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Tommy Widdrington has vowed to back his players following Eastbourne Borough’s two heavy defeats to Chelmsford City and Dover Athletic.

The Sports travel to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday, with the hosts currently sitting three places below Borough in 11th place.

Darren Lok chases a loose ball against Dover Athletic

Darren Lok chases a loose ball against Dover Athletic

Widdrington, after the heavy 4-0 home defeat to Dover, said, “I’m not one to fanfare when we win or when we play particularly well and I’m not one to get too down although it hurts when you lose a game.”

However, a 3-0 defeat and a 4-0 defeat have not changed Widdrington’s view of the squad.

Widdrington said, “We can compete on our day, and with our best 11, with anybody in the league. We have a plan B but maybe we need a plan C or D. I do know I have resolves in myself and I have got belief in what I do and I’ve got belief in the players in the dressing room.”

The match against Havant & Waterlooville comes off the back of four games without a loss for the team from Hampshire and, in their previous game, drew 0-0 with Dover Athletic.

The Sports, however, have won just two league games in their past five matches, scoring six goals in those matches.

And, while goals have not been an issue for Borough this season, with 15 goals in their 12 league games, Widdrington believes Borough, at the moment, have to score the perfect goal.

He said, “We were just talking there collectively and we were saying at the minute we seem to have to score the perfect goal. If you think, the goals we’ve scored, they have been really good goals, good team goals or good individual strikes, not errors from other sides.”

Havant & Waterlooville, managed by Lee Bradbury, will be looking to capitalise on the errors Widdrington talked about, while also looking to keep their sixth clean sheet of the season, to ensure all three points and a chance to jump above the Sports.

Borough will also be looking to keep their sixth clean sheet of the year, having managed five so far in all competitions.