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Eastbourne Borough go into the weekend’s fixture full of confidence after their FA Cup heroics on Tuesday night.

Despite illness, injuries and a long Tuesday night trip, Borough rallied to fight against the odds and showed tremendous resilience and great character to win at a well-oiled Farnborough outfit.

Matt Aldred and Simon Johnson block Farnborough's progress in the FA Cup replay victory

Matt Aldred and Simon Johnson block Farnborough's progress in the FA Cup replay victory

And they will have to call on all of those resources again. As in Sutton United, Saturday’s opponents, they face a side sitting pretty at the business end of the Skrill South and one with aspirations for promotion this season.

Speaking ahead of the game, manager Tommy Widdrington said of the opposition,”They’re starting to get on a roll, they’re a side trying to get out of this league and they’ve made a solid start.

They’re just above us in the table and we’ve had mixed fortunes against them in the past.”

But Borough are team in good form themselves. Their last league game saw them beat Bishop’s Storford in resounding fashion, and as Widdrington explained, despite being unlucky on occasions, they are yet to turn in a bad performance this season. “I’m not even sure there’s been a half this season where I can say, lads that’s just not good enough.

Even if we’ve lost a game it’s not been for the want of trying,” he said.

This is, in large part, down to the spirit in the dressing room.

The players are clearly working for each other on the pitch and the boss added, “The attitude has been superb. Their commitment to each other is fantastic and there’s a really good feeling around the club.”

Borough should be back at full strength for the weekend as well.

Skipper Ian Simpemba hopes to be fit again after missing Tuesday’s game through illness.

James Stinson, who made his début in the captain’s absence, was excellent on Tuesday night according to the manager, but Simpemba will be welcomed back to improve an already solid defence.

And in Darren Lok, they might just have the hardest working forward in the league.

Lok will be tasked with firing for Borough on Saturday and his hard work has started to bear fruit in terms of goals in recent weeks.

Widdrington was quick to heap praise on the man who put Farnborough to the sword ahead of the trip to Sutton, and the former tough-tackling midfielder revealed how he might have dealt with him during his playing days.

“I was delighted for him to get the goal (On Tuesday). He’s the reason we’re so busy, so lively and so energetic. It’s all about him really and the lads supplement him.

“I wouldn’t like to play against him, I’d end up kicking him!”

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