Eastbourne United continued their blistering start to the season as they recorded a third successive victory in emphatic fashion.
They’ve now scored 17 goals in their opening three fixtures and the attacking intent with which they approached last weekend’s scalp of much fancied Kent outfit Lordswood in the FA Cup was evident here from the off.
The tempo was ferocious, with United creating chance after chance and Jason Taylor, who showed great feet to round Saltdean goalkeeper Haig Kingston, unfortunate to see his effort come back off the post from a tight angle.
United didn’t have to wait long, though, as Tate found Jack Divall just inside the box with a cutting through ball and he duly fired into the bottom corner. They completely dominated possession and could have been out of sight after carving out a whole host of opportunities but all went begging.
However, they were a whole lot more ruthless in a second-half display that brought six goals. Tate, who caused problems for the visiting side all evening, doubled the advantage with a rifled finish into the roof of the net and Jason Taylor’s exquisite lob from Tate’s through ball made it three.
Casey Ham headed in Taylor’s cross at the back post just moments after joining play to make it four and Linton Rodgers netted five and six after showing great pace to burst through the visitors defence. Ham then wrapped it up with a composed one-on-one finish to cap a clinical second-half.
While assistant manager Scott Price was pleased with the result, United will be keen to finish games off early in future.
“I wasn’t too happy with the first half. I thought we were a little bit predictable. We started very well, got the goal, but after that we missed a lot of chances.
“We made a few changes at half-time though and I thought we were superb in the second half. But there will come times when we are 0-0 or 1-1 against stronger opposition where we will need to be clinical earlier in games.” Attendance: 73
REF: Anthony O’Brien
MoM: Jason Taylor (lighting pace on the wing and capped performance with a superb goal)