can get back to match fitness.”
The result keeps Borough in 18th position on 35 points, just one point above the relegation zone. They have no midweek fixture and are next in action at Tonbridge Angels next Saturday.
Borough: Potter, Adelsbury (Aldred 22), Cole, Gorman, Wynter, Watts, Johnson, Smith (Uddin 87), Charles (Lok 75), Hart, Raymond.
Unused subs: Rowe, Shephard
Ref: Mr D Rock