JAMIE TAYLOR made it four goals in a week since his arrival on loan from Sutton as Eastbourne Borough climbed to third place with another impressive home victory.
Staines also have their eye on a play-off place, but were put firmly in their place by a Borough side that for the second successive Saturday were given a standing ovation at the final whistle.
There is inevitably much speculation about whether Taylor will remain with Borough when his loan period expires. It is a question which, at the moment does not have an answer.
“Of course I would love to keep him. We play the kind of football that suits his type of play. But when the month is up it will be Sutton’s decision, said boss Tommy Widdrington.
The manager was also delighted with the man-of-the-match performance of Frankie Raymond who produced the perfect response after being left out in midweek.
Widdrington, added, “We were without Chris Shephard, Charlie Gorman and Matt Aldred, lads who have played in 95 per cent of our games.
“Yet they were the first to pat the players on the back after the game. That is the spirit I am trying to epitomise here.”
Borough came alive in the 14th minute with Staines keeper Jack Turner making three fine saves to deny Taylor (twice) and Tom Derry.
The Sports took the lead in the 27th minute when Taylor’s fierce drive from 25 yards swerved past Turner. It was Taylor’s fourth goal in three matches.
Eight minutes later another Borough man did get on the scoresheet as Raymond’s immaculate corner from the right was headed down into the far corner of the net by Jack Deaman, his first goal for the club.
Staines enjoyed a much better second half following a double half-time substitution which gave them more attacking impetus with the introduction of Stephane Ngamvoulou and Louis-Rae Beadle.
But for all their determined efforts they failed to test Ross until three minutes from time when the Eastbourne keeper performed wonders to keep out a pile-driver from Loiue Theophanous.
At the other end, it could easily have been 3-0 as Turner did superbly to deny Raymond after a fine run and shot.
So Borough approach the Christmas period in a very good place. Third in the table with just a couple of home defeats since last March.
A very good reason for more people to come and watch a side that is consistently serving up some enjoyable entertainment at Priory Lane.
Eastbourne: Ross, Tallack, Stinson, Derry (Levy 80), Simpemba, Watts, Taylor (Rowe 88), Raymond, Lok (Hart 67), Johnson, Deaman.
Unused subs: Worrall, Akokhia.
Staines: Turner, Ming, Neville, Ferrell, M’Boungou, Ifil, Lodge, Pashaj (45), Theophanous, Akinsanya (Brown 56), Worsfold (Ngamvoulou 45). Unused subs: Merson, Felix.
Referee: Mr G. Jerden.
MoM: Frankie Raymond: a perfect reaction after being left out in midweek.