Having waited so long to get his managerial career underway with the Saffrons based club, new Eastbourne Town boss, John Lambert’s first game in charge ended in disappointment.
The scoreline somewhat flattered the hosts and, once again, Town made things so difficult for themselves as they didn’t see out the match with a full compliment of players as their skipper, Ross Sutton, was dismissed late in the first half.
Lambert brought in a number of new signings for their debuts, one, striker Dom Clarke only signed on the morning of the game, just in time to be involved.
Ex- Burgess Hill Town Youth star, Tom Bold, and former Lewes player, Jamie Crone, joined ex-Albion, Chris Cummings-Bart and former Rye man, Marc Munday in a very new line up.
With regular stopper, James Broadbent, away on international duty with the British University team, Lambert brought in Sam Harris-Green to keep goal for Town.
Town’s defensive frailties cost them dear on the 15 minute mark, as a hoofed clearance was misjudged by veteran midfielder, Adam Davidson, allowing Liam Wright the opportunity to open the scoring. The hosts then doubled their lead ten minutes later with a goal of real quality.
Taurean Roberts produced a moment of magic, as he beat Ross Sutton on the right before lashing home an exocet of a shot that beat Harris-Green all ends up.
Things then went from bad to worse for Town on 39 minutes, as skipper, Ross Sutton was dismissed for comments made to the referee.
The game finished as a contest just before the break, as Merstham exploited the extra space as Sam Tucknott, tapped home a third goal.
Although Town tried to be on the front foot, with ten men it was a massive ask, and Merstham scored a fourth as Roberts met a Ashley Robinson cross to notch his second of the game.
While scoring, Roberts accidently caught Sam Harris-Green and he had to leave the game with a deep gash on his leg with John Lansdale taking the gloves.
Lansdale performed superbly and conceded just once by the experienced Tommy Hutchings late on, as the game was played out in a torrential hail storm.
On Wednesday night Horsham arrive at the Saffrons.
Town: Harris-Green 5 (Hollobone 62), Lansdale 7, Sutton 5, Davidson 5, Elliott 6, Munday 5, Cummings-Bart 5, Bold 7*, Schaff 5 (Clifford 72), Medlock 6, Crone (Clarke 45).
MoM: Tom Bold - an impressive debut