Lok strikes early to secure much-needed win for Borough at Hayes and Yeading

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

* Eastbourne Borough secured a much-needed three points thanks to a hard earned victory at Hayes and Yeading on Saturday.

Darren Lok scored the decisive goal and it arrived early with just six minutes on the clock. Richard Pacquette played a clever ball to Simon Johnson. Johnson powered down the right, clipped in a lovely cross for Lok who tucked it away nicely at the far post.

Borough were forced to work hard on an awful pitch and against a Hayes side struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Hayes mounted sporadic attacks but Borough remained in control and Lewis Carey, the Borough keeper, had no real saves of note to make.

The second half was a tight affair and Lok had a chance to make it 2-0 but as he was about to shoot the ball hit a lump on the pitch which completely took the ball away from the striker.

The only real scare for Borough came when a deflected and miss-hit shot clipped the post.

The victory moves Borough up the Vanarama South table to 10th on 39 points from 29 played. Tommy Widdrington’s men are 10 points off the pace for the play-offs but could claw back some ground as they welcome fifth placed Havant and Waterlooville to Priory Lane next Saturday.

Elsewhere in the south, Bromley comprehensively took over top spot in the on Saturday after a 6-0 drubbing of bottom-markers Staines Town at Wheatsheaf Park.It was a dreadful day for Martyn Spong`s side, who fell behind to a 10th minute Rob Swaine effort.

Bradley Goldberg doubled his father`s side`s lead 15 minute later to send the home side into the break 2-0 down.

But things got even worse for the Swans in the second half after Ben May had added a third immediately upon the resumption.

Reece Prestedge made it 4-0 just 2 minutes later and by the 50th minute the visitors had a nap hand when Goldberg grabbed his second and then claimed his hat-trick less than a minute later.

So four goals in 5 second half minutes, but fortunately, Staines managed to stem the flow, otherwise it could have been even more embarrassing.

Bromley overtook Boreham Wood, who went down to a 3-0 defeat at the Enclosed Ground to third-placed Whitehawk.

Former Brighton favourite Jake Robinson gave the Hawks the boost of an early 7th minute lead that he doubled 5 minutes later.

Defender Nick Arnold added number three 5 minutes before half-time and Wood weren`t able to find a response.

The only shame being that only a paltry 170 people bothered to attend this top of the table clash!

Basingstoke Town maintained their push for promotion as they edged out struggling Maidenhead United 3-2 at the Camrose.

But it was a close run thing against a Magpies side that arrived at the Soccer AM Stadium without a win in seven games.

Manny Williams gave the home side a 5th minute lead that Danny Green cancelled out almost immediately.

Shaun McAuley restored Stoke`s lead in the 12th minute, only for Tashan Adeyinka to pull the visitors back on terms again on 26 minutes.

Louie Soares found the net to make it 3-2 after 38 minutes, and that proved to be the winner as defences tightened in the second period.

Havant& Waterlooville held on to fifth spot but made hard work of beating second-bottom Farnborough 1-0 at Westleigh Park.

A deflected Ben Swallow goal on the stroke of half-time proved enough to get the Hawks back to winning ways.

A fortuitous goal from Joe Ward and an own goal by Darren Locke was enough for now sixth-placed Chelmsford City to hold on and record all three points at the Melbourne Stadium against St Albans City.

Ward’s cross-cum-shot flashed across goal and into the bottom corner in the 2nd minute of first half stoppage time before Darren Locke turned Jack Bridge’s cross into his own net 10 minutes into the second half.

The St Albans centre-back made amends for his error by pulling one back 10 minutes afterwards, setting up a nervy end to the match in which the Saints came close to earning a share of the spoils.Chelmsford moved above Gosport Borough, who fell to a 2-1 defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town.

Jordan Parkes fired Hemel ahead 10 minutes into the second period, before Andy Robinson equalised just 2 minutes later with his first goal for Gosport.

Ollie Hawkins’ free header sealed the points for the hosts on 69 minutes - but only after Boro substitute Lee Wort had struck a post right at the death.

Mid-table Concord Rangers and Sutton United shared a goalless draw at the Aspect Arena,

Weston-super-Mare pushed themselves up into sixteenth spot – eight points above Farnborough – following a good 3-1 win at Wealdstone.

Ollie Watkins gave the Seagulls a 10th minute lead that Dayle Grubb doubled 7 minutes later. And just 2 minutes after that the visitors were in coasting mode after Grubb added number three from the penalty spot. Sean Cronin `won` the second period for the Stones with a 50th minute spot-kick, but never really threatened a comeback.