Gods against them

Nathan Crabb v Godalming
Nathan Crabb v Godalming

Floodlight failure at The Saffrons on Saturday means the sides may have to meet again in a replay.

Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor said, “We had two plus one and a half more injury-time minutes to play when the lights went. It will go to the FA to decide what happens.”

After Tuesday’s home victory over Chipstead, Town were buoyed and took their improving form into the game.

Nathan Crabb produced a superb brace, ending his goal-drought, with two instinctive striker’s finishes. His first came in the fifth minute when he calmly finished from 25 yards into an empty net after Godalming ‘keeper, Jamie Norris, came out to challenge his strike partner Kai Bichard.

Bloor was pleased with the pair’s performance. He said, “Their partnership showed signs it will be very effective.”

He added, “It was fantastic to see Nathan score a couple and it’s good that Kai is with us full-time now.”

Crabb’s second came on 18 minutes when his strong burst into the box was finished well as he slid past Norris.

Godalming were slow to get into the first-half and were reduced to 10 in the 37th minute when centre-back Damien Smith was shown a straight red for a professional foul on the pacey Nathan Crabb.

Crabb had earlier nearly grabbed a hat-trick when through again but his finish went wide.

After the break, the two sides cancelled eachother out. Eastbourne’s one-man advantage meant they were able to spring several counter-attacks, but each lacked a killer-finish.

Most notably in the 61st minute, after Bichard won the ball and laid it off to Sam Crabb on the right whose cross eventually found the run of Owen Kessack who blasted over.

Eastbourne were made to pay for these misses when Godalming’s late pressure was rewarded when Luke Denton put past his own ‘keeper in the 83rd minute, meaning for an exciting finish.

However, in the 88th minute, the floodlights failed and after the obligatory 30 minutes, referee Jason Richardson had no choice but to abandon the game.

Bloor added, “In the first-half we were outstanding. But we should have been leading by more than two by half-time.”

TOWN: Thorp 7, Denton 6 (Freeman 87), Storrie 7, Elliot 7, Fogden 7, Davidson 6, Kirkwood 6, Crabb S. 6, Bichard 7, Crabb N. 7, Kessack 7 Subs not used: Greenfield, Bolwell, Lang, Simmonds Booked: Kessack

Referee: Jason Richardson

Attendance: 157 MoM: Nathan Crabb – showed his real striking credentials

LEFT: Nathan Crabb celebrates his fruitless double at the Saffrons.

Pictured: Jack Gracie