Johnson volley seals win for impressive Borough

Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson

Two second half goals ensured Eastbourne Borough recorded a crucial away victory at Bromley.

A Ben Adelsbury header and a wonderful volley from Simon Johnson sealed the win for an impressive Borough side.

The points proved crucial in Borough’s battle to avoid the drop as relegation rivals Billericay and Staines also enjoyed victory against Hayes and Yeading and Dorchester respectively.

There were no goals in the first half and it was Adelsbury who opened the scoring in the 53rd minute when he powered a header home from Jamie Smith’s corner.

Smith was introduced to the action early in the second half to replace Crystal Palace loanee Bayan Fenwick who picked up an injury.

Smith, who has struggled to establish himself since his arrival from Dover, fared extremely well in Bromley and was an influential figure in the second half.

But it was Johnson who stole the show with the decisive second goal on 76 minutes.

The Bromley defence half cleared following a cross into the box and Johnson caught the ball flush on the volley and his effort whistled beyond the home keeper.

It was a great team performance from Borough and Wycombe Wanderers loanee Georges Ehui made an impressive debut for Borough in midfield.

Elliott Charles almost made it 3-0 when he burst beyond the two central defenders but his shot, deflected by a last ditch challenge, was gathered by the keeper.

Borough had a decent shout for a penalty in the dying moments when Johnson’s shot appeared to be handled on the line but the referee waved away appeals then promptly blew for fulltime.

Boss Tommy Widdrington said, “It was a tremendous team performance today, from the front to the back. This is the result our recent performances have deserved.”

Eastbourne Borough are back in action on Easter Monday against Welling at Priory Lane (kick-off 3pm).

Borough starting XI: Potter, Adelsbury, Cole, Ehui, Wynter, Watts, Johnson, Aldred, Smith, Charles, Fenwick.

Subs: Smith, Raymond, Rowe, Hart, Lok

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