Drage is ruth­less against ten men

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Mike Hall

EAST­BOURNE BOR­OUGH needed two penal­ties to se­cure a win at Hunger­ford Town, who played 85 min­utes with ten men af­ter Diak John was shown a red card for a de­lib­er­ate hand­ball in the penalty area.

The de­ci­sion to send John off and award the Sports with a spot kick ap­peared harsh as the ball had been blasted at the de­fender from close range.

But Cru­saders keeper Lewis Ward kept his side from fall­ing be­hind af­ter five min­utes, pulling off a bril­liant save from Lloyd Dawes’ penalty as the home side set about de­fend­ing their goal.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, East­bourne had the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion as they looked to ex­ploit their man ad­van­tage.

But Hunger­ford were not without their chances, Louie Soares com­ing close with a free-kick and James Rusby see­ing an ef­fort cleared off the line.

Har­ley Wil­lard and Jamie Tay­lor both missed good chances for the vis­i­tors, be­fore the Sports were awarded a sec­ond penalty for a foul on Ser­gio Tor­res with 12 min­utes to go.

And this time they weren’t to be de­nied, with Matt Drage blast­ing home though Ward came close to sav­ing a sec­ond spot kick. STAR MAN: Lewis Ward (Hunger­ford Town) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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