Borough boss warns against FA Cup complacency

Garry Wilson has warned against complacency as Eastbourne Borough continue their ambitious road to Wembley tomorrow (Saturday) in the FA Cup.

Borough are only two wins away from the competition’s first round proper and will start as huge favourites against an AFC Sudbury team that sits 58 places below them in the non-league pyramid and have won only one league game all season.

This is of little concern to Wilson who knows his players need to perform in order to avoid an upset.

He said, “We’ve been in good form and the camp is in a happy place, but we mustn’t allow ourselves to get into the wrong frame of mind.

“We beat Waltham Forest in the previous round who were from a lower league, and we need to make sure we do just as professional a job tomorrow.

“We’ve had them watched a couple of times so we know what we’re up against. They’ve got a few players with pedigrees that we’ve played against in the past so it’s not going to be as easy as some people think.”

Progression into the latter stages of the competition is not just beneficial on the pitch though, with lucrative financial awards on offer should Borough be able to maintain their winning run.

Wilson said, “It’s a great chance to make some extra money. The prize on offer goes up for each round and when you get to the business end of the competition there’s lots of avenues to explore.

“If you can negotiate a TV or radio deal for instance then you’ve really hit the jackpot, and the money is huge for a club at our level.

“We’re hoping to get plenty of people through the gate. It’s the FA Cup at the end of the day, there will be a buzz around the place and hopefully the crowd will help us get over the line.”

Borough are set to name an unchanged squad and will start as clear favourites against an AFC Sudbury side currently languishing in 20th place in the Ryman League division one north, two leagues below Eastbourne.

It is Sudbury’s fifth season at this level having previously dominated the Eastern Counties league, although in recent times they’ve found themselves overtaken by local rivals Bury Town and Lowestoft Town in the non-league pyramid.

Former Braintree Town striker James Baker is probably the club’s shining light, top-scoring last season with 24 goals. Others to watch include experienced goalkeeper Danny Gay, former West Ham youngster Daniel Emmanuel and talented defender Nathan Clarke.

Barely three months after playing in the final at the Amex stadium, Borough entertain County League Arundel in the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night.