Two pearls from Town sink the Oystermen

Eastbourne Town celebrate
Eastbourne Town celebrate

Two superb second half goals earned Eastbourne Town a third successive Ryman League victory on Saturday, as they won 2-0 in convincing style against Whitstable Town

This despite having to endure a 25 minute hold up in play due to floodlight issues.

The Referee, Nolan Wilde, allowing emergency repairs to be carried out as the first half ended.

Dan Smith, making his full debut, put the hosts ahead on 66 minutes with a quality individual goal that came out of nothing, and John Lansdale secured the three points with a spectacular chest trap and volley after 77 minutes.

Those Town supporters in the crowd of 187 went home happy after seeing their side totally dominate the second period after a fairly sterile first half.

Smith’s first goal for his new Club was fashioned out of his own hard work. Having won the ball from his marker on the halfway line, Smith burst forward, drawing the visiting keeper, Nick Shaw, from his goal before curling an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the Whitstable net. He will do well to better this goal in a Town shirt.

The effervescent John Lansdale capped another busy performance with another goal of exceptional, individual skill and ability. The midfielder took a ball on his chest before dispatching a super volley over the helpless Shaw in the visitor’s goal.

Town, by now rampant, could have rattled up more goals as they broke through the Whitstable defence almost at will, however, decent defending and some poor finishing meant there were no more goals for the home fans to cheer. It seemed they were more than delighted with the two that they had seen though.

TOWN: Pelling 7, Denton 7, Austin 8, Elliott 8, Sutton 7, Lockyer 7, Greenfield 8*, Lansdale 8 (88), Smith 8 (Howell 68), Hopkinson 7 (Geard 80), Crabb 7

Att: 187