Gallery: Boro defeated at home to Eastbourne

PUBLISHED: 11:17 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:26 05 May 2010

Drury manages to put the ball in the back of the net

Drury manages to put the ball in the back of the net

Stevenage Boro 1 Eastbourne Borough 3 Boro were a massive disappointment in their first outing in front of their home crowd this season. The pre-season title favourites are rock bottom of the 24 teams in the Blue Square Premier after the opening two fixtu

Stevenage Boro 1 Eastbourne Borough 3

Boro were a massive disappointment in their first outing in front of their home crowd this season.

The pre-season title favourites are rock bottom of the 24 teams in the Blue Square Premier after the opening two fixtures with one goal scored and a whopping eight conceded.

Tuesday night's 3-1 home defeat by newly promoted Eastbourne Borough followed hot on the heels of the 5-0 capitulation at Wrexham on Saturday.

Much like the British summer, Boro have promised to entertain this season but a lot of work is needed if this game is any indication.

Featuring nine of Graham Westley's summer signings in the starting XI, Boro were shambolic at times at the back, possessed no invention in midfield and offered precious little threat up front.

In contrast the part timers from Eastbourne produced a fine away display - this was no smash and grab three points.

With Steve Morison sitting out the first of this three-game suspension after being red carded in the defeat at Wrexham, Lee Boylan partnered Iyseden Christie up front with Anthony Thomas playing on the wing.

Eddie Anaclet stabbed an early opportunity wide before Boro were rocked with two goals conceded in as many minutes - and they were both extremely soft.

Ashley Bayes allowed a speculative Patrick Harding long-range effort to beat him low down to his left after 11 minutes.

Worse was to follow as the Boro defence was cut to ribbons and Andy Atkin finished the chance off with alarming ease.

Boro were shellshocked and although Christie fired over and Andy Drury's drive was fingertipped over by Lee Hook, they were generally lacklustre all over the park.

A moment of brilliance from Drury two minutes before the break should have offered Boro a real opportunity to get back into the match.

His stunning free-kick, a la David Beckham or Bentley, curled in off the bar to leave Hook floundering.

If the home fans expected a continued fightback in the second 45 minutes, they were to be sadly disappointed and disillusioned.

Eastbourne regained their two-goal lead on 54 minutes when Atkin appeared to be given the freedom of Broadhall Way before shooting low beyond Bayes at the second attempt.

Daryl McMahon came on for Christie and then Calum Willock for skipper Mark Albrighton but there was little impetus from the home side.

Michael Bostwick's 35-yarder was well held by Hook and Boylan shot wide at the near post but, in truth, it would have been rough justice on the visitors.

Boro old boys Simon Wormull and Jean-Michel Sigere came on in the latter stages for Eastbourne and both had half chances to heap further embarrassment on the hosts.

In added time, a Gary Mills corner was screwed across goal by Ronnie Henry without another Boro player getting a touch. It rather summed up their evening's work.

Boro are at home again this Saturday against Weymouth.

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