Whitehawk level late to deny Borough on New Year’s Day

Tommy Widdrington's men were denied a late winner
Tommy Widdrington's men were denied a late winner

Eastbourne Borough had to settle for a 2-2 draw on New Year’s Day following an action packed battle against Steve King’s Whitehawk side at Priory Lane.

Borough were minutes from exacting some swift revenge on the Hawks following their 2-0 defeat at the Enclosed Ground just days before.

Tommy Widdrington’s men were 2-1 up with six minutes to play when Danny Mills poked home from close range to earn the visitors a points.

But there was controversy at the end as Borough substitute Richard Pacquette scored what appeared to be a late winner only for the referee to rule it out for a foul he spotted in the build up.

Whitehawk took the lead on 29 minutes. Kissock picked out Jake Robinson who cut inside from the right wing and fired home an angled strike that gave Lewis Carey, the Borough ‘keeper, no chance.

Three minutes later and Borough were almost level. Darren Lok latched on to a through ball and teed-up Dean Sinclair. His shot into the box found Gavin McCallum but he scuffed wide at the far post.

Borough were pushing for an equaliser and came so close when Haysman’s curling effort beat Craig Ross, the Whitehawk keeper, but smacked back off the bar.

Widdrington’s men finally got a deserved leveller on 42 minutes. Frankie Raymond, on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge, whipped in an inviting corner and Sinclair headed expertly into the far corner for 1-1.

Borough had the majority of the possession after the break and took a deserved lead on 57 minutes. After a neat exchange in midfield, Josh Hare drove forward and powered home an absolute beauty into the top corner from 30 yards - the ‘keeper was a spectator.

Sergio Torres came on for Bruna as Whitehawk tried to find a way back into the game while Khinda-John replaced Simon Johnson for Borough.

Borough tried to manage the game to its conclusion but the Hawks were a threat on the break. Carey had to be alert and was down quickly to save at the feet of Robinson after Danny Mills knocked down Deering’s freekick.

McCallum was denied by a last ditch tackle from Arnold after good work from Khinda-John but King’s men levelled on 84 minutes.

Torres played a clever ball to Arnold who crossed from the right and Mills was left with a simple, close-range tap in.

Next up for Borough is a trip to Basingstoke on Sunday, January 4.

Borough: Carey, Hamilton, Haysman, Aldred, Simpemba, Raymond, Hare, Sinclair, Lok, Johnson, McCallum. Subs: Worrall, Pinney, Pacquette, Taylor, Khinda-John.

Whitehawk: Ross, Arnold, Kujabi, Ijaha, Sankofa, Cadmore, Deering, Kissock, Robinson, Mills, Bruna. Subs: Gargan, Torres, Guyonnet, Abdulla, Malcolm.