Borough avoid upset to progress in cup test

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Eastbourne Borough marched into the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup with a solitary-goal victory over Horsham - but it should’ve been more.

The Sports dominated their clash with the Ryman Division One South outfit at Priory Lane on Tuesday night but were left feeling they should’ve notched a few more as it was just Elliott Charles’ 21st minute strike that separated them from their lower-league opponents in the end.

Borough started the encounter brightly, producing some slick movement and passing football that almost saw them take the lead in the 11th minute.

The visiting ‘keeper, Michael Hunter, could only watch Chris Shephard’s delightful delivery get nodded onto his crossbar, only for Kezie Ibe to head the rebound straight into Hunters’ arms.

Ten minutes later though, Borough did find the breakthrough they deserved as new addition Charles picked up the ball in the box, drilled it through a swarm of defenders and into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal to take the lead.

The second half was a quieter affairwith the Hornets rarely challenging the Borough rearguard - Craig Ross was untroubled in the home goal.

The Sports had to see out the final stages with ten men as David Knight picked up a hamstring injury after all substitutions had been made.