Watson back on goal trail as Boro gain crucial point

Ben Waton
Ben Waton
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Eastbourne Borough gained another precious point in their fight to avoid Blue Square South relegation at Sutton United on Wednesday.

Striker Ben Watson returned to the starting line-up and was a menace to the Sutton defence particularly in the first half.

It was the former Exeter front runner who gave Tommy Widdrington’s side a deserved 43rd minute lead when he latched on to a through ball, rounded the keeper and expertly threaded his finish beyond the reach of the defenders scampering back to defend their goal.

Having played out an entertaining 0-0 draw with Sutton on Saturday both teams knew what to expect from one another.

But it was Boro’ who dominated possession and territory in the first with some stylish and flowing football.

Skipper Ollie Rowe and defensive partner Stuart Lacey continued to impress at the back and there was also a return for veteran defender Darren Baker at right back.

Baker replaced Marvin Hamilton-Omole who, as Tommy Widdrington said in his post match interview, had an ‘ankle the size of a water melon’ after Saturday’s match against Sutton.

Watson, who has been on the bench in recent weeks, was clearly keen to impress.

The striker hit the bar on 20 minutes and had a stinging shot well saved on 34 after good build up play.

Watson got the his play deserved just before the break but their was still time for the home side to hit back.

In the dying embers of the first half two Boro’ defenders collided with Sutton’s striker and Watkins gave Mitch Walker no chance from the spot.

Sutton were the dominant side after the break but Widdrington’s side have a steely resolve of late.

They were organised at the back and hard to break through which was far from the case earlier in the season. Sutton controlled the play for long periods but Walker was only forced into one real save of note when he tipped over the bar late on.

Matt Crabb almost nicked three points at the end when his viciously curling free kick from the right dipped just too late and shaved the top of the bar.

BOROUGH: Walker 8, Baker 7, Lacey 8, Rowe 8, Cole 7,Hart 6, Smart 6 (Charman 85) Anderson 7, Johnson 7, Crabb 6 (Brinkhurst 90), Watson 7. MOM: Mitch Walker - fantastic save at the end Referee: Ben Knight. Att: 472