Video: Did Pacquette’s late goal go through the side netting? Judge for yourselves...

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Eastbourne Borough grabbed a dramatic late equaliser in their home game with Wealdstone on Saturday - but was it the goal that wasn’t?

Ninety minutes were on the clock, with the home side trailing 1-0, when Borough striker Richard Pacquette met a long cross from the right with a downward header that squeezed inside the post and nestled in the back of the net for 1-1. Or so it seemed.

Richard Pacquette celebrates his controversial leveller against Wealdstone

Richard Pacquette celebrates his controversial leveller against Wealdstone

Video replays of the incident suggest - although not conclusively - that the big striker’s header actually skimmed fractionally wide of the goalpost, and then entered the goal through the side netting.

There was no Wealdstone protest at the time, and there is not suggestion of underhand play by the Eastbourne team.

But was it a “gift goal” for Borough?

You can judge for yourself by checking out Wealdstone’s video footage that we pulished on the Herald website.

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

And 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.