It’s another blank for goal shy Town strikers

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Eastbourne Town have now failed to score in 527 minutes of play after they registered another blank in a 1-0 defeat away to Herne Bay on Wednesday night.

A single second half goal from James Turner was enough to give the hosts all three points over an Eastbourne Town side who never really looked like ending their recent goalless streak.

John Lansdale slotted in at centre half alongside Steve Elliott who captained the side in the absence of Ben Austin. A somewhat makeshift defence was completed by Sam Crabb who played at right back again, after an injury to Luke Denton.

The visitors dominated possession in the first half but failed to create any clear cut chances for lone striker Danny Curd, with their play in the final third clearly lacking confidence.

On the widest pitch in the country Town, to their credit, tried to get the ball down and play their football but it was the home side who nearly stole the lead on 20 minutes. Turner broke in behind Town’s back line but his lob came back of goalkeeper Josh Pelling’s left hand post and rebounded away to safety.

Town had to wait until five minutes before the break for their first effort on goal when Dan Bolwell’s backwards header was tipped over the bar by Herne Bay keeper, Luke Prentice.

Just before the hour mark Herne Bay scored the only goal of the game.

James Turner running onto Michael Turner’s through ball, to fire across Pelling into the far corner.

Town’s best chance of an equaliser came with a quarter of an hour to go. A Matt Crabb free kick found Ross Treleaven unmarked at the far post but his downward header was well saved by Prentice, low down at his near post.

A disappointing night saw yellow cards for Elliott, Matt Crabb, Bolwell and Summerbell.

Town make another trip to Kent on Saturday, as they visit Sittingbourne, in search of goal and a win that may revitalise their flagging fortunes.

TOWN: Pelling 7, Crabb 8*, Sutton (Smith 7), Elliott 7, Lansdale 7, Strevett 6 (Summerbell 6), Hopkinson 6 (Greenfield 6), Treleaven 6, Curd 6, Bolwell 6 M.Crabb 6.

MOM - Sam Crabb - One of Town’s best players, especially in the first half. A great effort for his side seeing as he was out of his more usual midfield position.