Following the huge effort given in midweek against title favourites, Maidstone United, Saturday’s performance at Corinthian Casuals was somewhat lacklustre.
From being a goal to the good at halftime, Danny Bloor’s men ultimately found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline.
Despite being the better team and having more possession throughout, the visitors could not turn their superiority into goals as the normally reliable Danny Curd had an off day. On another occasion Curd, Town’s leading scorer, could have bagged four goals, such were his chances, but on this day his misses proved costly.
As so often this season, Eastbourne Town could, and should, have put the game to bed by half time. Their advantage was a solitary, headed goal from Ben Austin, his fourth of the season.
On 32 minutes, Austin, the best player on the pitch, put his side ahead with a header from a Matt Crabb corner. It was the least Town deserved but they still had to guard against quick counter attacks.
Danny Bloor was forced into changes as both Ethan Strevett and Ross Sutton were forced off with injury after 53 minutes, Dan Rogers replacing hamstring victim, Ross Sutton. Town conceded a corner after a good save from goalkeeper Josh Pelling and the Casuals equalised on 63 minutes from the rsultant corner through James Cottee.
The hosts realised the game was there to be won and picked up the tempo. On 70 minutes Matt Crabb blocked a shot brilliantly as he helped defend the visitor’s goal. Another Casual’s corner was well defended by Cobbs but, with 12 minutes left, James Cottee got the winner and his second of the game as he swept into the Town penalty box before expertly sliding the ball past Pelling’s right hand.
Town: Pelling 7, Lansdale 7, Sutton 6 (Rogers 53), Cobbs (c) 6, Austin 8*, Greenfield 7, Hayward 6, Strevett 6 (Berry 45), Curd 6, Geard 6 (Pogue 68), M.Crabb 6.MOM: Ben Austin - A big performance.