Three quickfire goals help Borough progress in FA Cup at Waltham

Chris Shephard
Chris Shephard

Three goals in six minutes ensured Eastbourne Borough successfully negotiated a tricky FA Cup tie at Waltham Abbey.

Borough were 2-1 down and struggling against a previously unbeaten Waltham side who compete in the Ryman League division one North.

However, two second half strikes from Chris Shephard and another goal from Darren Lok put Tommy Widdrington’s men in the hat for the third preliminary qualifying round of the FA Cup.

It was a fantastic result for Borough, who not only banked a cheque for £4,500, but also proved they have the quality in their side to overcome a stern challenge from a fired-up and confident side on their home turf.

The Essex outfit took the lead after 16 minutes from Louis Bristow’s header but Charles Ademeno levelled with a cracking shot on the turn 15 minutes later.

It was all square at half-time but the home took the lead after the break when Clark Akers’ freekick slipped through the hands of Borough goalkeeper Nick Jordan.

At 2-1 down Borough boss Tommy Widdrington threw on Ollie Rowe and Darren Lok and it gave them the impetus they required.

On 75 minutes Shephard fired home a 35-yard free kick to level before Lok scored the third two minutes later.

Lok, who scored the winner against Basingstoke last week, shrugged off two defenders before finishing well.

Victory was secured on 81 minutes when Shephard despatched a penalty after he was hauled down in the box.

BOROUGH: Jordan, Hamilton, Noone, Uddin, Cole (Rowe 63), Gorman (Johnson), Adelsbury, Knight (Lok 63), Hart, Ademeno, Shephard.