Eastbourne Borough 3 Saints 2

The Saints failed to end the season with a win but put on a performance that provided plenty of promise for the new season. The Saints had plenty of possession in the opening 45 minutes and play some good football in and around the Eastbourne Borough penalty but struggled to create clear cut chances against a well organised defence. David Noble came closest to scoring but Borough keeper, Jordan Holmes, did well to tip his shot onto the post.

The Saints started the second half brightly but it was Borough who opened the scoring in the 48th minute when Nathaniel Pinney used his strength to break through the Saints defence and round James Russell before putting the ball into the net. The Saints continued to play the better football but in the 65th minute Pinney capitalised on a defensive error to fire home his second goal of the afternoon. However, the Saints efforts were finally rewarded in the 73rd minute when Sam Merson finished off a good move by driving a low shot past Holmes. Within 3 minutes, the Saints were level when Shaun Lucien expertly fired a free kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net.

The momentum was now very much with the Saints as the Borough defence struggled to cope with the Saints passing game. In the 92nd minute, Kieran Monlouis broke clear and hit a shot that flew past Holmes but also went inches wide of the far post. Borough then launched their final attack of the game and succeeded in winning a corner. The corner was initially cleared by the Saints by substititute, Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, won possession on the edge of the penalty area and found the time to hit a shot past Russell and into the top corner of the Saints net.

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