United lose out to impressive Town in derby

Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor
Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor

Eastbourne United ended their pre-season with a disappointing defeat at the hands of neighbours Town at the Oval on Tuesday night.

The Saffrons outfit proved too strong for their opponents, dismissing a bright start by United to eventually run out 3-1 victors.

It rounded off an otherwise successful pre-season for United as they prepare for their first competitive match of the 2012/2013 season on Saturday. The home side started off the better side, with Liam Baitup, Pete Cooper and Shaun Lee all peppering the goal in the opening exchanges.

However, a lapse in concentration allowed Town an undeserved breakthrough with 12 minutes on the clock as Richard Greenfield left United ‘keeper Adam Sargent stranded, knocking the ball over his head to give Town the lead.

Their lead was doubled not long after as Sonny Cobbs pounced on a rebounded ball in the penalty box and forced the ball home.

United replied immediately and managed to half the deficit with Baitup providing an audacious back heel to ensure United went into the break only trailing by one goal.

The second half was a much more one-sided affair as Town got into their stride, fielding a whole new starting eleven after the interval.

And it was their new summer signing from Eastbourne Borough, Matt Crabb, who sealed the victory by thundering a shot past an outstretched Andy Albon in the United goal to make the score 3-1.

United tried in vain to get back into the match but their Ryman League visitors held on for local derby glory.

For Town, it was the second victory over a neighbouring club after they saw off Eastbourne Borough last month.

As for United, they now turn attentions to domestic duty as they host Storrington on Saturday for the first fixture of the new Sussex County League Division Two season.