Borough on red alert for Basingstoke clash

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

A recent flurry of red cards will see Eastbourne Borough welcome basement club Basingstoke without three first team regulars.

Goalkeeper Lewis Carey, defender Craig Stone and midfielder Jack Evans are all suspended for the crunch National South League clash.

Manager Tommy Widdrington, who was also sent from the dugout during Borough’s last league match at Maidstone United, will be forced to shuffle his pack.

Crystal Palace goalkeeper David Gregory has been brought in on a month long deal and is set to make his debut. Dutch midfielder Bouwe Bosma was praised for his performance at Maidstone and is expected to keep his place in midfield. Bosma has started just twice this season. His first game was at Weston where he played the entire second half in goal after Carey was sent-off.

Widdrington said, “He has been a bit unlucky but he is a tremendous character. He will be important for us, particularly with Jack out, and I’m sure he will feature.

“He has more to offer and he will only get better and better the more he is involved.

“He has been out on loan this season and we had a few offers for him from Ryman League clubs but I felt he deserved his chance here. He has worked hard to force his way into the first team.”

The table would suggest the game against Basingstoke is a relegation clash. Basingstoke are bottom of the league on 16 points while Borough are fifth from bottom on 24 points - Borough do, however, have three games in hand on many of the team above them.

“It’s too early to say this a must win game. It’s a very important game for us make no mistake about that. We accept there is expectation for us to go on and win the game. They are bottom in league, we are above them in the table and we are the home side.

“It is the start of a run of important games for us and we will be doing our best to get it off to winning start.”

Borough’s midweek Sussex Senior Cup match at Three Bridges was postponed for the second time and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 12 at Priory Lane.