Bexhill College Football Academy, in partnership with Eastbourne Borough FC, made it three wins from three consecutive games on Wednesday afternoon, defeating a strong Worthing side 1-0 at Priory Lane. In what was the final game before Christmas, Eastbourne have won four out of their last six games to move into second position in the table, alongside Whyteleafe and Welling United.
In difficult weather conditions and with nine players unavailable for selection, Eastbourne showed fantastic levels of character and determination to continue their recent form.
Louis Elliott, who produced a determined man of the match display in the centre of the pitch, scored the only goal of the game from the edge of the box, following a cross from Luke Fisher early in the first half.
Worthing had much of the ball and were in control of large parts of the game, with Eastbourne looking dangerous on the counter attack through the likes of Leon Gravata, Hugo Corbin and Jacob Roberts.
Special mentions must also go to Josh Richardson who played 75 minutes out of position at full back for his first ever Eastbourne game. Both centre backs Will Daniels and Harley Ransom were excellent in Eastbourne's defence, with captain Matthew Astle also providing good defensive protection in midfield.
Manager Sean Noble commented that the performance was the best of the season due to the attacking qualities Eastbourne displayed, despite a series of setbacks. "Worthing are a well organised team who are neat and tidy in possession. In my opinion, they are the best team we have played this year, so all of the players should be proud of their contributions to a winning performance.”
Bexhill College's Football Academy is also in association with Chelsea Football Club Foundation, and is holding its next trials in March 2020. For more information on trials and the College's other Sports Academies, please visit www.bexhillcollege.ac.uk.
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