Eastbourne Borough’s three-match unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt halt on Saturday as Dover Athletic left Priory Lane with a flattering three-goal margin but a deserved three points.
Building on the seven points they’d gained from their last three matches was never going to be an easy task for Borough against a Dover side who had only dropped four points on the road so far this season.
And Nicky Forster’s men were equally as ruthless on their visit to the South Coast, netting a hat-trick of goals .
Nick Jordan regained the goalkeeper’s jersey following the recall of loan signing Joe Day back to Peterborough, while defender Adam Watts made his home debut as the Sports lined-up against sixth-placed Dover.
Borough started the brighter of the two sides with Marvin Hamilton unleashing a long-range effort just inside the ten-minute mark that Dover ‘keeper Mitch Walker fumbled back into the box, only for David Knight to narrowly miss the follow up.
However, it wasn’t long after that Dover netted their first of the afternoon – a Ricky Modeste throw nodded goalwards by Callum Willock was tipped onto the crossbar by Jordan, only for Barry Cogan to tap in the rebound.
The introduction of Chris Shephard at halftime injected fresh impetus into the Borough side and they came roaring out the blocks.
However, in what was the most pivotal point of the afternoon, Jordan conceded a needless penalty just six minutes into the second half, bringing down Ian Simpemba near the by-line.
Ben May thundered the spot-kick in off the underside of the crossbar.
The timing and circumstance of the goal deflated the home side but again, they rallied. Knight and Remy were joined up front by the newest addition to the squad, Kezie Ibe, but they just couldn’t find a way through Dover’s steadfast defence. And with 18 minutes left on the clock, the visitors delivered the killer blow with a third and final goal.
Willock, whose pace, along with that of Modeste, had caused the Sports all sorts of problems, tore his way down the left wing before slotting past Jordan to seal the victory on a frustrating afternoon for Tommy Widdrington’s men.
Borough: Jordan 4, Watts 6, Cole 6, Adelsbury 5, Rowe 6, Uddin 5, Hamilton 5 (Shephard 45, 6), Noone 5 (Raymond, 87), Remy 6, Knight 6 (Ibe 52, 5), Johnson 6. Unused subs: Paul, Lok MoM: Chris Shephard. Att: 664