Eastbourne Town 1
New look Eastbourne Town returned from their visit to Sussex rivals, Horsham FC, empty handed after the experienced Gary Charman scored in each half to secure the three points for the hosts.
Town’s new boss, Kevin Laundon, stunned Town supporters by selecting his brother, Adam Laundon, in goal in preference to Greg Nessling and leaving striker Billy Medlock on the bench.
The host side opened the scoring just before the break.
A galloping run and cross from Lewis Hamilton allowed Horsham’s player/assistant manager Gary Charman to head in off the underside of the crossbar.
Town started the second half brightly and fashioned a chance when Charman was beaten by George Hiller Jones, he played Liam Baitup through but the striker fired straight at Hunter in the home goal.
Minutes later Charman doubled the host’s lead when a Miles Mitchell free kick found him in space and his shot beat Laundon, who palmed it into his net.
Almost immediately, Laundon took much too much time on the ball and was closed down by Gabriel Odunaike.
Town seemed lucky not to give away a penalty as the hapless Laundon pulled him back in the area but referee, Greg Reed, waved play on.
Town brought on former Horsham player Billy Medlock, replacing Dan Bolwell, as they changed their formation.
Medlock immediately started to cause the Horsham defence plenty of problems with his direct style.
After 69 minutes, his run down the right wing saw him beat three home defenders before putting in a pin point cross for the evergreen Adam Davidson to head home, to bring Town back into the game. This was the veteran Davidson’s first goal in over two years.
Town welcome newly-promoted Redhill to the Saffrons on Wednesday
Town: Laundon, Denton, Sutton, Elliott, Carruthers, Davidson, Hall, Strevett, Baitup, (Reid), Hiller-Jones, (Cole), Bolwell
(Medlock) Subs not used: Nessling, Cooper.