The magic of the FA Cup returns to Priory Lane this weekend as Eastbourne Borough battle with Hendon FC for a place in the Fourth Round Qualifying.
The cup clash will be a welcome distraction from domestic duties for Borough, who only picked up one win in the league throughout the whole of September.
And now, as they await the arrival of the Ryman Premier side on Saturday, Tommy Widdrington will be hoping his men can put their recent league slump to one side to progress to the next round.
He said, “We’re looking forward to what will be a big game for the club and I’m pleased it comes around quite quickly after Tuesday.”
While Borough will be the favourites to breeze past their lower-league opposition, they know only too well how much of a challenge underdogs can present after they witnessed a scare in the last round against Waltham Abbey.
The Blue Square South outfit were trailing by two goals to one in their Second Round Qualifying meeting with Abbey a fortnight ago, only to be bailed out by three goals in the last 15 minutes, two of which came from the lively Chris Shephard.
And although Widdrington claims the win at Waltham was ‘never in doubt’, he’s wary of a Hendon side who are struggling in their respective division having not won a game so far this campaign.
Widdrington said, “I haven’t looked at their results in the league because it won’t matter come Saturday. It will come down to who wants it most.”
Borough will pocket the £7,500 prize money and book their place in the Fourth Round Qualifying to take themselves just one step away from the main draw - the stage where the League sides enter the FA Cup.