Eastbourne Town kicked off 2013 with a bang, shooting two goals past struggling Three Bridges at the Jubilee Fields on New Years Day.
The game had only just begun when a perfectly weighted long ball from Matt Crabb found Aaron Hopkinson who fired it in to give Town the lead after only a minute.
The rest of the first half saw the home side garner the majority of the possession and chances with the best one coming from Bridge’s Hassan Nyang who shot just wide of the post before the break.
After the interval it was Town who got out of the blocks quickest and on the 51st minute Richard Greenfield found himself in space on the right and beat keeper Alan Mansfield at his near post to give the visitors a two goal advantage.
Three Bridges nearly reduced their deficit straight away, after Nyang’s free kick flew over the Town wall only to land safely in the hands of Josh Pelling.
After making three changes the rest of the game was dominated by the travelling side with the best opportunity falling to Ross Sutton in stoppage time who shot just left of the post from mid range.
Boss Danny Bloor was thrilled to have followed up the 2-1 win over Burgess Hill on Boxing Day with another victory:
“Football is all about seasonal periods, we’ve had two tough games and I’m pleased we won them both.”
“Three Bridges are in a false position, (second from bottom in the league.) they try and play decent football and just aren’t getting the results at the moment.
“We kept a clean sheet today so a big plus has to be given to the keeper and the back four. Matt Crabb was once again superb.”
The win lifts Town to 15th in the Ryman South League and 11 points clear of the drop zone, however Bloor is not bothered about the side’s position at the moment. We have a few games in hand so I don’t tend to pay much attention to the table. We just have to follow the old cliché and take it one game at a time.”
The boys have little time to rest as they have a tricky encounter to get through against mid-table Whistable Town at the Saffrons on Saturday.
Town: Pelling 7, Denton 7, Sutton 7, Elliott 8, Austin 8*, Lockyear 7 (Pulling 73), Greenfield 7, Lansdale 7, Curd 7 (Strevett 81), Hopkinson 7 (Smith 66) , Crabb 8. MOM: Ben Austin