Town late show breaks Loxwood hearts again

Promotion looks unlikley for John Lambert's men
Promotion looks unlikley for John Lambert's men
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Eastbourne Town saw their chances of promotion slip further out of reach as they were held to a draw at home to Loxwood on Saturday.

Despite staging a late comeback for the second time in less than a week, Littlehampton won 6-1 at Hassocks to extend their lead over Town to 11 points.

Leaders Dorking Wanderers also won, and although Town have two games in hand over them, they are two points further in front and as manager John Lambert admits, they have “a mountain to climb.”

Town broke Loxwood hearts last week with two late goals to claim the RUR Cup and the visitors were seemingly hell-bent on revenge as Shaun Findlay fired them in front in the 37th minute.

They were perhaps lucky to be in front, though, as both Kenny Pogue and Matt Darby had goals chalked off in controversial fashion prior to the opener.

Their lead remained intact at the interval, however, and Findlay took just ten minutes following the break to double the lead after a defensive lapse.

Findlay thought he had secured the cup last week with a late goal and it looked like he had the visitors on the way to three points.

But Town showed the type of resilience that could yet keep them in the hunt for promotion as Darby reduced the deficit to one goal with just nine minutes remaining.

And in the third minute of stoppage time substitute Layton Schaaf popped up to earn a share of the spoils to break Loxwood hearts once more.

Town: Nessling, Duncan, Hollobone (Robinson), Keehan, Turner, Kelly (Schaaf), Ellis, Darby, Clarke (Smith), Pogue, Dryer.