Eastbourne Borough produced their best display of the season at Priory Lane on Saturday to topple league leaders Boreham Wood with a decisive 4-1 victory.
It was all the sweeter for Tommy Widdrington’s team, who had been soundly beaten 5-2 in North London in September. But this time the Sports ran the show almost from the start, and a 3-0 lead by half-time effectively sealed the result.
Darren Lok opened the scoring on 15 minutes, emphatically finishing a perfect right-wing cross from Josh Hare, and ten minutes later Simon Johnson doubled the lead with a fabulous strike from more than 25 yards, across the goalkeeper and into the far corner.
Lok and strike partner Gavin McCallum were repeated exposing the Wood defenders for pace, and right on half-time Lok ruthlessly seized on defensive hesitation to whisk past goalkeeper James Russell and score triumphantly into an empty net.
The shell-shocked league leaders – unbeaten since the start of October – did rally after half-time, and Borough had to find another side to their game, resisting waves of Wood attacks and keeping the lead intact until 63 minutes, when Matt Whichello struck a fine shot from the edge of the area.
But even in that phase of the game the Sports might easily have extended the lead, with Lok denied three times by excellent Russell saves. And on 74 minutes the popular Borough striker missed a golden chance to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot: his rising shot struck the crossbar and rebounded away.
But the three-goal margin was restored a minute from full-time when substitute Nat Pinney rose expertly to head another Hare cross into the top corner, and send an ecstatic Priory Lane crowd home happy – and looking forward with fresh appetite to the Boxing Day visit to Whitehawk.