Rough and tumble football takes toll on Borough

Chris Shephard
Chris Shephard

Eastbourne Borough are battling against the rough and tumble of non-league football as four of their first-team names are forced out of this weekend’s clash with injuries.

Borough, travelling to table-topping Salisbury City this Saturday, will be without key players Darren Baker, Marvin Hamilton and Simon Johnson, while Chris Shephard is also a doubt.

Baker, Hamilton and Shephard are all suffering after taking blows to the ankle while Johnson is struggling with a tendon problem picked up in the Sports’ home match with Maidenhead last weekend.

Widdrington said, “Chris is very, very sore at the moment.

“Not only did he take a heavy knock on his ankle at Welling, but the guy fell on top of it as well, so it was a double hit. He’s a tough little cookie though and we’ll assess how he is on Friday after some rest.

“Marvin tried to train on Monday and he was nowhere near ready. Baker is another one out injured. He came off on Saturday with an ankle the size of a watermelon, despite not remembering being kicked or hit or anything, it’s a strange one.

“Jack Macfarlane, although he hasn’t been in our first team, is also out injured, which means all three of our right-backs are unavailable. That’s why Rowe had to play out of position on Tuesday night.”

Widdrington, who spent five years at Salisbury, will be hoping his side can recover from the small slump that has seen them lose their last two matches when they travel to Wilshire this weekend.

He said, “Salisbury will be very confident but we still need to have the belief as a team. We went to Dover and got a result when not many would have expected us to.

“I know them very well but they know us just as well, so it should make for a great game. It’s always nice to return to your old club and I’m really looking forward to it.”