Borough look equipped to cope with physical demands

Richard Pacquette
Richard Pacquette

Three goals from his first three matches represents a great start from Eastbourne Borough striker Richard Pacquette.

Pacquette, 31, scored twice in Borough’s impressive 3-1 home victory against Weston Super-Mare and added to his goal in the 2-0 triumph against Chelmsford.

It’s an encouraging start for the man signed from Maidenhead during the close season but he believes there is much more to come from him and his team mates.

Speaking after the Weston match, he said, “It was a good win for the team. We are on a good run, we want to make or home patch a bit of a fortress so the win today was good.”

Borough look a stronger outfit this season. Last year they played some excellent football but were sometimes bullied against the stronger teams of the division.

This year Tommy Widdrington’s side have an abundance of strapping six-footers. The likes of Ian Simpemba, Adam Watts, Kiran Khinda-John, Marvin Hamilton, Matt Aldred, Pacquette and James Walker certainly add a physicality to the line-up - something the boss is keen to exploit.

Of the first goal Pacquette said, “It was a great ball in from Johnno (Simon Johnson). The gaffer (Widdrington) mentioned in training that we have a bit of size about us this season so we are hoping to score a lot from set pieces. It’s something we have been working on.

“I just made a run across my man and I knew I just had to get a bit of a touch on it to guide it in the corner. The cross had enough on it and it happened for me.

“I had just missed one from a corner, from Gav’s (Gavin McCallum) corner in the first few minutes. It got blocked so it was good to see that one go in.”

After three matches Borough sit top of the fledging Vanarama South table. While it’s early days the signs look good.

Pacquette added, “We know in our dressing room what we are capable of.

“We have done well so far but it’s a long way to go. We believe in how we want to play, there are a lot more strings to our bow and there is a lot more to come from us we know that.”

Pacquette, who has had 23 clubs during a nomadic career, played for Borough under Garry Wilson in the Conference Premier.

He scored 10 goals from 33 appearances in the 2010-11 season, when Borough were relegated back into the Conference South. The former QPR man is hoping for better fortunes this time around.

“I enjoyed my first time here. Unfortunately we got relegated but that’s football. I’m glad to be back, it’s a good place.

“I’m enjoying my football at the moment so I’ve just got to keep working hard and keep playing with a smile on my face and hopefully I can score more goals.”