Borough are dealt a Boxing Day blow

Chris Shephard
Chris Shephard

Eastbourne Borough suffered their first loss in nine games as two goals from Danny Mills either side of half-time earned Whitehawk a Boxing Day victory at Priory Lane.

The Sports got off to the strongest start in the first half, with Simon Johnson’s low shot just pawed wide by Chris Winterton on eight minutes and Frankie Raymond narrowly missed the target with his header from the resulting corner.

Borough were asserting all the pressure on their Sussex rivals, but it was Craig Ross that nearly got caught out when Tommy Fraser’s 45-yard curling effort almost found the top-left corner and was just tipped over by the keeper.

From then on in the first half it was the Hawks that dominated possession and the share of the chances, constantly pressing in Borough’s half, and on the 34th minute the deadlock was broken.

David Da Silva’s second corner in a row bounced around in the box before falling to Mills on five yards, who calmly slotted past Ross to give the visitors the early lead.

When they resumed, both teams garnered their share of chances, with the best coming from Whitehawk’s Michael Richens who shot with power straight into the arms of Ross from 20 yards.

Sports’ Manager Tommy Widdrington brought on the attacking pair of Chris Shephard and Darren Lok in place Tom Derry and Jack Deaman to inject some pace in the game, with the Hawks making a similar switch, replacing Richard Rose with Jake Robinson.

It almost paid off 10 minutes later with Shephard’s low ball finding the in-form Jamie Taylor on the right who tried to catch Winterton out, but he blasted his attempt just over the top-left corner.

Although Borough continued to press in their opponents half, they couldn’t get many chances in front of the goal, and just seven minutes later they were punished again by the Hawks.

Fraser’s low pass rolled perfectly to Mills on 15 yards who turned and shot past both the defence and Ross, into the bottom-right corner of the net to complete his brace, to the delight of the travelling Whitehawk fans.

After having seen their recent form carry them to fourth in the Skrill South table, Borough struggled to find that creative spark throughout the match and the visitors will be delighted with their result, their first victory in 12 games.

There won’t be much time to dwell on the loss for Borough as they travel to Tonbridge Angels tomorrow (Saturday) where they will be desperate to regain their form heading in to the new year.

Eastbourne Borough: Ross, Tallack, Gorman, Aldred, Simpemba, Watts, Taylor, Raymond, Derry (Shephard ‘61), Johnson, Deaman (Lok ‘61)

Unused- Levy, Rowe, Stinson

Whitehawk: Winterton, Rose (Robinson ‘65), Hills, Maher, Lawrence, El-Abd, Da Silva (Gargan ‘86), Mills (Losasso ‘86), Richens, Parsons, Fraser

Unused- Cadmore, Addai

Att: 683