Bexhill College in association with Eastbourne Borough and Chelsea Football Club Foundation travelled to Eltham on Wednesday to face Charlton Athletic for the team's second league fixture.
In an even start to the match both teams shared possession of the ball and created goalscoring opportunities, Charlton opened the scoring after a good shot inside the area following a cross from a wide area. Bexhill College reacted well and gradually took control of the game with the team creating some good chances and testing the home goalkeeper. Jhon Caicedo Mejia leveled the score with a spectacular shot from outside the box after a poor clearance from the opposition defence.
The team managed to control the game and created several chances to score, including one from Baxter Orchard which hit the crossbar. However, with Eastbourne in control, Charlton Athletic made it 2-1 direct from a free-kick near the area.
In the 25th minute of the match Eastbourne were reduced to 10 men after Orchard was sent off following a scuffle with an opposition defender. From then on Eastbourne struggle to regain control of the game with Charlton making it 3-1 15 minutes later.
Despite the difficulties, the team started the second half with a remarkable attitude, demonstrating courage and determination. The team had plenty of the ball and created some chances to score, but Charlton made the most of the numerical advantage and scored on the counter-attack with Eastbourne stretched extending the lead to 6-1.
The reward for the team's attitude came a few minutes before the final whistle when Callum Mumford scored the team's second goal with a fine shot after a precise pass from Nathan Ablitt.
Team manager Gert Schalper commented: "It is a painful defeat because of the score, and because we were down to 10 players after only 25 minutes, just when the team was doing very well mentally and physically. Despite the defeat, I would like to highlight the team's attitude in the second half, in which the team showed courage, bravery and teamwork, 3 of the academy's core values that the team has to build on in order to achieve important feats.
Man of the match was awarded to Jhon Caicedo Mejia for his all-round performance which he topped off with an excellent goal.”
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