Eastbourne Borough dropped down to 19th in the Blue Square South table after today’s 2-0 defeat at Sutton United.
It was Borough’s second consecutive 2-0 league defeat after last weekend’s disappointing home loss against Weston Super Mare.
This result could potential have greater significance for Tommy Widdrington’s men as this defeat was a Sutton side who are also struggling in the lower reaches of a very tight Blue Square South table - just six points separate the relegation places from the top eight.
Borough fell a goal behind on the 17th minute. Sutton attacked well down the right and the cross was flicked in at the near post by Henry Ottaway.
The second arrived in the 25th minute and it’s fair to say it was a tough decision on Borough.
Left back Sam Cole clearly seemed to poke the ball out for a corner but the Sutton attacker fell over the grounded defender’s leg and the referee awarded a spot kick.
Ex-Brighton player Sam Rents stayed calm amid the protests and slotted the ball beyond Borough man of the match Ross Worner.
Borough, the lowest scorers in the division, rarely looked like forging a way back into the match.
They created two chances in a poor first half and both were put wide by Frankie Raymond and Elliott Charles.
Widdrington’s men improved after the break as they tried to break down a Sutton side content with their two goal advantage.
Simon Johnson crossed for Charles but his header flashed wide and later in the half Charles had a decent appeal for a penalty waved away.
Borough are next in action against Bath on Tuesday night at Priory Lane.
Eastbourne Borough: 5-3-2: Worner, Johnson, Uddin, Rowe, Watts (Hamilton) Cole, Adelsbury, Gorman, Raymond (Smith), Charles, Ibe (Walker). Att: 507