A stunning win on the road for Eastbourne Borough in the National League South yesterday (25 February).
Away to Bishops Stortford, who are struggling at the bottom of the table, Borough seemed to sleep through the first half, finding themselves 1-0 down at the break.
However, whatever manager Tommy Widdrington said to The Sports in the dressing room seemed to wake them up.
A brilliant solo run and strike from Elliott Romain saw Borough draw level with their hosts, before Romain put them ahead with a half volley five minutes later. A hat-trick was denied as another Romain shot sailed over the bar. However, Romain did manage a third in the 87th, extending The Sports’ lead.
Four minutes were added to the clock, which was time enough for Romain to do his thing once again.
The final score Bishops Stortford 1 – 4 Eastbourne Borough.
Commenting after the game, manager Tommy Widdrington said, “We boarded the bus to Bishop Stortford – ‘a game we should win’ - I'd been told but why? Mark Hawkes side actually had more to play for than Alan Devonshires side 4 nights previous........their lives! Anyway, we approached the game in the same manner, confident we would score but mindful of the oppositions threat. So, when we trailed 1-0 at the break there was no hairdryer or cup throwing simply a re-affirming of what we as a staff felt was needed to win a game. The players, and credit to them, picked the baton up and simply did slightly better in the second half than they had in the first! If truth be told, we could've (should've) been leading 3 or 4-1 at the break but having scored 2 quick goals following half time I was delighted in the manner the boys kept taking the game to Bishop Stortford. It wasn't any real surprise that we won as convincingly as we did and it rounded off a good week.”