Chris Shephard scored a fine hat-trick as Eastbourne Borough recorded a comfortable 5-2 victory against a sleepy looking Farnborough side at Priory Lane on Tuesday night.
Shephard struck early at the start of each half and then claimed his first hat-trick in senior football with a powerful low penalty after Gary Hart was bundled over in the box.
Borough were given a 4-0 thumping at Sutton last Saturday but it didn’t take them long to settle against Farnborough.
After just four minutes playmaker Shephard cut in from the right on to his favoured left foot and curled a delicious 25-yard effort around the despairing dive of Kevin Scriven and into the top corner.
It was just the boost Tommy Widdrington men required against a Farnborough side who had just beaten Whitehawk 2-0 .
Without having to try too hard Borough remained the dominant force. They created a few half chances, most notably for Darren Lok, but they failed to add to their tally.
Despite the visitors’ lack of energy, a 1-0 lead is a slender advantage against any side. The Sports needed another and it was that man Lok who obliged.
The young striker netted his third of the season when he avoided the offside trap, picked up Simon Johnson’s pass, rounded the keeper and calmly rolled the ball into the empty net.
The fans were happy and the young Borough side, with their confidence restored from Saturday’s defeat, trotted off for a much more comfortable halftime team talk.
The game looked over already as Farnborough surprisingly looked a spent force for the evening.
Even more so, for after just 60 seconds of the second half Shephard scored his second of the evening.
He found space on the edge of the box and his shot arrowed through a crowd of players and under the body of Scriven.
Former Fulham and Woking striker Elvis Hammond came on for Farnborough and injected some life into the attack.
The visitors applied sporadic pressure but that soon faded when Hart was bundled over in the box and referee Mr Butler pointed to the spot.
Shephard never looked like missing and he claimed a hat-trick - the first Borough player to score a treble since Andy Atkin bagged three at Woking in 2009-10 season.
The 4-0 scorline seemed the perfect response to Saturday but Farnborough caused some mild irritation when giant centre half Adam Doyle headed home from a corner with 10 minutes remaining.
Sub Elliott Levy restored the four goal-advantage with a fine run and strike but Farnborough’s Lloyd Macklin completed the scoring with a shot from distance that nestled into the bottom corner to make it 5-2.
After the match Farnborough’s Spencer Day accused the referee of ruining the game and while his side received a few iffy decisions, their loss was mainly down to their own poor display and of course the brilliance of hat-trick man Chis Shephard.
Borough: Ross, Tallack, Gorman, (Stinson 70) Aldred, Simpemba, Watts, Hart, Raymond, Lok (Levy), Johnson, Shephard(Cole 75)
Ref: Mr Butler