Despite their recent successes in Cup games, vital Ryman League points continue to prove elusive for Eastbourne Town as they lost the battle of the basement boys on Saturday.
They ended the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline against Chipstead. Town boss, Tony Reid continued his overhaul of playing staff by giving a debut to ex-Horsham Kery Kedze, as he looked to breathe life into Town’s disappointing start to the season.
Veteran midfield enforcer, Adam Davidson, was on the bench as Reid fielded an attack minded formation.
The hosts failed to make anything of two early chances when the debutant, Kery Kedze, blasted wildly over the bar having been played in by Richard Greenfield. Soon after, the experienced Rocky Baptiste saw his powerful header well saved by Antony Hall in the Chipstead goal.
The Chips went ahead on 18 minutes from the penalty spot, after a controversial hand ball decision from the match referee, Greame Irons. Town centre-back, Sasha Mybae, was harshly adjudged to have handed the ball and the decision gave Danny Moody a penalty he easily converted .
Town levelled just after the half hour mark, when Rocky Baptiste headed past Antony Hall in the Chipstead goal from a super Kedze cross.
This gave Town the impetus but, with the game moving towards the half time break, Stef Joseph restored the Chips lead in yet move controversial circumstances. With the ball in the back of Nessling’s net, Town were appealing for, and expecting a free kick for a foul on Ross Sutton from an aerial duel, however, Mr Irons once again upset the home fans by awarding the goal for the visitors. In the second period, the game became disjointed.
Having missed a number of half chances, the industrious Billy Medlock had a great chance to restore parity, having been played in by Matt Hall, but Chipstead’s Hall just managed to fingertip the ball away for a corner kick.
It wasn’t until the dying minutes that Chipstead had an opportunity to add to their tally when, following a swift counter attack, they hit the Town bar before seeing the follow up headed around the post, in what was their only chance in the second half.
For all their effort and endeavour, Town remain rooted at the bottom of the league and their next two fixtures aren’t the easiest they will face this season. Town must dust themselves down for tonight’s FA Trophy replay at Ryman Premier, East Thurrock while on Saturday, they visit South Division table toppers, Walton Casuals.
Town: Nesling 6, Salami 5, Sutton 5, Hall 7*, Mybae 5, Pollard 5, Greenfield 5, Gee 6 (Howell 5), Baptise 6, Medlock 5, Kedze 5 (Davidson 5) Unused subs: Brown, Schaaf, Johnson-Freeman MOM: Matt Hall - getting back to his best form Att: 112