Mind games and points at stake in Staines clash

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Tommy Widdrington is hoping his team can record a psychological victory over Staines Town in a crucial relegation clash this weekend.

Borough currently have the slight edge over rivals Staines, sitting just one point and one place above them and the dreaded drop zone.

However, Tommy believes a lot more is at stake than just the three points when they travel to Middlesex on Saturday.

“If we win, it would make things very difficult in their eyes because we’ve still got the two games in hand.

“We know a lot will be put on the game but we need to treat them as just another opponent.”

When Borough hosted Staines last month, the home side failed to muster a single shot on target as they went down to a solitary early goal.

“Out of my six games in charge, that is the only one I don’t think we put in a match-winning performance.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose though. It was an error for the goal but we played alright for the other 85 minutes.

“We’re not going to dwell on that though. We don’t look at single results or performances, just the bigger picture.”

A point could see Borough leapfrog Havant and Waterlooville and Bromley in the table before they have the chance pick up points in their rearranged fixtures against Thurrock and Dartford in the upcoming weeks.

“At this stage, goal difference acts like another point too, so we’re hoping to keep that below negative double figures.

“Saying that, we hope to record enough points so that it doesn’t come down to goal difference and we hope to do that as quickly as possible.”

The Sports earned two valuable points from their double meeting with Sutton last week and look to build on that momentum ahead of this weekend.

Widdrington’s men considered themselves desperately unlucky not to gain all three points during an entertaining 0-0 at Priory Lane on Saturday and were equally impressive on the road at Gander Green Lane on Wednesday.

“We thoroughly deserved that point on Wednesday. We were excellent attacking in the first half and resolute defensively in the second.

“I couldn’t fault the lads and we were harshly dealt a blow with that penalty, but we hope these things even themselves out.”

Another blow for Borough will be the loss of Marvin Hamilton-Omole, who suffered severe ligament damage in Borough’s draw with Sutton at Priory Lane last Saturday.

“Marvin still can’t walk and is very sore. He’ll be out for a minimum of a month but, realistically, we’ll be lucky to have him back before the end of the season.”

Veteran Darren Baker is set to continue at right back but fellow defender Ben Austin is still weeks rather days away from a return.