Austin and Crabb set to face former Borough at the Saffrons

Ben Austin will face his former club

Ben Austin will face his former club

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Local bragging rights will be up for grabs as Eastbourne Town welcome Eastbourne Borough for a pre-season clash at the Saffrons tonight (Tuesday).

Tommy Widdrington’s Boro’ side, who compete in the Blue Square South, will make the short journey across Town to face Danny Bloor’s Ryman League division one south side.

It’s always an eagerly awaited pre-season fixture for both sets of fans but this game will have the added ingredient of former Boro’ stalwarts Matt Crabb and Ben Austin playing for Town against their old club following their summer switch to the Saffrons.

Eastbourne Town will hope to build on Saturday’s friendly 2-0 victory against County League side Ringmer. Harry Clarke and Matt Geard were on target.

Boss Danny Bloor said, “We are moving towards where we want to be.

“We still have three more weeks of hard work before our opening league game at Faversham.

“Before then, we have two home friendlies against our friends from Borough and Hastings.”