On loan midfielder Frankie Raymond insists Eastbourne Borough are more than capable of shocking league leaders Boreham Wood at Priory Lane tomorrow (Saturday).
Raymond, 22, extended his loan deal from League Two outfit Dagenham and Redbridge earlier this week and is determined to help Borough get their festive fixtures off to a flying start.
Raymond was a key player for Tommy Widdrington’s side last season and his impressive displays at left back and central midfield prompted Dagenham to make their move.
Raymond joined the Daggers for an undisclosed fee in July 2014 but has struggled to establish himself in Wayne Burnett’s first team. Raymond said, “I had a good preseason with them and I really enjoyed it. I was getting on the bench but struggling to get minutes on the pitch.
“When the chance came up to come back to Borough (on loan) I jumped at it. I just wanted to play and get some minutes on the pitch.
“It was great to come back. A few of the lads were a bit surprised to see me but it’s been good. There’s a great squad here. Not just the first 11 but 16-17 players are all pushing to start.
“It’s the same at Daggenham. Both sides want to win by playing good football so it was an easy decision to come back.”
Both Raymond and Josh Hare, on loan from Gillingham, extended their stay at the Lane until January 10 and Widdrington will certainly need them due to a hectic Christmas schedule.
After Boreham Wood, Borough travel for a tasty looking Boxing Day clash with Steve King’s Whitehawk. Two day’s later on December 28 they welcome Maidenhead before a New Year’s Day showdown with Whitehawk at the Lane. It’s Basingstoke away on January 4 with the last game of Raymond’s loan period also against Basingstoke but this time at Priory Lane. Raymond added, “While I’m here I want to help the team as much as I can. I have felt the difference this season. I feel stronger and fitter and hopefully that can help me influence games a lot more.
“Ultimately I want to play at the highest level I can so it’s a case of taking it game by game for Eastbourne and then hopefully force my way into the side at Dagenham.
“I’m still training with them during the week. I’m speaking to the manager (Burnett) all the time so hopefully it should work out well.”