Mark Preece at the double as Bath City triumph at Eastbourne Borough
MATCH REPORT: Eastbourne Borough 0 Bath City 3 (Preece 38, 73, Chamberlain 45)
Two goals from centre-back Mark Preece helped Bath City claim their second 3-0 win in the space of four days at Priory Lane.
On-loan striker Elliott Chamberlain was also on target for the visitors, who have risen to ninth spot in the Blue Square Bet South table and are now unbeaten in their last five away matches.
City ran out comfortable victors but could have fallen behind early on as Eastbourne attacked with pace down the right through Marvin Hamilton. Charlie Gorman missed their best chance on four minutes when Preece miskicked a clearance into his path, the Borough midfielder spooning a shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
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City, who had never before won at Eastbourne, seemed to take heart from the let-off and gradually began to come back into the game.
Their first real attack came on the 15-minute mark. Dan Ball played a long clearance downfield which flicked off Simon Johnson and on to Chamberlain for a shot which was well taken by keeper Danny Potter.
City dominated the remainder of the half and Sekani Simpson was hugely instrumental in them taking the lead seven minutes before the break.
He won the ball in his own penalty area before flicking it wide to Chamberlain, who noticed the full-back racing past him. Simpson then continued to the byline before winning a corner that Aaron Brown floated to the far post for Preece to head home.
A poor pass from Ben Adelsbury in midfield let in City for their second, with Chamberlain taking a through ball before sliding a shot past Potter.
The second half was something of a different story as the home side pressed forward, although Jason Mellor was only forced into one save of any significance.
City then killed the game off with just under a quarter of an hour to go when another Brown corner was dropped by Potter and Preece was on hand to fire into an empty net to complete his brace.
Bottom side Truro City are the visitors to Mayday Trust Park as City chase a third straight win on Saturday (3pm).
Eastbourne Borough: Potter, Johnson, Cole, Uddin, Rowe, Adelsbury, Gorman, Smith (Hart 65), Walker, Charles (Ibe 46), Hamilton. Subs not used: Raymond, Widdrington, Lok.
Bath City: Mellor, Simpson, Ball, Preece, Brown Keats, Burnell, Connolly, Allen (Griffin 82), Chamberlain (Norris 82), Morgan (Canham 73). Subs not used: Jones, Hopkinson.
Referee: Nigel Lugg (Surrey).