Drage is ruthless against ten men
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: ★★★★★