Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson insists the Sports can still survive as a part-time club in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Wilson had appeared to suggest following Tuesday’s defeat – the 10th consecutive league loss – that relegation was an inevitability. “We thought we could survive it but we can’t and that’s just fact,” he said in his post-match press conference.
But speaking later in the week, he was hopeful of a turnaround in fortunes, saying, “I think we’ve got a long way to go, every game that comes to us we need to get a result, we’re certainly not giving up, we get two wins and we’re back in hunt. There’s no way we’re giving up.
“At the moment the players will be feeling it but once we get them in for training they’ll be looking forward to Saturday. We’ll work hard at it.”
The subject of the club becoming full time continues to hang in the air, but Wilson does not expect any decision to be made on that front until the end of the season.
He added, “I said it from day one, it (being part-time) does make it difficult, we’re really up against it, it’s a massive test. I was speaking to Gateshead manager Ian Bogie on Tuesday, they were in the same position last year, but now they train every day.
“They came down on Monday to train and there must be an advantage to that, I think it’s highlighted on Tuesdays when we’ve been at work all day.”
Gateshead turned full time in the summer, despite failing to attract crowds in excess of 1,000. If Boro’ followed suit, theirs could be a project to emulate.
A more pressing engagement for Wilson’s men is tomorrow’s FA Trophy third round visit of Guiseley. The Sports are one of just five Blue Square Bet Premier clubs remaining in the competition, but the manager isn’t taking anything for granted.
“It’s a break away from the league,” he said. “It’s one we’re definitely looking to do well in but I think some of the Conference North and South teams, the top teams like Guiseley, are tough sides to play.”
Unbeaten in nine games, they sit second in the Blue Square Bet North and their squad contains a number of players with Football League experience. James Walshaw is the man to watch, the former Farsley Celtic player having scored 18 goals in all competitions this season.
Wilson is set to recall Aldershot loanee Damian Spencer tomorrow but Steve Masterton is cup tied and Dan Walker has returned to Luton following his loan spell.
The winners stand to earn £7,000 in prize money, with the draw for the fourth round set to take place on Monday.