THE Eastbourne Borough squad will be looking to impress as they step on to the Priory Lane pitch in front of a crowd for the first time this season when the club host Stevenage on Tuesday.
Tommy Widdrington has introduced a host of new players to the Borough dressing room over the summer and they will be hoping to show what they’ve got when they take to the field against the League One outfit this week.
Widdrington said, “There will be a few trialists out there on Tuesday night but everyone will be looking to come out and do well.
“Without mincing my words, a few of the players will be having to impress me in order to stay here, but they are all desperate to be with the club and looking forward to getting back to matches.
“Credit to them, some of these players are turning up to training for nothing and still putting in the effort and work-rate because they all really want to be at the club.
“There will be some new faces put in front of the Borough crowd and, even though it’s a friendly, both us and Stevenage will be wanting to go out there and win, because that’s a good habit to get in to.”
Borough resumed their pre-season training last Saturday and, with the unexpected arrangement of Tuesday’s fixture, were called in again for additional sessions throughout the week to try and regain match fitness.
Borough boss Widdrington said he had no complaints with the way his players returned after the summer and believes they’re in good shape ahead of the midweek clash.
“A lot of the players we recruited have come from a full-time playing background and so are used to staying fit over the summer.
“Even the likes of Ollie Rowe, Sam Cole, Darren Baker, all those who were at the club previously, came back in great nick to be fair to them.
“I think that bodes well, it’s a good mentality for them to have.
“I don’t think anyone will play the full 90 minutes on Tuesday but it’s all about staying injury-free and getting back to match fitness.
“While this fixture wasn’t in our original plans, you can’t say no to hosting a League One club, it’s brilliant for us, and it’s good to work our pre-season around game situations.
“We had to change our training a little bit but it was something you can’t control. If you can’t overcome the problems posed, then you shouldn’t be in the business.”
The match kicks off at 7:30pm at Priory Lane and is the first friendly ahead of the 2012/2013 campaign, to be followed with matches against the likes of Lewes, Horsham and Eastbourne Town, before domestic duty gets back under-way on August, 18.
The club have also arranged for another match against league opposition when AFC Wimbledon travel to the south coast later this month.