Second half comeback is too little, too late for Town

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Eastbourne Town left it too late to recover from a game which saw their opponents Leatherhead score three times in the opening 31 minutes. Late goals from John Lansdale and Kenny Pogue gave the Saffrons encouragement, but the clock beat them and they lost their third match in a row.

The visitors never settled in the first half and multiple chances came the way of the Tanners who opened their account after just five minutes, Mark Simmons tapping home a pass from striker Mark Bradbrook.

Town’s best chances came at the 11th minute when Richard Greenfield found himself in space on the right wing and delivered a perfect ball past the goal but unfortunately no one was there to connect to it. John Lansdale also had a half chance a few minutes later which saw his 20 yard strike fly just over the bar.

Leatherhead extended their lead to 3-0 with two more goals coming from the in-form Bradbrook, the first of which was a brilliant strike from 25 yards which curved into the top-left corner of the net.

After the break Eastbourne were still unable to make any headway in the game so three substitutes within 10 minutes were made by manager Danny Bloor. Straight away the visitors took more of the possession and on the 72nd minute Lansdale curled a beautifully struck free-kick over the Leatherhead wall to keep his team’s hopes alive.

Another goal followed just eight minutes later when another Saffrons free-kick was flicked on to Kenny Pogue who finished with style into the top corner from a tricky angle.

It was starting to look like Eastbourne Town could still get something out from this game but in the end they left it too late and it was Leatherhead who took all three points at Fetcham Grove, condemning the visitors to their third successive defeat and moving them down to 9th in the Ryman League Division One South table.