Enjoy it while we can – smart

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Eastbourne Borough midfielder Matt Smart has called on his team-mates to enjoy the Blue Square Bet Premier while they can.

The Sports’ time in the division looks to be running out, but that hasn’t stopped Smart producing some memorable moments.

He struck another long-range wonder goal against Southport last Saturday, six weeks after finding the net from 65 yards against Fleetwood Town.

Borough face the Lancashire side at Priory Lane tomorrow and the 34-year-old is determined to make the most of the remainder of the campaign.

“We have got to take each game as it comes,” he said, “Everyone has got to play for personal pride and play for the team. It is important we give everything until the end of the season. We have got to enjoy it while it’s there. Anything can happen. We don’t want to look back with regrets.

“I think people need to realise that the opportunity might not come around again.”

To have any chance of staying up Borough will need to find five wins from their remaining six games, but even that might not be enough.

While they may be short of points they certainly aren’t lacking in confidence, least of all Smart.

Looking back on his long-ranger last week he added, “Lightning strikes twice! It was really good to get it, and I have got the confidence to do it. It was a fantastic feeling when it went in.

“To be fair I did notice in the home game (a month earlier) that their keeper was standing a couple of yards off his line and I did have an opportunity in that game but Matt Crabb was holding onto the ball! This time I said leave it, and as soon as I hit it I knew it was going in.

“It was nice because a few of their players were saying to me during the game, ‘what a strike that was’, then I heard Bakes (Darren Baker) say ‘you didn’t see the one against Fleetwood!’

And boss Garry Wilson reckons the play-off chasers will have Smart’s effort in mind when they travel south.

“I think we caught them on a real flat day,” he said. “They will remember that, I’m sure they will be looking to put that right when they come away from home.

“We maybe got them on one of their poorer days.”

After tomorrow’s clash, Borough make the 700-mile round trip to Gateshead on Tuesday night. The squad will leave Sussex on Monday to give themselves the best opportunity to find a result in the north east and while the odds are stacked against them Wilson retains some hope.

“At the end of the season you just never know,” he said. “We are not giving up.”

Gary Elphick is set to miss out on Saturday through injury, along with Nathan Crabb and long-term duo Ross Treleaven and Matt Langston. Crystal Palace loanee Jack Holland (hip) is a doubt.

Baker award

Darren Baker will be presented with the 2011 Eastbourne Herald Sports Personality achievers award at Priory Lane before the Fleetwood match. Baker has clocked up 900 appearances for Eastbourne Borough and Langney Sports. Chairman Len Smith will also receive a life-time achievement award.