A wonder strike from Ross Treleavan means Town overcame Crawley Down, the midweek conquerors of Eastbourne Borough, by winning 2-1 at The Haven on Saturday.
The Borough loanee winger produced a superb hooked volley to open his Eastbourne Town account in the 68th minute from a Scott Kirkwood cross for his side’s second goal.
Centre-forward Danny Curd had earlier put Town ahead in the 13th minute from a well worked move. Midfielder Matt Geard slotted a super pass to Treleavan in space on the left, who squared to Curd for a tap in.
Crawley Down edged out Borough in the semi-final of the Sussex Senior Cup on Wednesday, but were unable to put the Town defence under significant pressure in the first half, on a poor and bumpy surface.
They did, however, go close to equalising seven minutes before Treleavan’s stunner when Gabriel Odunaike went through on goal.
But his rushed lobbed effort was reached by the fingertips of keeper Kieron Thorp, who then beat Odunaike to the resulting bouncing ball.
Town did allow Crawley a route back into the game, when Nick Fogden’s raised hands came into contact with the ball, and gifted a spot-kick. Fraser Logan calmly put the penalty to Thorp’s left to make it 2-1.
Town then sat back and looked to counter, and went close to a third thanks to the persistence of Geard in injury-time when he latched onto a soft header back but poked wide.
Boss Danny Bloor (pictured) praised loanee Treleavan. He said, “It was always going to be a quick recovery from the defeat on Tuesday when you’ve got good players like Ross coming back from injury.
“His goal is one of the best you’ll see all season.”
Eastbourne Town: Thorp 7, Denton 7, Storrie 7, Elliot 7, Fogden 7, May 7, Davidson 7, Kirkwood 8, Curd 8, Geard 8, Treleavan 8 (Crabb 73’)
Subs not used: Watts, Hopkinson, Brooks, Hollebone
Referee: Simon Reuben
MoM: Matt Geard – a fine display from centre-midfield