11 months ago
By Dean Allchin
Eastbourne United AFC secured a vital three points against fellow strugglers Hassocks after a 2-1 victory at The Beacon
The victory was United's first in the league since 9th September 2017, some 140 days previously when they overcame Horsham YMCA 2-1 at Gorings Mead.
United started the game in a determined nature and controlled the opening exchanges, with Kane Penn and Jacob Merrick both causing the home defence problems.
Penn was instrumental in the games opening goal as he made space to cross from the left, which could only be partially cleared to Jamie Fielding who was given time by the home defence to slot an effort into the far corner and open his United account.
United continued to press forward, with Fielding and recent signing Macauley Gray breaking up play in midfield before feeding Penn, Merrick and Tyler O'Callaghan (pictured earlier this season against Loxwood) in the attacking third.
A second goal followed ten minutes before half time as Merrick went on a mazy run that forced home 'keeper Nathan Stroomberg into a save, but he could only palm the ball into the path of O'Callaghan who slammed the ball into the back of the net.
Further chances came and went for United throughout the contest, but fifteen minutes from time, a long ball was met by Michael Death and he rifled past Phil Hawkins to half the deficit and give the home side a glimmer of hope.
It wasn't to be though as United remained calm and picked up a much needed three points to see them climb out of the relegation zone and leave Hassocks in 19th position
Updated 06:01 - 7 Feb 2018 by Dean Allchin