Hill’s penalty has Sports fum­ing


The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Kevin An­der­son

GETHYN HILL’S fiercely dis­puted penalty saw an af­ter­noon which be­gan with trib­utes to Sports’ long-serv­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Spooner, who died last week­end, end in con­tro­versy.

In sharp win­ter sun­shine and even sharper Siberian winds, the vis­i­tors started brightly, press­ing high and pass­ing the ball sweetly.

But it was Bor­ough who took the lead on 33 min­utes when from Ki­ran Khin­daJohn’s per­fect pass, Yemi Odubade shim­mied and shot past keeper Luke Pur­nell.

The Seag­ulls were level six min­utes. Home stop­per Mark Smith could only parry Jar­rad Welch’s drive and Ke­nan Dun­nwald re­acted the quick­est to score.

Af­ter the break Odubade’s stun­ning vol­ley hit the bar.

Then on the hour, un­der faint con­tact from Harry Ran­som, Hill’s dra­matic fall looked wor­thy of a card for sim­u­la­tion, but in­stead the ref­eree awarded a penalty.

Hill picked him­self up to dis­patch the spot-kick.

Seething Sports stormed back but, de­spite We­ston los­ing Naby Diallo to a sec­ond yel­low for a foul on Ser­gio Tor­res, the vis­i­tors de­fended stoutly.

Tor­res had a strike dis­al­lowed for offside and a home penalty ap­peal was waved away af­ter Jake Lee looked to have fouled Shaun Oko­jie.

STAR MAN: Ser­gio Tor­res (East­bourne Bor­ough) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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