Early second half strike sinks Borough in Eastleigh

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Eastbourne Borough were narrowly beaten by a play-off chasing Eastleigh side this afternoon.

It was an even first half but the home side scored the decisive goal when Chris Zebroski finished from close range following a corner.

After a quiet opening to the match Gary Hart, playing upfront alongside Darren Lok, fashioned the first chance.

The former Brighton man crossed for Frankie Raymond but Eastleigh defender Mitchell Nelson nipped in and headed clear the danger.

Two minutes later and Eastbourne Borough should have gone ahead.

Lok, who came off the bench and scored a 90th minute winner at Farnborough, got the better of Chris Todd and flicked the ball neatly beyond ‘keeper Ross Flitney. But with the goal at his mercy, the youngster somehow rolled the ball wide of the post.

Flitney then produced a great reaction save to deny Hart’s close range header before Raymond curled a free kick over the bar from just outside the box.

Hart pinged a snap shot just wide from 25-yards before Eastleigh created their first chance when Zebroski angled an effort just wide of the Borough goal after good work from Jai Reason.

Reason was once again the creator when he spilt the defence with a pass from deep, Zebroski turned his marker well but fired over from a decent position.

Eastleigh were fast from the blocks in the second period. Scannell manoeuvred his way down the right and set up a chance for Reason but his effort was deflected for a corner.

Reason delivered the corner himself and the lively Zebroski poked the ball home to give Eastleigh the lead.

On 64 minutes Raymond crossed from the left and Lok produced an acrobatic effort that was turned wide of the post.

Zebroski was a threat throughout and he engineered a shooting chance for Scannell who cut inside and fired just off target.

Gillingham loanee striker Nathan Nyalfi came on for Jamie Smith as Borough searched for a way back in the game.

The substitute combined well with Lok on 85 minutes but the home keeper was out swiftly to smother the danger.

With seconds remaining Hart looped a shot over the cross bar and the home side held out for the three points. Eastleigh move up to seventh in the Blue Square south table on 45 points from 30 games.

Tommy Widdrington’s Borough side are in 18th position on 34 points from 32 games played.

On Tuesday night Borough welcome Dorchester to Priory Lane.

See Tuesday’s Gazette for Eastleigh match report and Dorchester preview.

Eastbourne Borough: Potter, Adelsbury, Cole, Gorman, Wynter, Watts, Smith, Johnson, Lok, Hart, Raymond.

subs: Nyalfi, Uddin, Rowe, Hare

Eastleigh: Filtney, Nelson, Green, Hughes, Lacey, Todd, Scannell, Southam, Zebroski, Reason, Binns

subs; Forbes, Dovey, Peacock, Watkins, Fountain

Att: 507