Lok sneaks late winner

Eastbourne Borough v Maidenhead
Eastbourne Borough v Maidenhead

A rejuvenated second half performance saw Borough come from behind to claim all three points away at Maidenhead this weekend.

With the Sports trailing from a 15th minute Harry Pritchard goal, boss Tommy Widdrington’s second half changes saw Borough score two late goals and climb up the Blue Square South table into 11th.

Following a disappointing first period, Widdrington’s half-time team talk worked instantly and the Sports were almost awarded a penalty.

Jamie Smith burst into the box and drew a strong challenge, referee Mr. Holderness turning away a penalty and instead booking Smith for diving.

Smith and Chris Shepard continued to dominate the game for Borough, and a short free-kick to Shephard saw him fire over on 53 minutes. On the hour mark the Sports boss made his first change, seeing Marvin Hamilton on to replace Gary Hart with Simon Johnson moving into the middle.

The Sports looked good but the home side were solid at the back and matched Boroughs attacks, looking to clear long whenever possible.

With Borough on top but failing to test Jessie Joronen in the Maidenhead goal Borough made another change, Darren Lok replacing Anwar Uddin, again changing Borough’s shape.

Ironically this seemed to initially aid Maidenhead and Borough were lucky not to go 2-0 down, following a goalmouth scramble that ended with Kelvin Bosmann missing a simple chance.

But on 77 minutes Borough got their reward. Chris Shephard’s cross from the left-hand flank beat Joronen and Elliott Charles leaped highest to head home and level the score. With just three minutes remaining Shephard’s hard work chasing down the home defenders resulted in an error and substitute Lok was on hand to poke home the winner.

Widdrington commented “Last week we surrendered two goals when in front. This week was the opposite as we came from behind to claim all three points, I’m very pleased with that.”

Borough: Ross, Johnson, Cole, Uddin (Lok 70), Rowe, Watts, Hart (Hamilton 59), Smith (Gorman 88), Ibe, Charles, Shephard

Attendance: 241