Basingstoke late blast denies Borough third consecutive win

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Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington’s patience must be at breaking point after his side conceded yet another late goal and dropped more valuable league points.

Borough were 2-1 up and looking set for victory after Ollie Rowe’s strike in the 83rd minute.

But as has happened so often this season, The Sports were undone by a late strike - this time in the 96th minute.

The point however, does extend Borough’s unbeaten run to three matches after winning their previous two.

Widdrington’s men are now 15th in the table having briefly flirted with the relegation places.

Borough were without the talents of Chris Shephard, who has been without doubt their best player this season and Gary Hart was also injured following their bruising home victory against Eastleigh last Saturday.

Simon Johnson, who is beginning to find his form after a slow start to the season, took his place in the midfield after passing a fitness test.

The home side took the lead in the 31st minute through Delano Sam-Yorke.

Robert Rice picked out Jordace Holder-Spooner on the right and his fine turn and cross found Sam-Yorke who nipped in ahead of Borough ‘keeper and Peterborough loanee Joe Day.

Ellis Remy replaced Ben Adams at half-time and the Monserrat international made an impact.

On 67 minutes his physical presence caused panic in the box from a corner and he tapped home at the far post.

Borough looked to have secured three points when an unmarked Rowe headed home Raymond’s cross.

However, with the very last kick of the game, substitute Stefan Brown latched on to a flick on and coolly converted to claim a share of the spoils.

Basingstoke: Bayes, Rice, Warner, Bergqvist, Gasson, Lake, Daly, McAuley, Sills, Sam-Yorke, Holder-Spooner.

Eastbourne: Day, Watts, Cole, Adelsbury, Rowe, Uddin, Johnson, Raymond, Knight (Hamilton), Lok, Adams (Remy), Noone, Jordan.