Possession counts for nothing - it’s goals

Simon Johnson
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Chances and possession count for nothing in football unless you can get the ball in the net – a predicament Eastbourne Borough have become too familiar for comfort with over recent weeks.

In defeat to Dover and King’s Lynn, the Sports were left rueing missed opportunities and cursing the wastefulness that left them empty-handed.

However, if Saturday’s victory over struggling Truro is anything to go by, the Sports seem to be learning their lesson well.

It was another encounter in which capitalising on chances clinically was the key difference between the two sides, with Truro unable to get off the mark despite having 15 corners, and the home side working tirelessly to make sure they made the most of every forward attack.

Tommy Widdrington handed debuts to the Sports’ two new faces – on-loan Cambridge United goalkeeper Craig Ross and Elliott Charles, who impressed when he featured for Hendon against Borough in the FA Cup.

The game burst into life from the word ‘go’ with the opening ten minutes creating a handful of chances for both sides, the better of which was enjoyed by Borough as Simon Johnson fizzed a shot wide and Chris Shephard’s fine effort rebounded off the crossbar.

Those opening minutes set the precedent for an entertaining first half, with Sam Cole, Ollie Rowe and Gary Hart all going close.

The deadlock was broken 12 minutes after the restart after Borough were awarded a free kick – a decision which resulted in Tommy Widdrington being harshly sent to the stands after he rushed onto the pitch to kick the ball back to his men.

Shephard stepped-up to take the set-piece and his perfect delivery was met by the rising head of skipper Rowe, who nodded past ‘keeper Luke McCormick to cap a fine display with his first goal of the season.

Truro responded strongly with Andy Watkins blasting over the bar from just ten yards out and Adam Watts being forced to head the ball of the line to protect his side’s slim advantage.

The Sports thought they’d doubled their goal-cushion in the 75th minute after a shot from Charles that McCormick parried to the waiting feet of Kezie Ibe, who duly slotted into the net, was controversially disallowed for offside.

It proved not to matter though as Borough stuck firm to deservedly pocket the points that sees them rise to 15th in the Blue Square South table.

Ross 7, Johnson 7, Cole 7, Adelsbury 6, Rowe 8, Watts 7, Hart 6, Gorman 6 (Uddin, 88), Ibe 6 (Lok, 76), (Remy, 76) Charles 7, Shephard 8. Unused subs: Hamilton, Noone

MOM: Ollie Rowe

Attendance: 514