Big home win puts United back in promotion hunt

Eastbourne United celebrate
Eastbourne United celebrate

Eastbourne United AFC are up to third place and back into the Division Two promotion places after completing a league double over Broadbridge Heath with a comprehensive 6-1 victory at The Oval.

United came into the fixture after three weeks without a competitive match and made three changes to the starting line-up that lost at Storrington.

Pete Cooper returned from honeymoon and Grant Harrison was handed his first start in a United shirt while there was a starting berth for Calum Sherriff after missing nearly four months of the season due to work commitments.

The visitors controlled the early part of the match and went ahead after 17 minutes when a United corner was cleared to Jake Holmes who crossed to Damon Aston who powered a header past Adam Sargent.

United soon found their rhythm and drew level after a Jamie Bunn cross found the evergreen Danny Simmonds at the far post with a diving header to score his first ever goal for the club.

Five minutes later United were in front after a low cross from Nick Barden was fumbled. Simmonds returned the ball and Pete Cooper scored from a yard out.

United hit a third on the stroke of half-time as Liam Baitup was left unmarked at the far post to stoop home for his 25th goal of the season in all competitions United netted a fourth when Bunn’s cross evaded everybody apart from Baitup at the far post who bundled the ball over the line from close range.

Jack Divall was introduced to the action with thirty minutes to play and it took him just two minutes to join the scorers after capitalizing on a misplaced header by Dan Attwater to head home from close range.

Divall made it 6-1 three minutes later when he intercepted a cross-field pass and ran through to unleash a powerful left footed drive across Elliott as United warmed up for the visit of Ryman Premier League side Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday night in style.

United: Sargent; Filsell, Harrison, Sherriff, Featherstone © (Catt 69), Stracey, Bunn (Del-Gaudio 59), Simmonds, Cooper, Baitup, Barden (Divall 61)