Teams: Eastbourne Borough B, Hastings B, Battle, Ringmer, Burwash and Bexhill B
Hastings (B) 5 v Eastbourne Borough (B) 4 4th October 21
Our league Team played in a fabulously entertaining match against a decent Hastings side on a wet blustery evening at Bohemia Road.
The match started at a frantic pace with the ball zipping off a very fast surface. Hastings had an early chance resulting in a rightfully disallowed goal for running. Borough soon adjusted to the conditions and were tactically astute against a well organized side.
The defence of Gary Farthing and Mike Richardson were resolute and Terry Bellamy scored the opener with a fabulous shot from a tight angle and the Borough went on to take a 3-0 half time lead with two goals from Tom Chapman.
There was a feeling that the game was comfortably going Borough's way but two second half Hastings substitutions changed the shape and focus of the home team. Borough made good use of their squad: Les Ward came on for Mike Richardson, who had played superbly alongside Gary Farthing; and Ahmad Lalmahomed and Antonio Forte were used as rolling substitues in a well-balanced team.
The second half was scintillating with Hastings fighting their way back with 4 goals but the Borough scored at crucial times to maintain a lead with a full time score of 5-4 in favour of the visitors, after more goals for Terry Bellamy and Tom Chapman with crucial assists from Antonio Forte.
It's hard to nominate a man of the match in such a good team display but special mention for a true captain's performance from Terry Bellamy and of course hat trick hero Tom.
Also a mention for the referee Jesse - a good performance with the whistle in a well mannered game played in a good spirit .
Borough B squad: Tony Edwards, Gary Farthing, Mike Richardson,
Les Ward, Terry Bellamy (Captain), Ahmad Lalmahomed, Tom Chapman, Antonio Forte
Ringmer 0 v Eastbourne Borough (B) 1 11th September 21
An autumnal evening game against a good Ringmer side, on an exceptionally good surface at a modern new ground saw Borough win a hard fought game against a well organized team.
The home squad set out their stall with a three man defence which our forward line initially found difficult to break down, but eventually the chances came only to be foiled by "the man of the match" Ringmer keeper who was solely responsible for keeping the score at one nil after Tom Chapman had scored the only goal of the game. The keeper made some outstanding saves from Steve Over, Richard Brook, Dave O’Toole and Terry Bellamy and whilst Dave Blackledge made some good stops and Les Ward and Terry Stubbings looked secure in defence, Borough had most of the ball, creating some chances, including Steve Over hitting the post and were worthy winners.
Both sides started the game at a fast pace - often too fast leading to a blue card for Ringmer's number 11 but several of our players were also guilty of excessive speed. Phil Cousens had a tough time controlling the game with much "advice" from the home bench.
Overall it was a competent team performance which made good use of a decent squad to gain a useful 3 points.
Borough squad: Terry Bellamy, David Blackledge, Richard Brook, Tom Chapman, Gary Farthing, David O'Toole, Steve Over, Terry Stubbings, Les Ward
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