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Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson believes his squad is good enough for a top ten finish after extending the loan deal of striker Ian Pulman for another two months.
Borough’s fortunes have turned dramatically since the arrival of the former Chelsea apprentice at the beginning of January from Conference side Margate.
Pulman, who has scored three goals in six games, signed the new deal before the Dorchester game and went on to prove why Wilson is so keen to keep him.
He was involved in almost every attack and only denied a goal by three superb saves from former Albion keeper Mark Ormerod.
Wilson said: “Ian has done well since he came here and to have him for another two months is very good news. Ian and the other loan player, Steve Dell, have made a big difference at a time when we needed it.
“We have also got players coming back from injury so things are looking good. We had a bad spell not so long ago but we worked very hard to come through it.
“We have moved up to tenth and I don’t see why we can’t stay up there.”
Borough snatched their latest three points thanks to a last minute goal by Scott Ramsay.
It would never have happened had Wilson had his way as he consulted the referee after 12 minutes to try to get the game abandoned due to rain and gale force winds.
By then the conditions had already played big parts in early goals for both sides.
Wycombe loanee Dell put Borough in front after seven minutes when his attempted cross from the right caught a gust of wind and floated over Ormerod.
Dorchester’s equaliser two minutes later was even more freakish as Borough defender Stuart Playford saw his attempted clearance come off Mark Rawlinson, hit him in the face and then loop over his own keeper Lee Hook from 20 yards.
“I spoke with the Dorchester manager and we talked to the referee and told him it was a lottery. He said conditions weren’t dangerous for the players and carried on.
“Now I’m glad that he did because they are three big points for us.”
High winds reduced the game to a farce at times as both sides struggled to keep the ball in play.
Hook saw one of his goal kicks sail straight back over his head and at one point the game was held up because all the spare balls had been kicked out of the ground.
Eastbourne’s last gasp winner arrived from a corner by substitute Matt Crabb, who had only been on the pitch two minutes, which dropped for Ramsay score from close range.