Mann helps United sink East Preston

Lucas Mann
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Eastbourne United ended a run of nine games without a win with victory at East Preston in Sussex County Division One on Saturday.

With players returning from injury, manager Simon Rowland was always confident of getting a reaction from his squad and that was exactly what he got after a ruthless second-half display.

Perhaps he was fearing a repeat after watching his side fall behind once more through Luke Martin’s strike but two of his most important players are now back to full fitness and showed just why the boss was so confident prior to the game.

Mann had two early chances in the first half but he narrowly overran the ball on two occasion as he looked to round the keeper.

Wade Eason, Aaron Capon and Mann all had further efforts saved by James Broadbent before falling behind but they would make no mistake after the interval.

James Messenger came on for his debut in place of Eason and the change had an immediate impact as Mann pounced onto a weak back-pass and went round Broadbent at the third attempt before slotting home from a narrow angle for his fifth league goal of the season.

Capon grew more and more influential and he breached the home side’s defence to put Mann through once more and he rifled a left foot drive in at the near post.

Capon was involved again as Taylor opened his account for the afternoon. After receiving Capon’s squared pass he hit a curled effort from 20 yards which just evaded the stretching Broadbent.

Mann was denied his hat-trick by a full length diving save, but a fourth goal came in time added on as Mann flicked on a goal kick from Tanner and Taylor ran through to slot home confidently and round off a fantastic afternoon for United who will look to kick on from here.

LEFT: Lucas Mann