Fine run ends as Town crash to basement side

Eastbourne Town FC v Walton Casuals at The Saffrons January 9th 2013
Eastbourne Town FC v Walton Casuals at The Saffrons January 9th 2013
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Eastbourne Town’s fine recent run ground to a halt on Wendesday with a disappointing defeat to bottom-of-the-table Walton Casuals.

The Ryman strugglers won 2-0 and ended Town’s run of three wins and two draws from their last five games.

With Matt Crabb serving a one game ban, Town boss, Danny Bloor, brought in Mark Pulling as the only change to Saturday’s winning line up. Flu victim, Danny Curd and Adam Davidson, returning from a long term injury, were on the bench.

The Saffrons pitch looked very heavy following another day of rain and both sides made a cautious start to the game.

The visitors confidence grew but they were grateful to ‘keeper Gareth Williams for turning a piledriver from Oli Lockyer behind for a corner. The ‘keeper then made a super double save. First he saved well from a John Lansdale free kick then did equally well to tip over Dan Smith’s follow-up.

Town opened the second half well, with Aaron Hopkinson looking much more lively. He set up a chance for Lansdale but the midfielder shot wide.

Walton took the lead on 51 minutes. A poor defensive clearance fell kindly for Walton and they punished Eastbourne with some sharp play before the experienced Mu Mann filed past Josh Pelling to open the scoring.

Lansdale had a good chance but his shot across the goal went wide. Hopkinson did really well to get in the Walton box but, from his slide rule pass, Dan Smith’s shot was well blocked. The nearest Town came was from a Ben Austin header that smashed against the post following a long Lansdale throw.

The visitors wrapped up the result with a second goal on 79 minutes, again capitalising on indecisive Town defending. This time it was substitute Dylan Pascoe that scored from a tight angle.

Town: Pelling 6, Denton 6, Sutton 6, Elliott 7*, Austin 6, Lockyer 5 (Curd 70), Greenfield 5, Lansdale 7, Smith 6 (Howell 79), Hopkinson 6, Pulling 5 (Davidson 58). Att: 162 MOM: Steve Elliott - solid