Out of Luck

Eastbourne Borough v Eastleigh at priory lane'08/10/11'2nd goal by number 9 Ben Watson
Eastbourne Borough v Eastleigh at priory lane'08/10/11'2nd goal by number 9 Ben Watson

The scoreline did not quite capture the nature of the game as Eastbourne Borough drew 0-0 with Havant and Waterlooville in an exciting affair.

The away side continuously put the pressure on Havant, with goalkeeper Lyall Beasley, and the woodwork proving to be a bridge too far for Eastbourne.

With only two points separating the sides, it seemed like it was always destined to be an interesting affair.

Matt Smart was dropped to the bench for the encounter, with Gary Charman occupying the wide left role.

The change proved to be a good idea when only six minutes in The Sports were putting Havant under pressure.

Matt Crabb’s corner was met by Charman, who flicked a header against the post, as Boro started to look dangerous. They continued to put the pressure on the Hawks when Crabb himself tried a 25-yard strike.

Lyall Beasley flung himself at the ball, to make an impressive mid-air save.

Boro’ continued to pile on the pressure as a Ben Watson 30 yard strike collided with the woodwork.

Havant were forced to make two changes fairly early on, with Craig Braham-Barrett and Sam Pearce needed to be replaced.

It was then Bradley Norton, who came on as a sub for Braham-Barrett, that first really tested the Eastbourne goalkeeper.

A good strike on goal was saved by Clark Masters, who was then involved in clearing the ball in the resulting goalmouth scramble.

As the second half begun, Boro’ were very much in the mood to carry on their promising second half form.

The woodwork continued to give The Sports problems, as Ben Watson’s header collided with the crossbar after connecting with a Steve Brinkhurst cross.

Havant will feel very lucky that they managed to get a point from the game, as the Eastbourne onslaught did not end there.

Boro’ managed to hit the crossbar for a fourth time in the second half but could not find a goal.

Lyall Beasley continued his fine form as he also kept the away side from scoring.

A one handed save from a powerful effort from Brinkhurst underlined how well the Hawks shot-stopper was playing.

Substitute Ross Treleaven was then agonisingly close to producing an Boro winner, but his 90th minute header was put wide.

Eastbourne will be disappointed that they could not get more out of the game, but will surely take positives with their impressively powerful attacking display and a much needed clean sheet.

Eastbourne Borough: Masters, Baker, Cole, Charman, Rowe, Elphick, Brinkhurst, Johnson, Watson (Treleaven), Hutchinson, Crabb (Strevett 82)

Hawks: Beazeley, Hinshelwood, McDonald, Ramsey, Pearce (Holland 33mins), Woodford, Braham-Barrett (Norton), Peacock, Jones Whyte (Geteski 85), Palmer.

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RIGHT: Eastbourne Borough striker Ben Watson rattled the woodwork twice as a dominant Boro’ failed to find the finishing touch at Havant on Saturday.