Eastbourne Borough fail to impress in 3-0 loss Concord Rangers

Jamie Howell
Jamie Howell

Despite a promising start, Eastbourne Borough suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Concord Rangers as Jamie Howell’s side slip to 14th in the National League South.

Stacey Freeman, a recent signing from Lewes, made his debut at centre back for Borough.

He played confidently but overall, defending set-pieces will be top of Howell’s to do list as Borough conceded all three of their goals from corners or free kicks last night.

Borough had the first chance of the evening when Ryan Hall played a beautiful ball through to Charlie Walker but the striker couldn’t help but drag his shot wide.

Concord Rangers broke the deadlock 29 minutes in when a whipped freekick from Danny Green found Jack Midson who did well to peel off his man before heading the ball in past Mark Smith.

Concord were left frustrated just after the hour when their penalty appeal for a handball was shrugged off by the referee who awarded a corner.

The home side were not upset for long though as the resulting corner was punched out as far as Sam Blackman who laid the ball off to Nana Kyei and the 20-year-old spectacularly bent the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out.

In the 77th minute Borough had their own appeal for a penalty, also with a handball, but nothing was given.

Smith did well to save a header from Connor Essam in the 81st minute but Concord scored from the following corner when Midson did well to shake off his marker before drilling the ball in from 10 yards.

Borough are currently sitting three points off the play-off positions and will be looking to pick up valuable points when they travel to Bath City on Saturday.