On Wednesday 20th November, Bexhill College, in association with Chelsea Football Club Foundation and in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Football Club, suffered a humiliating and humbling 13-2 defeat away to Dulwich Hamlet in the National Alliance Football League.
Leading into the game, Eastbourne were positioned four points and two places above their opponents which led to a sense of optimism. With both first and second choice goalkeepers unavailable along with three first choice defenders also unavailable, Eastbourne found themselves second best throughout the contest, with the score already 2-0 to Dulwich inside three minutes, with worse to follow as half time ended with the score at 7-1.
Other than a short 15-minute spell at the start of the second half where Eastbourne could have scored four or five goals, Dulwich continued to dominate proceedings and added six more goals to an already demoralising score line.
Eastbourne replied with two goals from Leone Gravata and Daniel Blackmore. A special mention must be given to Hugo Corbin who performed in difficult circumstances, following his introduction at half time.
Coach Sean Noble had no complaints with the score line and felt that his side got everything they deserved, given the levels of desire and effort that were displayed. He went on to say that individual errors can be improved upon, but desire and will to win is something that the players must develop personally and should never be lacking in any performance.
Attentions will now turn to a difficult game against Crystal Palace Foundation on Wednesday 27th November at Priory Lane.
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