Slough defeated by five-star Eastbourne

Slough Town

Slough Town

Kuhl (pen 75)
Eastbourne Borough

Eastbourne Borough

Hutchinson (15, 52), Dickenson (24), Gravata (29), Walker (90+1)
League Attendance: 573 Aaron Kuhl
Poor errors from Slough Town’s defence proved costly as they lost to Eastbourne Borough at Arbour Park in Scott Davies’ first match in charge, writes Richard Ali Imaghodor.

The weather give a fair description of the performance from Slough’s defence, gloomy and perhaps frustrating.

Slough started the game well and had lots of momentum in the first half as they generated chances.

Gabe George, in an advanced area crossed the ball in towards Ben Harris but his headed effort was superbly blocked for a corner.

Scott Davies’ corner kick then struck the inside of the post, which sent panic into the Eastbourne defence.

In the 15th minute, George Wells carelessly gave the ball away outside of his own box, Chris Whelpdale then squared it to Jake Hutchinson to give Eastbourne the lead, against the run of play.

Slough were pushing on for the equaliser as Joe Dandy delivered Harris a fantastic cross, but he handled the ball into the net and was eventually yellow carded.

The home side later showcased questionable defending against an Eastbourne corner. James Vaughan’s shot deflected in the box towards Mitchell Dickenson who rifled his shot from close range to double the lead.

Slough were then 3-0 down within 30 minutes as Leone Gravata was played through towards goal and he tucked his shot into the bottom corner, leaving Rhys Forster no chance.

The second half had the same tempo as the first half as Eastbourne continued to pile on more pressure.

Slough conceded the fourth goal of the afternoon as Shiloh Remy found space on the right wing and played a good cross to Jake Hutchinson who finished the move

By the 75th minute, the hosts showed some life as they were awarded a penalty after Lee Togwell’s strike hit Dickenson’s hand in the penalty box.

The returning Aaron Kuhl - who replaced Davies toward the end of the first half to allow him to manage from the sidelines - stepped up and powered his penalty into the top right corner, nearly taking the net off.

The Slough home support were vocal throughout the contest as they were trying to urge their side back into the game.

But one minute into stoppage time, Eastbourne added the fifth goal as Charlie Walker received a great ball over the top from the defence and finished past Forster with conviction.

That’s now nine league games without a win for Slough, as they currently sit 18th in the league table. The Rebels will look to break their losing run away to top of the league Ebbsfleet United in next Saturday’s National League South fixture (KO 12.30pm).

Eastbourne Borough Lineup

Worgan, Burchell, Innocent, Barry (Scarlett 41), Dickenson (c), Hammond, Whelpdale, Remy, Vaughan (Perez 60), Gravata, Hutchinson (Walker 74). Unused substitutes: Mbonkwi, Holter.


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