Borough squad to be finalised after Lewes friendly

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington insists he will make a decision on his final squad for the 2012-13 season after tonight’s friendly against Lewes.

Widdrington has had the chance to assess the pros and cons of all the triallists who have attended pre-season and he believes after the Lewes match he will be in a position to make an informed decision.

He said, “I want to get everything sorted and ready to go after Lewes. I’m pleased with the fitness and pleased with some of the quality I have seen but decision time is approaching.

“After Lewes we have two more friendly matches to play against Burgess Hill and Hastings. By then I want to know my squad and then we can attack these games at ful-tilt in preparation for our first league game against Dorchester.”

There have been a plethora of new faces at the Lane during their pre-season campaign. Widdrington and his assistant have had much to ponder as his side have drawn two lost three and won once against Stevenage, AFC Wimbledon, Whitehawk, Horsham, Hythe Town and Eastbourne Town.

Encouragingly the two draws came against League side AFC Wimbledon and Stevenage with the worst defeat being a 6-3 loss at Whitehawk.

After last Saturday’s draw with AFC Wimbledon, Widdrington added, ““We played well and worked hard without the ball but then at times we gave it away too cheaply.

“But this is what pre-season football is all about and I would not expect everything to be perfect at this stage.

“This was a good test and our most realistic game to date. Our fitness levels looked good but obviously there is still plenty to work on.”

After the match the club announced they added former Exeter city midfielder Chris Shephard to his squad.

Shephard, 23, made his début for Exeter City at home to Grimsby Town, in the 0–0 League Two draw on October 18, 2008.

He was loaned to Salisbury City in the 2009–10 season where Widdrington first worked with Shephard, and he later rejoined Salisbury City on a month-long loan deal in February 2011.

Chris also made five appearances for Bath City in 2012 on loan.

Widdrington said, “Chris is a creative midfield player who along with his ability also brings league experience to Priory Lane.”