Tate at the double to sink Littlehampton

Wes Tate scored twice for United
Wes Tate scored twice for United

Eastbourne United 3

Littlehampton Town 0

Eastbourne United put their recent home woes behind them with an emphatic victory over title-chasing Littlehampton at the Oval on Saturday.

Wes Tate scored twice and Jason Taylor was also on the scoresheet as United put in what was arguably their best performance of the season.

United moved up to ninth in Sussex Division One and became the first side to keep a clean sheet against a normally rampant Littlehampton.

It took until three minutes into the second half to break the deadlock but it was well worth the wait when it came.

After Peter Cooper was felled 20 yards from goal, playmaker Tate stepped up to nestle a trademark free-kick into the corner of Jon Hendrick’s goal.

United doubled their lead with half an hour on the clock as Tate and Cooper combined again. The ball was met by the onrushing Taylor who confidently guided it home.

Two became three ten minutes later when Matt Geard was brought down in the box and Tate duly stepped up to dispatch the resulting penalty with ease.

Tate was only denied a hat-trick through a superb stop from Hendrick but the hosts were comfortable winners anyway and walked off with three deserved points and their first back-to-back wins in two months.

United: Tanner, Capon, Lewis, Stevens, Featherstone, Pollard, Taylor, Summerbell, Cooper, Tate, Geard (Cole).