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NEXT FIRST TEAM GAME:
FA Challenge Vase
Eastbourne Town v Erith & Belvedere
Saturday 1 November 2014
Kick off 3pm at The Saffrons
SCFL Division 1
East Preston 1 Eastbourne Town 4
Tuesday 28 October
Eastbourne Town went second in the league with an impressive win at East Preston. The East Preston team is in the process of being rebuilt, and indeed contained a few old Town players, but despite their quality they lacked cohesion. Town dominated the first half, but couldn't turn possession into goals, failing to convert three good chances. Nil nil at half time, howver the second half was a different story with Town going ahead just one minute into the second period. An innocuous through ball led to a mix up between the East Preston goalkeeper and centre back, which let in Liam Upton to finish easily. Eight minutes later Sean Kelly made it two and the fight seemed to go out of East Preston. Matt McLean made it three on 57 minutes, but the best was yet to come with the fourth goal being a peach. A lovely exchange of passes in midfield released Max Hollobone down the right and his fantastic turn of pace took him to the byeline. Despite still being at speed he clipped in a perfect cross for Dom Clarke to power into the net. A goal of beauty. Credit to East Preston for a final rally and consolation goal from Shaun Charles. However a deserved win and another spirited performance from Town!
Eastbourne Town team: Nessling, Hollobone, Sutton, McLean, Elliott, Kelly, Ellis, Darby, Clarke, Upton, Dryer. Subs: Summerbell, Radley, Turner.
East Preston team : Broadbent, Piper, Strong, Akehurst, Cody, Mbaye, Miles, Agnoly, Martin, Death, Charles. Subs: Hartley, King, Brand, Cuncliff, McAruther.
RUR Charity Cup
HAYWARDS HEATH TOWN FC V EASTBOURNE TOWN FC
4th November 2014
Due to Haywards Heath Town FC experiencing problems with their floodlights the above game will be played at St Francis Rangers FC, Colwell Ground, Princess Royal Hospital, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4EX with a kick off time of 7.15pm
Youth result: Eastbourne Town 2 Horsham 4
Reserves result: Steyning 4 Eastbourne Town 0
Ladies result: Hassocks 0 Eastbourne Town 3
SCFL Division 1
Eastbourne Town 3 Dorking Wanders 3
Saturday 25 October 2014 at The Saffrons
goal scorers: Charlie Pitcher 7 Kev Terry 27 Luke Pidgeon 66
Eastbourne goal scorers: McLean 73 84 Liam Upton 68
Eastbourne Town in action against Dorking Wanders
Eastbourne Town started a seven day period containing three important games with a home league game against Dorking Wanderers who they had lost to on the first day of the season. Despite the recent run of wins Town started poorly and Dorking went ahead on 7 minutes through Charlie Pitcher. There was no response from Town and Dorking continued to dominate the half going two ahead after 27 minutes with a goal from Kevin Terry, albeit from a disputed free kick. Town came out in the second half with a bit more intent but Dorking continued to look the most likely to score and this they did on 66 minutes when a move down the right was crossed and poor marking left an easy finish at the far post for Luke Pidgeon. Within a minute of this goal the game then turned on a foul committed by Dorking and the subsequent sending off of Town’s Steve Elliot. Elliot wasn’t involved in the incident and his sending off baffled both the crowd and the player himself. With Town down to ten men and three nil up Dorking looked home and dry, however the perceived injustice of the sending off spurred Town on. They started getting first to the ball and going forward with intent. Within minutes of the sending off Town worked the ball to the right byeline and cut the ball back for Liam Upton to stroke the ball into the net through a crowd of players. Five minute later a through ball saw Matt McLean get to the ball just before the Dorking keeper and loft it sweetly over his head and into the net. Town pushed on again but Dorking rallied and seemed to have stemmed the tide. But Town didn’t give up and on 84 minutes the ball rattled across the Dorking six yard box invitingly, then seemed to have gone too wide, but as the crowd held their breathe it was again McLean who pounced and smashed the ball in from the tightest of angles. There was only one last controversial incident before the final whistle when the Dorking keeper aggressively pushed over a Town player twice off the ball but the incident was not seen by the referee and a period of some confusion ensued. To sum up not Town’s best game of the season but the fightback was a great display of team spirit and a point saved. Well done Town!
Manager John Lambert commented, “Nobody can question the character of this team now. From the jaws of defeat we’ve come back and it was a fantastic comeback.”
Eastbourne Town team: Nessling, Henson, Sutton, McLean, Elliott, Kelly, Ellis, Darby, Clarke, Baitup, Dryer. Subs: Hollobone, Upton, Summerbell, Radley.Dorking Town team: Faith, Hill, Robinson, Fitzgibbon, Willis, Bradley, Beckles, Coleman, Pitcher, Terry, Pidgeon. Subs: Jee, Janal, Duff, Brown, Boulter.
Parafix Sussex Senior Cup: Eastbourne Town first team will play Horsham YMCA away in the second round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday 18 November kick off 7.30pm.
SCFL Division 1
East Preston 1
Eastbourne Town 4
Tuesday 28 October
Compton Place Road
Under 16s get in free for league games but are charged £2 for cup games. ID required.