Eastbourne Borough will attempt to build on their encouraging FA Cup display against Dover Athletic as they return to league action against Sutton United at Priory Lane tomorrow (3pm).
As the disappointment of last Saturday’s cup exit begins to ease, Borough will aim to get their play-off bid back on track against tomorrow’s 10th-placed opponents.
Tommy Widdrington’s men are 13th in the Vanarama National League South - five points adrift of the play-off places.
Victory against Sutton would see Borough leapfrog their south London rivals and crank-up the pressure on the teams challenging at the top.
Boss Widdrington said, “What we have to do is take the positives from the Dover defeat.
“We have just rinsed a team who are flying at the top end of the league above us.
“I know it’s easier for players to get up for FA games, but I want players who are up for every game.
“We have had to take it on the chin and move on to this Saturday.”
Ebbsfleet lead the way at the summit by a comfortable margin. They have lost just once this campaign and have gained 35 points from their 14 matches.
Newly-promoted Oxford City have been the surprise package. They are second, nine points below Ebbsfleet with a game in hand. Whitehawk, Maidstone and Maidenhead occupy the remaining play-off places.
At the other end of the table Weston Super-Mare prop up the division on eight points with St Albans and Basingstoke second and third from bottom respectively on nine points.
Adam Watts, who has been out for four weeks, remains the main injury concern with a hamstring problem.
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