Phantom goal aids Borough

Richard Pacquette's late header against Wealdstone earned Borough a draw but did it miss the target?
Richard Pacquette's late header against Wealdstone earned Borough a draw but did it miss the target?

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington is adamant his side’s late equaliser against Wealdstone was valid despite video evidence suggesting Richard Pacquette’s last gasp header was wide of the target.

After trailing Wealdstone 1-0 thanks to an impressive first half Matt Ball strike, substitute Pacquette earned the home side a share of the spoils with a leaping header in the dying minutes.

However, video footage emerged after the match that seemed to show the ball hitting the side netting before somehow sneaking into the goal.

At the time of the equaliser there were no Wealdstone protests, and there’s no suggestion of underhand play by the Eastbourne team.

Even with the video evidence, FA rules do not permit reviews or replays in a case like this, and the result will stand.

After the match Sports boss Widdrington said, “It’s yesterday’s news.

“Yes, I have seen it on YouTube, but I don’t think it went wide at all. It’s down to the referee and officials in any case.”

The Sports will wryly reflect the evidence proving that they themselves were beaten by an illegal goal earlier this season, at Havant and Waterlooville in early December.

Despite the controversy Widdrington was delighted with his side’s resolve after grabbing the late equaliser.

He added, “It is an excellent point because we scored late but in fairness we more than deserved a draw.

“I think we were on the front foot but they scored against the run of play.

“We showed excellent spirit and determination and a will not to lose the game.”