Goals start to flow for inform Boro’ strikers

Gary Hart Eastbourne Borough F.C. August 1st 2011
Gary Hart Eastbourne Borough F.C. August 1st 2011

With players now returning from early season injuries, Borough secured back to back victories over Boreham Wood last Saturday, followed by a convincing 4-1 win at lowly Thurrock on Tuesday evening.

Manager Garry Wilson kept faith with his team from the week-end, with Darren Baker included on the bench after serving a one match suspension.

Despite a disappointing start to the season, Thurrock began with vigour pushing forward with enthusiasm, but the Borough rearguard held tight.

On 36 minutes a long punt forward was unleashed into the home side’s half from keeper Rikki Banks.

Eddie Hutchinson controlled and outpace the defence to give his side the lead.

Thurrock had territorial advantage for spells during the first period as Borough battled to gain the upper hand, and it was the home side who struck next when Lee Boylan netted on 41 minutes.

But Borough were soon back in the lead when Ollie Rowe converted from close range following Matt Crabb’s corner.

Any concerns over the first half display were quickly forgotten as the second period got underway, with Borough dominant throughout.

Gary Hart and Hutchinson went close, before Hart flighted the ball over the advancing home keeper Holloway on 71 minutes to put the result beyond doubt.

The hardworking duo of Hart and Hutchinson were replaced by Carl Rook and Ben Watson.

Former Exeter striker Watson added a fourth with four minutes remaining when he expertly converted a low cross from winger steve Brinkhurst.

Thids was a good performance from all members of the team with a result that saw the team climb into a challenging position, only two points behind the play-off zone.

Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson said, “It was a decent display. There are still areas we need to tighten up on but overall it was better.

“The strikers are firing at the moment and it’s always nice to have options from the bench.

“Thurrock started off well but I thought we dealt with it ok and in the second half we were much better. We dominated the game to be honest and the signs are looking a lot more promising.

“It’s good for the strikers to be among the goals and we need to kick on from here and get a good run going.”

Borough: Banks 6, Charman 6, Rowe 7, Elphick 8, Cole 7, Smart 5 (Strevett 20 minutes) 6), Brinkhurst 7, Johnson 8, Hutchinson 8 (Rook 80), Hart 7 (Watson 80 mins), Crabb 7. MOM: Eddie Hutchinson - hardworking and a good goal Unused Subs: Baker, Camara

Att: 284