Eastbourne Borough produced another poor performance as they suffered their third consecutive Blue Square South defeat at home to Bath City.
Two first half goals and a second half howler from home keeper Danny Potter handed Bath City a deserved victory and keeps Tommy Widdrington’s Borough side perilously close to the relegation zone.
Having suffered back to back 2-0 defeats against Weston Super Mare and Sutton, Widdrington’s side were eager to start well.
On four minutes midfielder Charlie Gorman had a golden chance to settle nerves but side-footed an effort from 10-yards way over the Bath City bar.
A minute later Borough created another opportunity following a long ball pumped into the box. Skipper Ollie Rowe showed good skill to fire in a dipping volley on the turn but it was well saved by visiting keeper Jason Mellor.
The early chances were as good as it got for Borough and from here on in it was all Bath.
Potter, back in goal following Ross Worner’s return to parent club Aldershot, was forced to save well from Elliott Chamberlain following an error from Ben Adelsbury on the halfway line.
The opening goal arrived on 38 minutes. The visitors delivered a corner from the right and giant centre back Mark Preece rose the highest and glanced a tidy header in off the unguarded far post.
Lively striker Chamberlain proved quite a pest for the Borough rearguard and just before half time he added a second. Once again Adelsbury, back in the side after a spell on the sidelines, was caught in possession and Chamberlain burst through on goal and lifted a delightful finish over the advancing Potter.
Borough came out for the second half and displayed a bit more purpose. But once again the division’s lowest scorers by quite some margin failed to take any half chances. James Smith and James Walker both had opportunities and both finished weakly.
With leading scorer Elliott Charles hauled off at half time Borough lacked any real threat and it was little surprise when the visitors extended their lead.
Potter spilled a corner and Preece was on hand to poke home his second and Bath’s third.
Slightly nervous times for all concerned at the Lane.