There were a couple of dramatic sporting collapses last weekend and both made pretty painful viewing.
Just hours before young Irish golfer Rory McIlroy buckled under the pressure in the final round of the masters, the dying embers of Eastbourne Boro’s feint survival hopes were stamped out in cruel fashion by play-off hopefuls Fleetwood.
McIlroy’s hopes were dashed within an hour of his final round on Sunday but for Eastbourne it has been a longer and painful demise.
Mathematically it is possible for them to stay up but barring the miracle of all miracles Boro’ will be relegated and plying their trade in the Blue Square South next season.
But will Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood be at the helm to mastermind a quick return to non-league’s elite?
“That is not my decision to make,” said a battle weary Garry Wilson in the post match press conference. “After a 6-0 defeat is probably not the best time to talk about the future.”
Despite the final scoreline, Wilson’s men didn’t look too bad in the first half. They were strong and composed against a Fleetwood side hell bent on revenge after Boro’ sneaked a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture thanks to a Matt Smart special.
But Danny Kelly’s slip in the 35th minute started the rout as Magno Vieira set-up Blackpool loanee Keigan Parker who finished well.
A dreadful decision from referee Rob Whitton handed Fleetwood a second just before the break. Gareth Seddon’s cross was drilled at Baker in the box, Whitton bizarrely pointed to the spot and Vieira easily dispatched the penalty.
2-0 against a confident Fleetwood side into a stiff wind was not a disaster. But three more goals in the space of six minutes after the break certainly was.
First Vieira latched on to a long ball and finished well, Jamie McGuire hit the fourth before a comical Neil Jenkins own goal made it five. Jenkins played a simple back pass and somehow the ball ran under the studs of Rikki Banks and into the empty net. Substitute George Donnelly scored the sixth. Wilson added, “I cannot fault the players for passion and effort, individual errors cost us.”
BORO: Banks 4, Baker 5, Austin 6, Kelly 5, Jenkins 6, Taylor 5, Hutchinson 5, (Weatherstone 81), Smart 5, Crabb 6, Purcell 5 (Brinkhurst 65) Pacquette 4. Subs not used: Strevett, Johnson. MOM: M Crabb - some good touches. FLEETWOOD: Hurst, Beeley, Gregan, McNulty (Cavanagh) Brown, Parker, Barry, McGuire, Clancy (Harvey 82), Vieira, Seddon (Donnelly 69).
REF: Rob Whitton 3, Att: 864