Archibald gives superb Town a head start against Dulwich

Eastbourne Town FC v Ramsgate FC at The Saffrons February 9th 2013.
Eastbourne Town FC v Ramsgate FC at The Saffrons February 9th 2013.

Eastbourne Town gave their performance of the season on Saturday to stun high flying Dulwich Hamlet, comfortably running out 2-0 winners.

Two first half headers from striker Evan Archibald, combined with a faultless team performance, secured a super win for Town against second in the table Dulwich Hamlet.

After the reverse fixture, which Town lost 4-1, the home side were out for revenge against a Dulwich Hamlet team that could have gone top with all three points. The home side were without top scorer, Danny Curd, who missed out through injury, John Lansdale who had a badly gashed leg and winger Richard Greenfield was also absent, being replaced by Dan Bolwell.

could have gone ahead when attacking midfielder Matt Aldred went clean through on goal but visiting keeper, Phil Wilson, made himself big to block the shot away to safety.

Ten minutes later and it was Town who had a lucky escape, Luke Denton hacking Lewis Goncalves’ header off the line with Josh Pelling well beaten in the home goal.

The hosts went ahead through Curd’s replacement, Archibald. A quick throw gave Ross Treleaven the chance to cross and Archibald was on hand with a looping header to give Town a well deserved lead

They had goalkeeper Pelling to thank for ensuring their slender lead remained intact just five minutes after going ahead. The Town shot stopper pushing Daniel Carr’s close range effort on to the post with an instinctive right handed save.

As half time approached the visitors failed to deal with a corner and the ball found its way to Aldred at the back post and his first time volley, back across goal, found Archibald who had the simple task of heading into an unguarded net for his and his team’s second of the afternoon.

An expected fightback from a Dulwich side who hadn’t lost since October never materialised despite the visitors dominating possession in the second half, in fact, Town twice went close to adding a third through Bowell and Treleaven.

Deep into injury time, home full back Ross Sutton nearly added a fairy tale ending to what was a superb performance with a great solo run, which started from inside his own half but unfortunately for the left back, his shot fizzed just over the bar.

The win sees Eastbourne Town rise to 10th in the Ryman League table and Danny Bloor’s side have now won six of their last 10 games. They will now look to continue their good run of form when they travel to relegation threatened Horsham on Tuesday night.

Town: Pelling, Denton, Sutton, Elliot, Austin (c), Strevett, Treleaven, Bolwell, Archibald (Howell 90), Aldred, Crabb.

MoM: Ethan Stevett

Att: 201