Champions find top form to beat United at the Oval

Wes Tate
Wes Tate

Eastbourne United AFC suffered their second home league defeat of the season after a 3-1 reverse against current Division One Champions East Preston

For the second weekend running, a former United player came back to haunt their former club as Evan Archibald opened the scoring when he reacted the quickest after Russ Tanner could only parry an effort from Hibbert.

Tanner had to be at his acrobatic best to deny Archibald a second as he turned a low effort round his near post.

There was controversy at the start of the second half when Charlie Osborne was upended in the box by Marc Pullan when through on goal, but despite being the last man, Pullan was only shown a yellow card; a decision that incensed both the United crowd and bench.

As a result, Simon Rowland was sent from the dugout and forced to watch the remainder of the game from the stands.

From the resulting penalty, the imperious Wes Tate struck the ball into the back of the net to draw United level.

Tate had the ball in the back of the net five minutes later, but his free kick was disallowed as the referee indicated the kick was indirect and did not touch anybody on the way in.

With just under half an hour to play, EP restored their advantage as Ben Farrant was dispossessed and the ball was crossed into Archibald who stooped down to head past Tanner.

Charlie Farmer secured the victory for the leagues only unbeaten side as he poked home a rebound from a free kick.

In time added on, Grant Thetford was dismissed for the visitors for alleged foul and abusive language towards one of the assistant referees.

The defeat leaves United in 9th place in SCFL Division One with 15 points from their opening ten games.

Next up for Simon Rowland’s men is the visit of Chichester City to The Oval, who currently sit in 14th position in the league.