Eastbourne Borough 1 Bromley 0
My son and I decided to give The Valley
a swerve this afternoon, well I did anyway, and instead we made the short journey to Priory Lane instead to watch Eastbourne Borough's
last friendly at home to Bromley
, a side that an Addicks XI played a few weeks back.
They won with a last minute goal from stalwart Darren Baker after looking unlikely to break down an impressive Bromley defence all afternoon. In fact as the Borough contemplate life in the highest non-league level for the first time, I have a feeling they may struggle against better and mostly professional teams such as their first three opponents Rushden & Diamonds, Stevenage and Oxford Utd.
Bromley were quicker and more inventive in the first half but following a number of changes both Jay Lovett and the well travelled Frenchman Jean-Michel Sigere helped improve things in the second period. However late on Bromley forced a fine save from Winterton and hit the bar before Baker gave the home fans encouragement for the new season just before the final whistle slotting home from a corner.
When I look down Borough's fixture list though, I think avoiding relegation will be considered success for a team that were playing in the Sussex County League 8 years ago.