Easter derby stalemate for United and Town

The tackles were flying in as EastbourneTown and Eastbourne United battled to a 0-0 draw on Easter Monday
The tackles were flying in as EastbourneTown and Eastbourne United battled to a 0-0 draw on Easter Monday

Eastbourne United hosted local rivals Eastbourne Town at the Oval on Easter Monday, with both teams failing to score in a tightly contested draw.

The Bank Holiday saw fourth in Sussex County Division One in the form of Eastbourne Town take on 10th place Eastbourne United, with both sides looking to get one over on their local rivals.

Both Eastbourne clubs jostled for possession in the early parts of the game, looking to gain the upper hand but failed to get a foothold in the match.

The first half was a half of few scoring opportinities with the best chance of the half coming three minutes before the break.

United’s Joe Summerball played through Peter Cooper whose effort was well saved by the on rushing James Broadbent.

Both sides came out in the second half with more attacking intent and the hosts nearly took the lead after four minutes of the restart.

Playmaker Wes Tate’s driven cross was nearly turned in by Aaron Capon but the impressive Broadbent kept the scores level.

Seven minutes later it was Town who went agonisingly close to taking the lead. Captain Dan Smith played in George Robinson, but ‘keeper Russ Tanner stretched down to keep his side level.

With 20 minutes left in the match both sides pushed for the all important winner but a lack of quality in the final third coupled with an uneven pitch made it difficult for both sides to conjure any moments of magic.

The stalemate leaves John Lambert’s Town 19 points above United in fourth, but still nine points off promotion with three games left in the season.

After the match United boss Simon Rowland said, “We have played them twice now and we deserved to win both times.

“We created some good chances and their goalkeeper has pulled off two fantastic saves.

“We defended well but the pitch was unforgiving today. It made the quality in the last third really difficult.

“If the pitch was better we would have seen more chances at both end.

“I don’t think we left anything out there. No team has done the double over us this season which is important.”

Town have four games left to play this season, two at home and two away. On Saturday they travel to Horsham before a Tuesday night clash against high-flying Littlehampton.

United have just three games remaining with Dorking Wanderers next up for Rowland’s men at the Oval on Saturday .

UNITED: Tanner, Capon, Lewis, Stevens, Featherstone, Pollard, Taylor, Summerbell, Cooper, Tate, Geard

SUBS: Max Taylor, Corrigan, Ginno, Flood

TOWN: Broadbent, Duncan, Henson, Keehan, Turner, Kelly, Robinson, Hollobone, Clarke, Smith, Sutton

SUBS: Paul, Mugasa, Olujobi, Vidler, Nessling