Town out of Vase as Elliott waves goodbye to Saffrons

Eastbourne Town in action against Erith
Eastbourne Town in action against Erith

Eastbourne Town bowed out of the FA Vase on the same afternoon that defensive stalwart Steve Elliot waved goodbye to the Saffrons faithful.

Elliott has been a central figure at the heart of Town’s defence since joining the club from Horsham in 2011 and paid tribute to the club following defeat at home to Erith & Belvedere.

“Not the result we wanted but went toe to toe with them. Proud to represent #ETFC Great bunch of boys and management. Will miss them,” he said on Twitter.

Committed as ever, Elliot signed off with a yellow card in his final game, shortly after witnessing his side fall behind to a goal from visiting striker Alfie May.

Tempers ran high after the opening goal as Matt Darby and Ryan Johnson also went into the book and Town were handed a way back into the game shortly afterwards. Aaron Lacy was dismissed for the away side after an altercation in the penalty area and Town were awarded a penalty. They were unable to capitalise, though, as Joe Dryer’s spot-kick was saved by keeper George Kamurasi.

Kamurasi was excellent all afternoon as others around him seemed to be losing their heads. The second half saw a host of tasty challenges and Sean Kelly, Matt Maclean, Danny Ellis and Jack Turner all caught the attention of the referee.

Dryer eventually got his revenge on Kamurasi with a poachers effort in the dying minutes but Damien Ramsamy scored in extra-time to send Town crashing out.

Town team: Nessling, Hollobone, Sutton, Maclean, Elliott, Kelly, Ellis (Turner), Darby, Clarke (Welch), Upton (Smith), Dryer