Tommy Widdrington’s free-scoring strikers are preparing to face the meanest defence in the league tomorrow (Saturday).
Eastbourne Borough’s Vanarama South clash at Gosport Borough promises to be a contrast of styles but boss Widdrington expects fireworks nonetheless.
Borough have scored 11 goals in their last four games, while Gosport’s stubborn back line have conceded just four league goals all season.
“We’ve been free-scoring of late and although they’ve got one of the meanest defences at this level I won’t be expecting a quiet game, they’ll be plenty of goal-mouth action,” said Widdrington.
There were goals in the two clashes last season as Borough won 2-1 away from home before Gosport returned the favour with a 3-1 victory at Priory Lane.
Darren Lok, who scored the winner in Borough’s FA Cup triumph in Kingstonian last week, was on target twice in this fixture last season and will be pushing for a start.
With the exception of the injured Adam Watts, who pulled a hamstring in Kingstonian, Widdrington has a full strength squad to choose from and he added it is proving quite the “headache.”
Borough boss Widdrington is known to leave no stone unturned in his preparations.
And there is one player who will be particularly familiar this weekend.
In MATT PATTERSON, SATURDAY’S OPPONENTS BOAST A STRIKER WITH PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE,
“Gosport have got a lot of ex-pros,” Widdrington said. “I know Matt as I was assistant manager when he was at Southend and he’s a very good player.”
Patterson started his career at Southampton and was famously sent of against Manchester united in the fa cup in 2009
He scored a hat-trick in the competition as Gosport beat Larkhill 7-0 in the third round of qualifying last week.