Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington was full of praise for Darren Lok after he came off the bench to bag a last-minute winner against Hayes and Yeading on Tuesday night.
It was the striker’s sixth goal of the season and the second time he has come to the Sports’ rescue after also firing in a 90th-minute goal to seal a win versus Farnborough last month.
Of his young star, Widdrington said, “The effort and determination the lad has showed to get in the position to score the goal epitomises the way the lads have played over the last four or five weeks to be honest.
“It wasn’t a lucky win at all. We did so much great stuff in the first 75-80 minutes, to have compounded it all by one little defensive error for them to get back in the game. We thought we’d blown it but my David Fairclough came on and got me the win, which was brilliant.
“He played from the start against Eastleigh and here against Dorchester and did really, really well. He keeps banging on the door and all I ask of my players, from one to 11 is to give me what they’ve got for as long as they’re on the pitch.
“I want my substitutes to have an impact, no matter where they go on, and tonight I have to say Elliott Charles was outstanding when he came on, as was Darren Lok.
“Hayes and Yeading came out of the blocks on fire but, after the penalty decision, I thought we were completely in control. Only for a bit of good goalkeeping and some wayward finishing, I thought we should’ve been two or three goals to the good.”