Boro’ clean-up in Staines

Elliott Charles
Elliott Charles
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Eastbourne Borough striker Elliott Charles found the net once again for the Sports on the way to a 2-0 victory over a determined Staines Town at Wheatsheaf Park.

The Swans fashioned the most chances in the opening encounters with the best falling to Jordaan Brown, who’s brilliant cross across the face of goal was narrowly missed by several Staines players.

Staines came close again in the 31st minute when the ball was pinged around the box from a corner kick before being cleared by the ever reliable Anwar Uddin.

The home side kept up the pressure throughout the first half, but they just couldn’t break the watertight Borough defence, and on the 45th minute, Chris Shephard won a free kick off a Sports counter-attack.

Placed 30-yards from goal on the right side, Shephard whipped the ball in to the box and it eventually fell to Grenadian international Charles who finished with a fantastic half-volley to the bottom-left corner, giving the visitors a crucial lead, just before half time.

On resumption, Staines once again, garnered the greater share of the possession. They had their best chance to level at the 63rd minute when Tony Garrod found himself in space from a corner and headed straight at Borough keeper Ross Worner.

Only a few minutes later the Sports were awarded a penalty after James Walker was brought down in the box. The striker then took the perfect spot kick, slotting it in to the bottom-right corner at pace to give the travelling side a two goal advantage.

Staines kept pressing to find a first goal, but they couldn’t find a way through the impressive Borough defence and it was the Sports that took all three points in West London.

Boss Tommy Widdrington heaped praise on his squad, who haven’t played a league game since January 5 due to snow postponements. “I thought they all did brilliantly.

“To dust off the cobwebs after not having played for so long and come away with not just the win but to keep a clean sheet is exactly what we needed.

“From now until the end of the season, the games will come thick and fast. We now will have that little bit of extra confidence and momentum when we travel to Billericay on Tuesday.”

That well deserved win raises Eastbourne Borough up to 11th on the league table, however with 10 teams near the drop zone only seperated by three points, no one is safe at this mid stage of the season.

Eastbourne Borough: Worner, Hamilton, Raymond, Uddin, Rowe (capt), Watts, Gorman, Smith (Johnson ‘61), Walker (Ibe ‘80), Charles, Shephard (Cole ‘66)

Unused subs: Lok, Potter

Attendance – 323