A good Thursday morning training session has left Eastbourne Borough players in a positive mood ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy clash with Maidenhead United at Priory Lane.
Blues skies and a drying pitch were a far cry from the torrential rain which greeted the team on arrival at Concord Rangers last weekend and led to that Skrill South game being postponed.
While manager Tommy Widdrington welcomed this week’s much drier conditions he was quick to stress there would be no complacency ahead of the Trophy tie.
Just two weeks ago Borough outplayed Maidenhead at the Lane and deservedly ran out 2-0 winners but Widdrington says that will have no bearing on Saturday’s encounter.
“No two games are the same, in fact no two halves are the same. They’ll have a point to prove so we must concentrate on our game.
“But the boys are in a good place at the moment and we have a clean bill of health. I’ll be picking from a full squad for about the first time this season.
“It would be nice to have a cup run and we’ll certainly being giving it our best shot. But I won’t be putting any extra pressure on the players.
“It was enjoyable training this week and the pitch looks in fine condition.”
Widdrington confirmed striker Tony Garrod had turned out for Three Bridges in a Ryman South League game this week to gain some much-ended match practive.
“Tony is dual signed with us and Three Bridges and he welcomed the chance of some action.
“He was quick to tell me he’d scored and I’m pleased. He’ll be in the squad and raring to go - which goes for all the players.”
r Saturday’s FA Trophy match is being sponsored by Interlink Express Parcels of Birch Close, Eastbourne. If the game ends in a draw there will be extra-time
Picttured: Borough striker Tony Garrod was on target for Three Bridges on Tuesday night - but his first-half goal proved just a consolation in a 3-1 defeat. Garrod is dual-signed with Three Bridges.