Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington admitted his side’s narrow defeat to Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday was ‘a bitter pill to swallow’.
Borough went down by two goals to one during the week as a double from Angels striker Chris Piper condemned the Sports to their fifth defeat in six league outings.
It was another late strike that proved the undoing of the home side as they conceded the deciding goal in the 80th minute, just three days after they’d been hit by a 95th-minute winner away to Weston-Super-Mare.
Widdrington said, “I think a draw would probably have been a fair result of the game and obviously we’re gutted not to take anything from it.
“We’re just not getting the rub of the green at the moment and that makes it a bitter pill to swallow.”
Borough went behind in the 38th minute after a fumble from ‘keeper Nick Jordan allowed Piper to poke home the opening goal.
And as the rain continued to pour, tempers began to flare with a number of dangerous tackles on the slick surface drawing fiery reactions from the players and forcing the referee to brandish eight yellow cards across the park.
Borough struggled in their search for an equaliser in what was a scrappy second half.
However, an inspired substitution from the Borough boss proved pivotal as Ellis Remy made his return to the Priory Lane pitch, firing home the equaliser in the 75th minute with what proved to be the Sports’ only shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Their joy was short-lived though, as Tonbridge grasped the winner just five minutes later.
A long throw from former Sport Ross Treleaven caused problems for Jordan, who managed to scoop the ball off the line but straight into the danger area where Piper was again waiting to pounce to ensure his side returned to Kent with all three points.
Borough: Jordan 5, Hamilton 7, Rowe 6, Uddin 6, Noone 6, Gorman 7 (Adams 86, 6), Adelsbury 6, Johnson 7, Hart 6 (Remy 60, 7), Ademeno 6 (Lok 65, 6), Shephard 6. Unused subs: Cole, Knight
Tonbridge: Worgan, Walder (Treleaven, 71), Muggeridge, Browning, Judge, Schulz, Miles, Piper, Purcell, Collin, Kember (Lovell, 84). Unused subs: Suarez, Koranteng, Chalmers-Stevens Man of the match: Ellis Remy Attendance: 415 Referee: Mr R Atkin