Borough drop into bottom three after more late agony

Back to the drawing board for boss Tommy Widdrington and Alan Kimble
Back to the drawing board for boss Tommy Widdrington and Alan Kimble

Eastbourne Borough conceded yet another late goal this time against Sutton United as they recorded their sixth defeat from their last seven league matches.

The 1-0 home defeat drops Tommy Widdrington’s men into the bottom three of the Blue Square South following a dismal run of results.

It’s the fifth time this season the curse of the late goal has gone against Borough.

It happened at Dorchester, Salisbury, Weston Super Mare and also during the FA Cup on Tuesday night in Hendon on Tuesday.

The late goals are proving a real problem for Widdrington who watched this match from the stands. Today’s goal was the latest one yet as it arrived in the 95th of an entertaining and well contested match.

After the FA Cup agony in Hendon, Borough needed a decent start and they got a lucky break after three minutes.

Home striker David Knight went down in the box after minimal contact with the keeper and the referee awarded a penalty.

Chris Shephard, who has been one of Borough’s more reliable performers this season, struck a decent spot kick but the ‘keeper guessed the right way and pulled off a very smart save to keep the scores all-square.

Widdrington’s men played well in the first half and looked dangerous but the failed to trouble the Sutton goalkeeper in the first half.

After the break a Shephard free kick was clawed away on 49 minutes and that was their last note-worthy attempt on goal.

The away side finished the match stronger and nearly scored on 91 minutes. Craig Watkins was clean through on goal, his effort was saved by Jordan and the ball bounced on to the crossbar and way to safety.

Borough thought they had escaped but Sutton were not to be denied.

95 minutes were on the clock when the ball was pumped into the box and Watkins was left unmarked to roll the ball home.

Borough: Jordan, Hamilton, Cole, Uddin (Paul 90), Rowe, Adelsbury, Johnson (Remy 78), Gorman (Adams 66), Knight, Lok, Shephard.

Att: 618