Relief was the primary emotion for Borough boss Tommy Widdrington after seeing his side crack the tough nut that was Truro by a solitary goal.
A goalless first half, despite a host of golden opportunities, left the Borough boss concerned that his men wouldn’t be able to break down the tough visiting defence.
However, a 57th minute header from captain Ollie Rowe ensured the Sports pocketed the three vital Blue Square South points, leaving Widdrington delighted and full of praise for both his men and the Truro City squad.
Widdrington said: “Truro were a very tough nut to crack and I was getting confident we weren’t going to crack them such was the presence of their goalkeeper.
“It could’ve been a bit easier but it wasn’t. We’re getting more competitive, we had the chances and we’re delighted with the result.
“We had energy and the liveliness with everything we did and we deserved the win.”
In what was a resolute and collective team performance, Widdrington was also pleased to see skipper and central defender Rowe chip in with his first goal of the season that proved decisive on Saturday.
He said, “We work on set pieces and corners in training so it was really pleasing to see that come off. Ollie is Eastbourne through and through and he was one of our best players on the field today, he deserved that goal.”
Eastbourne must now prepare to face Horsham in the Sussex Senior Cup tonight (Tuesday, 7.45pm kick-off), which will see the return of Gary Charman to Priory Lane.
Widdrington added, “The key for us now is to get some momentum and consistency.
“We face another team below our level in Horsham on Tuesday but we won’t be taking anything for granted.
“Their management team are very well known to Priory Lane but we will be treating it as a league game and looking to progress.”