Tommy Widdrington praised his Eastbourne Borough side after they won in style at in-form Hemel Hempstead Town
Mark Hughes, Ryan Case and Nat Pinney goals saw the Sports go three goals to the good in the first half, before Craig Stone marked his return from injury with a late goal in a 4-0 win at Vauxhall Road.
The Tudors had come into the game second in the form table, but Borough returned to winning ways in remarkable style after a midweek defeat at home to Dartford.
“I thought we were well worth the win,” said Widdrington.
“To win games you need to score goals when you are on top, so to score three in a six minute spell is testament to the lads.
“From the performance in the first five minutes, I felt we would go on and win, but even I was a bit surprised by the manner in which we did it.
“We needed a reaction after Tuesday’s disappointment.
“We should have got something from that game, we worked on bits at training and to see it pay off with a big win shows we have some great characters here.”
The Sports bossed the game from the outset, and took the lead inside the first fifteen minutes. Hughes rose well to meet Miguel Baptista’s corner from the left and he headed past Jamie Butler.
And just three minutes later, Borough doubled their lead in Hertfordshire. Butler did well to save from Alex Smith, but full-back Case was first to the loose ball and he made no mistake.
Widdrington’s side then went on to make it 3-0 after just twenty minutes, as Pinney fired home from twenty yards after finding room to shoot on the edge of the area.
Borough then rubber-stamped their first away win since mid-November late on, as Stone charged through a hapless Hemel defence before slotting past Butler.
“As much as I am pleased with the four goals, I am also delighted with our defensive performance,” added Widdrington.
“People want us to be consistent, and I believe if we play at this level both defensively and going forward, we are more than a match for anyone in this division.”
The Sports are next in action on Saturday when another in-form side, Hampton & Richmond, visit Priory Lane.
“We will come up against another side in good form, and they will fancy themselves to get a result,” Widdrington said.
“It’s the consistency we have lacked so far, and if we can repeat our performance from Saturday then we will certainly be looking up the table.”
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