Eastbourne Borough resume their fight for National League South survival tomorrow (Saturday) when they take on Taunton Town at Priory Lane.

The match completes a hat-trick of home games for Adam Murray’s side, who have picked up four points from their last two outings.

In opposition are a Taunton team who may have turned the corner after two impressive back-to-back wins on the road.

Just six points separate the teams ahead of the weekend’s action, so it’s all to play for at Priory Lane.

Last Time Out

The Sports were made to settle for a point against Dover Athletic on Tuesday night, with a combination of missed chances and decisions going against them seeing them miss out on a big three points.

After going behind early on, Borough showed character to dig deep and they demonstrated their determination to never gave up. And the Sports were rewarded three minutes from time when Jack Clarke’s deflected effort wrongfooted Matt Rowley.

But Borough had their chances beforehand, but ultimately couldn’t make them count on top of having two strong penalty appeals turned down – one especially for handball from Decarrey Sheriff’s shot with Rowley on the floor.

But it wasn’t a defeat – and Borough will be looking to make it seven points out of nine at Priory Lane.

The Opposition

After a terrible run of form, back-to-back wins have seen Taunton Town move back out of the bottom four of the National League South table.

Taunton moved top of the table after beating Eastbourne in the return fixture back in September, but then went on a run few could have predicted.

Rob Dray’s side proceeded to win just one more time between October 1 and the end of February – that being a 4-0 win at home to Farnborough before the new year.

Therefore few would have had them down as winning their last two games – especially being away at Worthing and Torquay United.

After a 3-1 win in West Sussex, Nat Jarvis, Cameron Evans and Ross Stearn were all on target to give the Peacocks a 3-0 win at Plainmoor on Tuesday night.

They were due to play Weston-super-Mare on Thursday night, but it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch by the match referee after rainfall late in the day.


Saturday’s game is of course a replay of the match from December 2, which was abandoned here at Priory Lane due to heavy fog at half-time.

Taunton had been leading 2-1 at Priory Lane before the weather drew in along the south coast, with referee Lewis Sandoe calling a halt to proceedings after a twenty minute break after the half-time interval.

Nick McCootie and Zac Smith goals had put Town 2-0 up, before Louis Collins halved the deficit prior to half-time.

Earlier in the season, Cameron Evans and Ross Stearn goals gave Taunton a 2-1 win at Wordsworth Drive, with Decarrey Sheriff’s late goal a consolation for the Sports.

Taunton have won two of the three previous meetings between the two teams – with Borough winning in the away game last season. Luke Pearce scored twice as the Sports came from behind to win 2-1.

Supporter Information

As tomorrow’s match (March 16th) is the rearranged match from December 2nd’s abandonment, any supporters with a voucher or proof of purchase of a ticket from that match can claim their ticket from the ticket office upon arrival at Priory Lane.

The deadline to get your ticket at our discounted pre-matchday prices is midnight tonight (Friday) – buy yours here.

You may still buy yours ahead of kick off on matchday either online or via our Ticket Office at the front of the stadium. Matchday admission prices are as follows: Adults £18, Concessions £12, Under 18s & Students £6 and Under 12s are free with a paying adult.

Spectators are kindly requested to use the car parks provided at the ground and not to park in Priory Road or on the surrounding roads. The match will not be segregated at Priory Lane.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of ‘Borough’ – the official matchday programme. Available for just £3 from around the ground, our 56-page offering has the latest news, reports, interviews and much more!

How to Follow

For those unable to make it to Priory Lane, you can follow The Sports’ progress across our social media channels – including live match text commentary on our X (formerly Twitter) Channel – @EBFC_Official.