Lambert: We were not up for the fight

John Lambert
John Lambert

John Lambert said his side looked like a team that have accepted their fate following their home defeat to Walton and Hersham at The Saffrons.

Town remain rooted to the basement of the Ryman League division one south on 20 points from their 29 matches played.

Lambert said, “What they dished up today wasn’t good enough; we felt there was no fight out there today,”

“If you’re not up for the fight, then go and we’ll get people in that do want to fight,” he added.

Town dominated the opening half and Dominic Clarke forced a save from Dane Buss in the first minute.

Ashley Robinson then had a chance to open the scoring after Richard Greenfield found him with a long pass but Robinson’s shot was punched wide by Buss.

The resulting corner fell into the path of Tom Howard-Bold who narrowly shot over.

Town were rarely on the back foot in the first-half but needed a brave block from Ross Sutton who put his body on the line to prevent Andre Scarlett. Eastbourne’s best chance of the half fell to Billy Medlock, Greenfield played a long ball to Robinson who put Medlock through on goal but he was unable to add to his 27 goals this season and could only find the side netting.

Walton and Hersham took the lead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time as a swift counter-attack and some lacklustre defending culminated in Nehemiah Adams finding the bottom corner of the net.

Following the restart, Clarke headed the ball into the path of Medlock who felt his resulting shot had crossed the line but the referee waved play on.

Shortly after, Walton and Hersham had doubled their lead through Vernon Francies, after a strong Sutton tackle unfortunately fell into the path of Francies who chipped the ball over Callum Christie.

From this point on, under the management of former Town boss Tony Reid, the visitors dominated and Adams added his second and Walton and Hersham’s third following sustained pressure, the ball fell into his path and Adams duly found the bottom-left corner of the net.

Town grabbed what proved to be a consolation goal when Clarke headed over the ‘keeper following Greenfield’s cross. Ross Sutton then went on a mazy run the length of the pitch was unable to trouble Buss’ goal and his shot was well off-target.

Eastbourne Town travel to Corinthian Casuals on Tuesday night before a swift return to The Saffrons on Thursday to face Herne Bay.

TOWN: Christie 7*, Cooper 5, Pacheco 5 (Hollobone 63), Davidson 5 (Schaaf 63), Elliott 6, Sutton 5, Greenfield 5, Bold 5 (Cumming-Bart 63), Medlock 6, Clarke 6, Robinson 5.

Unused subs: Joseph, Adebayo-Rowling.

MOM:Callum Christie - another decent performance

Att: 181