Shephard eyes FA Cup progress after inspirational hat-trick

Eastbourne Borough’s Chris Shephard was a happy man following his midweek exploits against Farnborough at Priory Lane.

Shephard was the inspiration as they trounced Spencer Day’s Farnborough side 5-2.

Chris Shephard makes curling a ball into the top corner from 25-yards look easy

Chris Shephard makes curling a ball into the top corner from 25-yards look easy

It took just two minutes for the winger to make his mark and set Borough on their way to victory.

Shephard cut in from the right and made the task of curling the ball into the top corner from 25 yards look simple.

It was almost identical to the strike he scored against Ebbsfleet earlier in the season.

Speaking after the match Shephard was beaming from ear to ear.

He said, “It was my first hat-trick in senior football and I’m absolutely delighted with it.

“The first was a nice bit of build up play actually.

“It went to Johno (Simon Johnson) and I just said ‘set.’ It was a nice little touch from him and then I took a touch and then just let one go really.

“Luckily it flew into the far top corner and it was nice finish and similar to the one that went in against Ebbsfleet.”

For Borough it was the perfect response to Saturday’s 4-0 pasting at the hands of an impressive Sutton United side.

Shephard added, “The Farnborough game away in the FA Cup really took a lot out of us. We had a little bout of illness in the camp and a lot of boys were feeling under the weather.

“We put in a good 90 minutes and with the travel and everything it just took that edge off us on Saturday at Sutton.

“It’s no excuse but I think you could just tell from our display that the boys were really tired.”

Another tricky FA cup tie now awaits the former Exeter player and he is determined to make further progress in the FA Cup.

“We are excited, the pressure is on them, they are at home, they are expected to win.

“But I think if we play the football we have been playing recently, then we will give them a real run for their money and hopefully be in the hat for the next round.”