Nessling knock out forces abandonment at Saffrons

Action from Eastbourne Town v East Preston from the Saffrons on Saturday
Action from Eastbourne Town v East Preston from the Saffrons on Saturday

Eastbourne Town’s Sussex Division One clash with East Preston at the Saffrons on Saturday was abandoned on 88 minutes after goalkeeper Greg Nessling was knocked unconscious.

The Town stopper came to claim a long ball, collided with a visiting striker and woke up to find that the game had been brought to an abrupt end with the home side 2-1 down.

“I don’t really remember anything,” Nessling said.

“I’ve got a big bump on my head, a dead leg and a dead arm. It’s just one of those things. When you go into to contact you know you might get hurt but it’s just part of the game.”

“They say it helps to be a bit crazy as a goalkeeper and if you asked the team they would probably agree that I fit into that category.”

Danny Hand had put East Preston into a ninth minute lead before Max Hollobone nodded in Geroge Robinson’s cross at the back post. Hand hit his second with five minutes left before the game-ending collision three minutes later.

It is yet to be decided whether the result will stand but manager John Lambert wants the game replayed. “The County will ask both parties if they’re happy with the result and East Preston will say yes and we will say no,” he said.

“There were two minutes plus four minutes stoppage time left and we can score anytime. Anything can happen in football.

“We’ll be going all out for a replay and if the County says no we will probably take it further.

“At the end of the day the title could go down to just one point at the end of the season.”