Bexhill College, which is in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Football Club, suffered an undeserved 3-1 defeat away to Maidstone United in the Under 19s National League. In what was the first game since before Christmas, Eastbourne will feel very hard done by to not come home with all three points.
Following a tight first half and with half time level at 0-0, Eastbourne started the second period enthusiastically forcing a well-earned lead through a Louis Elliot header, followed with good interplay from the impressive Hugo Corbin and Captain Matt Astle. Eastbourne dominated the game for long periods and should have extended their lead, after hitting the Maidstone bar mid-way through the second half.
With the game coming to an end, disaster struck as the excellent Will Daniels put the ball through his own net from 30 yards following a mix up with goalkeeper Sonny Chambers. This gave the hosts a second wind and they began applying more pressure to the Eastbourne goal. Following a long ball toward the Eastbourne goal, Daniels was bundled to the floor by the Maidstone forward and, as every player stopped waiting to hear the referees whistle (which didn't come), Maidstone nipped in to score and turn the game on its head.
Eastbourne continued to probe and Matt Astle forced the Maidstone goalkeeper into an acrobatic save tipping over his fierce drive. From the following corner and with the Eastbourne goalkeeper also in the Maidstone box, Maidstone counter attacked and finished the game off in the dying seconds.
Eastbourne coach Sean Noble commented that "the team deserved more from the performance which they can take great pride in. The fact all three officials and the opposition manager commented that Eastbourne should have won the game and deserved better tells its own story.”
Player of the match went to Luke Fisher, who had a fantastic game at left back and performed excellently against Maidstone's most effective player, who has played regularly for their first team this season.
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