Eastbourne Town eased to a 3-1 victory against Ryman League strugglers Horsham on Tuesday night.
On a cold and crisp evening, Town weren’t able to match Saturday’s high-quality performance against Dulwich but they didn’t need to against a Horsham side that played with 10 men for more than 70 minutes.
Danny Bloor’s side recorded their fourth straight win, as they look to target a late season push for 5th spot in the table and a place in the League play offs.
Ross Treleaven and Matt Aldred had early chances that came and went but Horsham took the early initiative, scoring in quite bizarre circumstances on 15 minutes. Ross Sutton’s pass back looked innocent enough until it took a wicked bobble that caused Josh Pelling to miscue and slip over, gifting Aaron Scott the easiest of chances to open the scoring.
The host’s joy was shortlived as within three minutes they found themselves down to 10 men after Jordon Clarke, making his home debut, was dismissed for throwing a punch at Luke Denton. Town took a little while to find their rhythm and range but, once they did, the game’s outcome was never in doubt.
Town’s equaliser came on 33 minutes from Treleaven who headed home powerfully from Matt Crabb’s delicious free kick. This was the first in a series of strong Town attacks as Ethan Strevett’s jinking run and shot drew a good save from Hunter in the Horsham goal.
The best passage of play in the first half ended with Dan Bolwell superbly curling a 25 yarder past Hunter just moments before the break.
The last action of the half saw Pelling make an outstanding save, pushing Scott’s goalbound header over the bar, to keep his side in front.
The visitors spurned a great chance to extend their lead as Evan Archibald headed wide from two yards before Matt Aldred finally put the game out of Horsham’s reach on 76 minutes, following a solo run and a shot that was dispatched from the edge of the box.
The team performance was more workmanlike than spectacular but three super goals were scored to go with the three points earned.
A good night’s work by Eastbourne Town nicely sets up Saturday’s game at home to Faversham Town.
TOWN: Pelling 6, Denton 6, Sutton 7, Elliott 7, Austin 7, Strevett 6 (O’Callaghan 70), Treleaven 6, Bolwell 6 (Greenfield 55), Archibald 6 (Howell 78), Aldred 7, Crabb 8* MOM: Matt Crabb - influential, experienced and effective.