Eastbourne Borough will get to test themselves against one of the division’s big spenders on Saturday as Ebbsfleet United visit Priory Lane, but boss Tommy Widdrington insists he and his players won’t be taking notice of the ‘added spice’ the fixture presents.
There’s been no secret made of the fortunes spent by a handful of clubs in the Skrill South this summer but Ebbsfleet, in particular, portray a sense of what might have been for the Sports had their takeover talks materialised last season.
Borough engaged in lengthy discussions with The Kuwaiti European Holding Company (KEH) about a potential deal but once the talks broke down, the wealthy business moved their investment to Stonebridge Road, thrusting Ebbsfleet onto the list of promotion favourites alongside the likes of Dover and Whitehawk.
However, Borough are attempting to challenge the perception that you need big bucks to achieve big things and have utilised their more modest budget to the best of their advantage, keeping hold of many of last season’s crop and carefully selecting their new recruits.
It seems to be working just fine so far as Borough notched their eighth successive victory since pre-season began and now, with confidence sky-high, Widdrington insists his men go into Saturday’s game seeing Ebbsfleet as just another opponent and just another opportunity to pick up points.
He said, “Obviously, everybody knows about what’s happened there and didn’t happen here so there might be a bit of added spice, but not from me.
“At the end of the day, they’re another opposition that we want to take as many points off of as we can. They’re the next visitors to Priory Lane and I hope they feel the same wrath as those who have just left.
“WIthout a shadow of a doubt it’ll be tough. I spoke to the manager who played against them last weekend and he said they’re a tough outfit.”
Widdrington is expected to be at full strength for Saturday’s fixture, which is followed by a Bank Holiday Monday visit to Hayes and Yeading United.