Eastbourne Borough went down 2-0 against Welling United after a physical encounter at Park View Road.
Tackles flew in for the full 90 minutes as the home side looked to bully Tommy Widdrington’s men off the park.
Indeed Widdrington received plenty of stick from the Welling fans as he protested to the referee about over-zealous tackles that went unpunished.
There was no score at halftime but Borough were forced to replace their most creative player Chris Shephard with Gary Hart after one bone crunching challenge.
Welling took the lead five minutes after the break. Former Sports player Louis Fazakerley crossed from the right, it looped over the defence and Ross Lafayette was unmarked at the far post to nod home.
On 75 minutes the home side added their second. Keirnan Hughes- Mason skipped past defender Sam Cole and bundled the ball beyond Borough keeper Danny Potter.
Boro’ did hit the woodwork twice through Charles Ademeno and Charlie Gorman but they could not force a path back into the match and slipped to their second 2-0 defeat in a row.
WELLING: Mott, Fazakerley, Williams, Day, Acheanpong, Frank, Kinch, Clarke, Hughes-Mason, Lafayette, Healy, Fairweather-Johnson, Subs not used: Turner, Main, Baker, Obersteller.
BOROUGH: Potter, Turpin, Rowe, Uddin, Cole, Gorman, Carr, Scowen, Walker, Ademeno, Shephard (Hart)
Subs not used: Morgan, Gilbert, Knight, Jordan
Ref: Gavin Murge
See Friday’s Herald for full match report