Eastbourne Borough debutant Darren Lok strikes to sink Basingstoke

Darren Lok
Darren Lok

Young striker Darren Lok made the dream start to his Eastbourne Borough career by hitting a late winner against Basingstoke at Priory Lane on Saturday.

Lok, making his first league appearance for the Sports, replaced Ademeno and fired home on the 84th minute.

The solitary goal proved decisive and ensured Borough put an end to their recent four-match losing streak.

Basingstoke certainly played their part in an enthralling and even contest but their cause was not helped as Nathan Smart was sent-off for two bookable offences after 71 minutes.

Boss Tommy Widdrington, who was so short of players and was forced to name himself on the sub’s bench at Salisbury last week, added three new players to his starting line-up.

In came central defender Michael Noone from Dover Athletic and midfielder Ben Adelsbury signed from Truro. There was also a spot for goalkeeper Nick Jordan who replaced Danny Potter and returns for Marvin Hamilton and Chris Shephard.

Striker James Walker was unable to play having damaged a cruciate ligament while of international duty with Antigua and Barbuda in a World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala.

Both ‘keepers were outstanding throughout and Basingstoke’s Ashley Baines will do well to better his save from Charlie Gorman’s powerful 25 yard volley in the first half. Baines was also at his best later in the match to deny an effort from Ollie Rowe.

Last week Boro’ were on the receiving end of a late winner but this week, thanks to the return of their walking wounded and the talents of debutant Darren Lok, Boro’ sealed all three much-needed points.

The win keeps Eastbourne Borough in midtable on 10 points after eight matches.

BOROUGH: Jordan, Hamilton, Rowe, Noone, Cole, Gorman, Adelsbury, Scowen (Johnson 89), Hart, Ademeno (Lok 64), Shephard (Gilbert 87).

MOM: Josh Scowen

Referee: N Lugg

Att: TBC