Eastbourne Borough seek back-to-back league wins for only the second time this season when Tonbridge Angels visit the Sussex coast this evening.
The Sports bounced back to winning ways in style on Saturday, but know they must follow that up with another big performance against Jay Saunders’ side.
Angels themselves come into the game on the back of suffering just one defeat in their last eight games and showed character coming from 2-0 down to win at St. Albans at the weekend.
Last Time Out
Borough blew away in-form Braintree Town on Saturday at the Lane as they won at home for only a third time this campaign.
Sometimes you need a bit of luck. The Sports have been missing that so far this season, but got the rub of the green when it mattered when the ball looped in off Billy Vigar’s shoulder within the first 70 seconds.
That gave Mark Beard’s side the platform to press on, and although the visitors drew level, Borough dug deep and fully deserved all three points.
Fletcher Holman added another goal to his ever-growing tally, with Leone Gravata’s third goal in his last four matches putting the icing on the cake ten minutes from time.
The win turned attention away from the Sports’ ever-growing injury list, although there were positives with Callum Kealy and Michael Olarewaju both impressing on their return after absence.
Tonbridge Angels make the relatively short journey to Priory Lane tonight in a good run of form. Sitting fifth in the Away form table, they have picked up 13 points from their 9 games – with four wins on the road to date.
The latest of those came on Saturday, when Angels came from 2-0 down at half time to win at St. Albans City.
Shaun Jeffers and Ryan Blackman had put the hosts on course for victory at the break at Clarence Park.
And Saints still led 2-0 going into the last twenty minutes before the game turned on its head. Jordan Greenidge and Sean Shields scored within two minutes of each other to draw Angels level.
The Kent side weren’t done there, and Greenidge bundled home from close range in stoppage time to give them a 3-2 win.
That win on the road followed consecutive draws at home to Chelmsford City (1-1) and Hampton & Richmond (0-0).
Head to Head
Played: 13 EBFC: 4 X: 2 TAFC: 7
Angels lead the way in the overall head-to-head meetings between the two teams, including winning the last three times they have met.
Greenidge, Jack Wood and Devonte Aransabia – now of Maidstone United – gave Angels a 3-0 win at Longmead Stadium last December, before Wood’s double saw them complete the league double over the Sports in March. Shiloh Remy scored a penalty for the Sports in the 2-1 loss at Priory Lane.
The last time the Sports beat Tonbridge was in February 2022, when they came from behind to win 3-1 at Priory Lane. After falling behind through an Adam Coombes goal, efforts from Dominic Hutchinson, Charley Kendall and Joel Rollinson earned Borough all three points.
Turnstiles open from 6.30pm this evening at Priory Lane. Matchday ticket prices are as follows: Adult £18, Concessions £14, Students/U18 £9 and Under 12s are free with a paying adult.
A reminder that tickets need to be purchased from our ticket office prior to entry to the turnstiles.
How to follow
For those unable to make the match tonight at Priory Lane, you can watch Borough’s progress across our social media channels, and follow live match commentary on our X channel (@EBFCTheSports).
The match is also broadcast live on National League TV, and supporters can buy a match pass for £9.50 here.