TWO fine goals by Ryan Hall enabled Eastbourne Borough to come from behind and eventually emerge convincing winners against a Hungerford team reduced to 10 men for most of the second half.
Jamie Howell’s men suffered the worst of starts, finding themselves a goal down after only four minutes. It was a goal that gave Town confidence and they looked anything but a side beaten in seven out of their previous eight outings.
Priory Lane punters are well used to frustrations on their own patch and the look on the faces of Saturday’s supporters as they downed their half-time cuppa was one that feared it was going to be another of those awful days.
But a 55h minute penalty was the pivotal moment. Yemi comfortably converted, Borough were in the lead and visiting Town were demoralised.
A superb finish from Dan Bailey gave Town their early lead. A shrewd pass from Danilo Orsi-Dadomo found Bailey whose low angled drive fizzed into the corner of the net.
That lead might have been doubled a few minutes later when Marvel Expetita’s long-range effort caught Mark |Smith a yard off his line. The keeper just got a hand to the ball and it bounced down from the underside of the bar. Hungerford fans behind the goal vociferously protested that it has crossed the line. Where were you VAR?
It was not a good half for Town. There were too many misplaced passed and too many sliced clearances from the back.
Charlie Walker forced Jacob Weaver into a rare save and Odubade fired over when well placed. But generally Borough goalthreats were few and far between.
It was a different story, however, after the interval. Just as Hungerford had found the back of the net after four minutes of the first half, Borough were to do almost the same in the second, Hall blasting home from inside the area after Kane Wills had nodded down the keeper’s clearance punch.
The goal inspired The Sports and when Kris Campbell was felled by Ekpiteta in the area, the visiting captain was shown the red card.
Facing 10 men is nothing new for Borough who have twice conceded three goals this season with their opponents a man short.
But lessons have obviously been learnt. The Sports swarmed back looking for more. They started to find their men with pinpoint accuracy and renewed energy and in the 76th minute a blistering drive from Warner following a perfect Wills pass made it three goals, and, more importantly, three points
Suddenly, the home supporters’ smiles were back.
Borough: Smith, Adebayo-Rowling, Campbell, Wills, Ransom, Gardiner, Cox, Torres (Blackmore 90), Walker (West 52), Hall, Odubade (Briggs 84). Unused subs: Santos, Earl.
Mom: Ryan Hall: two priceless goals.
Referee: Jack Packman.