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Hampton & Richmond Borough
Eastbourne Borough
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Full time Attendance 420

Beavers held by Eastbourne in entertaining stalemate

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Heroics from visiting goalkeeper Mark Smith leaves Beavers frustrated

By Ben Morton

A hard-fought draw was played out at the Jezzards Beveree Stadium, which eases neither clubs fear of being dragged into a relegation battle considering their poor recent form.

Going into the match, a win appeared imperative for both teams but despite the importance of the fixture, chances were at a premium in the first half. A low drive by Marcel Barrington which was comfortably saved was the best it got for the Beavers.

The clearest opportunities fell to Brighton loanee Stefan Ljubicic. However, he could only direct a header straight at Tom Lovelock after a short corner routine, and subsequently hook a snap-shot effort just wide of the post minutes later.

After the interval, Hampton came out from the dressing room with real intent, only seeing Chris Dickson’s finish disallowed for handball when charging a clearance down in the build-up.

Moments later, on his home debut, Ruel Sotiriou’s quick feet allowed him to unleash a curling, deflected effort which was tipped over the bar by Mark Smith on his Eastbourne debut.

The away keeper was again called into action with an impressive double save, firstly pushing away another long-range Barrington drive, and then quickly recovering to palm Sam Cox’s rebound around the near post. There were further opportunities for Mclaren and Dickson, put their tame headers could only find the midriff of Smith once more.

Despite this pressure, Eastbourne were often dangerous themselves when going forward and Tom Gardiner had the best chance of the game but planted a free header wide from six yards that he should have buried.

With minutes left a poor clearance from Lovelock was nearly capitalised on by Ryan Hall, but his audacious forty-yard chip drifted just far wide of the post, meaning the points were shared.

After the full-time whistle, Gary expressed his pleasure in keeping a second consecutive sheet but was also keen to say how “clear it is to all that we are struggling in the attacking areas of the pitch, and the right decision making is not there.” With a week until yet another crucial match away at Oxford City, the hope is the Beavers can correct these issues on the training ground in order to gain a vital three points and ensure survival for this season.

Highlights

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90:00 +2:00 Missed Shot
Luke Ruddick misses a shot for Hampton & Richmond Borough
90:00 +2:00 Missed Shot
Chris Dickson misses a shot for Hampton & Richmond Borough
90:00 +1:00 Missed Shot
Chris Dickson misses a shot for Hampton & Richmond Borough
88:00 Missed Shot
Ryan Hall misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
83:00 Sub Off
Marcel Barrington is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
83:00 Sub On
Zak Joseph is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
73:00 Missed Shot
Tom Gardiner misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
72:00 Sub Off
Dean Cox is substituted off for Eastbourne Borough
72:00 Sub On
Harry Ransom is substituted on for Eastbourne Borough
70:00 Sub Off
Ryan Hill is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
70:00 Sub On
Craig Dundas is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
67:00 Missed Shot
Ryan Hall misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
63:00 Saved Shot
Chris Dickson has a shot saved for Hampton & Richmond Borough
60:00 Saved Shot
Casey Maclaren has a shot saved for Hampton & Richmond Borough
59:00 Saved Shot
Marcel Barrington has a shot saved for Hampton & Richmond Borough
59:00 Saved Shot
Sam Cox has a shot saved for Hampton & Richmond Borough
55:00 Missed Shot
Dean Cox misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
54:00 Missed Shot
Mike West misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
50:00 Saved Shot
Ruel Sotiriou has a shot saved for Hampton & Richmond Borough
45:00 Kickoff
Hampton & Richmond Borough kick off
End of period 1
41:00 Missed Shot
Dean Cox misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
40:00 Missed Shot
Stefan Ljubicic misses a shot for Eastbourne Borough
31:00 Missed Shot
Chris Dickson misses a shot for Hampton & Richmond Borough
30:00 Blocked Shot
Ruel Sotiriou has a shot blocked for Hampton & Richmond Borough
23:00 Saved Shot
Stefan Ljubicic has a shot saved for Eastbourne Borough
17:00 Saved Shot
Marcel Barrington has a shot saved for Hampton & Richmond Borough
1:00 Kickoff
Eastbourne Borough kick off
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • Eastbourne Borough
  • 0
  • Ryan Hill Sub Off 70:00'
  • Craig Dundas Sub On 70:00'
  • Dean Cox Sub Off 72:00'
  • Harry Ransom Sub On 72:00'
  • Marcel Barrington Sub Off 83:00'
  • Zak Joseph Sub On 83:00'

Team selection

Lovelock, Tom Lovelock, Tom
Cox, Sam Cox, Sam
Bray, Rian Bray, Rian
Barrington, Marcel Barrington, Marcel
Ruddick, Luke Ruddick, Luke
Connors, Jack Connors, Jack
Hill, Ryan Hill, Ryan
Wellard, Ricky Wellard, Ricky
Dickson, Chris Dickson, Chris
Sotiriou, Ruel Sotiriou, Ruel
Maclaren, Casey Maclaren, Casey
Eastbourne Borough
  • 1. Mark Smith
  • 2. Olutobi Adebayo-Rowling
  • 3. Kristian Campbell
  • 4. Kane Wills
  • 5. Corey Jordan
  • 6. Tom Gardiner
  • 7. Dean Cox
  • 8. Mike West
  • 9. Stefan Ljubicic
  • 10. Ryan Hall
  • 11. David Martin
  • 12. Harry Ransom
  • 13. Marvin Hamilton
  • 14. Andrew Briggs
  • 15. Daniel Blackmore
  • 16. James Earl

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
14. Hemel Hempstead Town 35 41
15. Dulwich Hamlet 35 38
16. Hampton & Richmond Borough 35 38
17. Eastbourne Borough 35 37
18. Truro City 35 35
19. Gloucester City 35 32
20. Hungerford Town 35 31

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