No AMEX Stadium date for slow starting Borough

Eastbourne Borough FC v Weston-super-Mare AFC at Priory Lane February 9th 2013.
Eastbourne Borough FC v Weston-super-Mare AFC at Priory Lane February 9th 2013.
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There will be no AMEX appearance for Eastbourne Borough this season after they were knocked out of the Sussex Senior Cup in Bognor on Tuesday night.

It was the Rocks, who compete in the Ryman League Premier, that advanced to the semi-finals of the county cup after a highly impressive first-half display against Tommy Widdrington’s men.

The Borough boss was forced to make changes from the side that recorded victory in Farnborough.

James Smith was recalled to the side and there was a starting role for Darren Lok following his match-winning contribution on Saturday.

There were also starts for Gillingham loanees Josh Hare and Nathan Nyalfi, with the latter partnering Lok up front.

The Rocks enjoyed the best of the early play before taking the lead on seven minutes.

A corner from Kane Wills was whipped into the box and Dan Thompson made no mistake with his header.

James Smith’s corner was headed narrowly wide by Anwar Uddin for Borough and then Thompson forced a parried save from Potter after Daryl Wollers’ through-ball.

The home fans got the goal they wanted from the returning Dodd on 21 minutes. Dan Beck won a corner, Axten headed the ball across the box and it hung nicely for Dodd, who headed in from close range. Wills tried his luck with a half volley but it was directed straight at Potter.

Bognor were well on top and went 3-0 up on 31 minutes. James Crane ran down the right to pass to Whyte, who just managed to poke it beyond the goalkeeper and into the net.

As Borough tried to find a way back into the tie, Smith chipped across to Simon Johnson, who headed over the bar.

Boyle received a backpass but got into trouble with his clearance and ended up tripping a Borough forward in the process of pushing the ball away. Boyle was lucky to only receive a yellow card and Ben Adelsbury drove in the penalty on 55 minutes for his first goal in a Borough shirt.

Bognor held firm and deservedly booked their place in the semi-final.

Their victory however, was marred by a suspected broken leg to Stuart Axten who was stretchered off on 70 minutes.

For Borough, this cup exit signals the third time this season they have been undone by lower-league opposition.

Borough line-up: Potter, Adelsbury, Cole, Hare, Rowe, Uddin, Johnson, Gorman, Nyalfi, Lok, Smith