Eastbourne Borough’s fine run of recent form came to end as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at St Albans on Bank Holiday Monday.
Borough had won their five previous matches without conceding a goal. Along the way they have beaten Gosport Borough, Staines Town, Bishop’s Stortford, Sutton United and Concord Rangers to lift them to 10th in the Vanarama South league table.
Confidence was sky high against a 17th placed St Albans City side who had only won once from their last 11 games.
But Tommy Widdrington’s men fell behind at Clarence Park with 21 minutes on the clock as Steve Wales unleashed a cracking volley from 25 yards out that flew into the net.
Lewis Carey, the Borough goalkeeper, was then forced to save from Simon Thomas’ header following an excellent cross from the dangerous Wales.
Gavin McCallum was unlucky not to score for Borough when his lob crashed back off the cross bar but St Albans added to their lead five minutes before halftime as Thomas calmly turned in Lee Chappell’s cross.
Thomas almost made it three after the interval as he latched on to a fine long pass but his audacious lob on the run floated inches over the bar.
The hosts did however make it 3-0 on 65 minutes when a long throw into the box caused confusion and somehow the ball crept in at the near post.
Richard Pacquette had Borough’s best chance of the second half but dragged an effort wide and Joe Welch, the St Albans’ keeper, was then forced into action as he tipped Jack Evans’ freekick over the bar.
Borough have just three league games remaining with a trip to Bromley on Saturday, before a home game against Farnborough and their final match of the campaign is at Hemel Hempstead.
Borough:Carey,Sessegnon,Beale, Watts, Simpemba, Kinda-Johnson,Haysman,Mccallum,Pinney,Evans, Lok Subs:Worrall,Pacquette, Botting, Aldred, Pring