After leading 1 – 0 then 2 – 1 against a strong Eastbourne Town side in the FA Vase 3rd round fixture, we unfortunately let the lead slip in extra time to eventually lose the game 3 – 2.
Richard Atkins continued his fine goal scoring season, netting a penalty early on to put us in front for the first time. We held the lead until the 76th minute, as with each Eastbourne goal we gave a helping hand to them. While the ball was being cleared, Shameek Farrell was on the floor feeling the pain of twisting his knee in the turf, this allowed Eastbourne to push forward once they won the ball back and counter us, a cross from the right was neatly headed home giving Sam I’Anson no chance of saving it.
We had chances to finish the tie off in extra time, but Atkins found the keeper in good form. 8 minutes into extra time and we were back in front. Atkins drove forward down the left and lay the ball of a plate for strike partner Harry Ottaway, Ottaway placed the ball beyond the diving keeper into the corner of the net to send the home fans into a frenzy!
Some crowd trouble took place which the referee decided to stop the game for, while the issues were dealt with, unfortunately this didn’t help our momentum. And when Frank Warren was harshly penalised for a tangle of legs in the box, Eastbourne had a penalty of their own. I’Anson had dived the right way, only for the penalty taker to slip when he struck the ball and it made its way just out of reach and down the middle of the goal.
We kept on trying to find a winner of our own, but it was to be Jason Taylor and Eastbourne Towns day, the ball was played over the top, on rushing I’Anson was unable to get a touch on the ball with his out stretched leg leaving Taylor with the opportunity to win the tie, we tried in vein to get bodies back on the way of the ball, but Taylor’s calm effort hit the back of the net and with that our FA Vase journey was over for another season.
Our first chance to make amends for the past 3 games comes on Tuesday night when we are away to Tunbridge Wells, they are offering FREE entry so get on down and support the team towards a big push in the league.