Bloor and Wilson enjoy victory thanks to Geard

Matt Geard celebrates a winner
Matt Geard celebrates a winner

Eastbourne Town returned to winning ways on Wednesday evening as they came from behind to beat visiting Merstham.

Having lost back to back games in disappointing fashion, Town boss, Danny Bloor got the spirited response he asked of his players.

Bloor also had his new assistant manager Garry Wilson alongside him in the home dugout, as the hosts looked for a third home win in four games this season.

Bloor also had the experienced Garry Wilson alongside him in the home dugout, as the hosts looked for a third home win in four games this season. Town made most of the early running with the visitors content to defend deeply whilst looking to counter attack quickly.

Eastbourne opened the scoring on 18 minutes following brilliant wing play from Richard Greenfield. Having mesmerized his marker with his quick feet, Greenfield skipped past at pace and delivered a super cross that was met full tilt by the excellent Danny Curd.

Curd’s header smashed against the post but fell kindly for Sonny Cobbs who reacted quickest to steer the ball home for his second goal of the season.

Fabio Saraiva brought the scores level with a shot from the edge of the box that eluded goalkeeper Sam Reed’s dive. The visitors opened the second period with more purpose and carried the game to Town. On 55 minutes, a brilliant, last ditch saving tackle from Ben Austin saved Town from going behind but, from the resulting corner, Merstham’s big centre back, Tutu Henriques, climbed highest to head his team in front.

Just after the hour mark, Danny Curd was fouled some 30 yards from goal. From the free kick, Matt Crabb delivered a super far post cross that was met brilliantly by Austin. His clever header back, looped over the outstretched arms of Dave Wilkinson to restore parity.

With the game open and both sides going for a winner, Danny Bloor used his substitutes to breath fresh life into his side.

Ben Billings and Sam Crabb replaced Cobbs and Greenfield with 15 minutes left. Five minutes later John Lansdale’s long throw in, was met by the ever wily Matt Geard who got across the ‘keeper to help the ball into the net

Town: Reed 7, Lansdale 7, Sutton 7, Austin 7, Fogden 7, Greenfield 7, May 7, Strevett 7, Curd 8*, Cobbs 7, M.Crabb 7. Subs: Geard 7 (for Curd 63mins), Billings 7 (for Cobbs 71), S.Crabb 7 (for Greenfield 73) MOM: Danny Curd - excellent at leading the line Att 153