Bath give Borough that sinking feeling

MOM: Matt Aldred
MOM: Matt Aldred

EASTBOURNE Borough’s disastrous start to the year continued with yet another bitterly disappointing home performance at Priory Lane on Saturday.

Since Boxing Day, Borough have collected just six points from seven games and worryingly five of these have been at home. Sandwiched in between, of course was the Sussex Senior Cup exit at Lewes.

From looking genuine play-off candidates a couple of months ago, Tommy Widdrington’s men are now languishing in the bottom half of the table with many teams above them having games in hand.

In contrast, there seems to be no stopping Bath City at the moment as an early goal by the hard-working Ashley Kington made it seven matches unbeaten for the FA Trophy quarter-finalists. The visitors made the perfect start when a seventh minute cross from the left by Frankie Artus was headed across goal by Adam Watts straight to Kington who made no mistake from close range.

Borough suffered a second blow five minutes later when the luckless Watts hobbled off and was replaced by Kiran Khinda-John.

Borough tried hard to get back on terms and only a superb last-gasp challenge from Sekani Simpson denied Nathaniel Pinney as the striker was about to shoot.

Gavin McCallum was denied an equaliser by a fine diving save from Jason Mellor and both the keeper and Darren Lok needed lengthy treatment as they collided. In fairness nobody could fault the Borough effort; it was the quality that was missing and there was precious little to warm the 500 plus fans who had braved the bitter elements. The chances were there and Richard Pacquette missed a great opportunityto become the stoppage time hero for the second week running when he was just too high from inside the area. Right at the death a fierce Borough appeal for handball in the area fell on deaf ears, but on the day nobody could really deny that Bath deserved the points.

Widdrington’s team now desperately need to put a run together if their season is not to collapse after such a promising start. A long midweek journey to Weston tonight (Tuesday) however, is hardly an enviable place to start.

Eastbourne: Carey, Hamilton, Beale, Aldred, Simpemba, Watts (Khinda-John14), Sessegnon, Evans, (Pacquette 71), Lok (McCallum 60), Johnson, Pinney. Referee: Carl Fitch.

Att: 502