Impressive pre-season continues for Borough

Chris Shephard netted for Borough in their pre-season friendly victory over Worthing
Chris Shephard netted for Borough in their pre-season friendly victory over Worthing
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Eastbourne Borough made it three wins in three games as their progress continued with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Worthing on Saturday.

A defensive misunderstanding allowed Ryman outfit Worthing to pinch a 10th minute lead, but from that point on the Conference South side asserted their status.

On 28 minutes Chris Shephard converted a pass from triallist striker Tony Garrod to equalise, and two minutes later the big ex-Southampton front man notched his first goal for Borough with a sweet curling shot just inside the far post.

From that point on Eastbourne were in comfortable control, and Darren Lok’s close range finish made it 3-1 on 65 minutes. But a tricky playing surface and the usual second-half substitutions had an impact on the fluency of the performance and there were no more goals.

With new signing Ian Simbemba rested, the ageless and tireless Gary Hart was the only representative of the over-30s – indeed the over-25s – in a young side which is looking increasingly likely to make an impact in the new Conference South campaign, which starts on August 17th.

Meanwhile local football fans have an appetising chance to assess the progress of both Borough and Eastbourne Town when the two clubs meet at the Saffrons on Thursday (7.45pm).