Second chance for Borough

Chris Shephard strikes against Hendon
Chris Shephard strikes against Hendon

Progressing to the next round of the FA Cup will be no easy task for Eastbourne Borough as they face a tricky replay away to Hendon tonight (Tuesday).

Despite Hendon sitting second from bottom of the Ryman Premier without a win to their name so far this season, they pushed Borough to the limit on Saturday, holding them to a 2-2 draw to force the replay at Vale Farm.

Should Borough triumph in North London they will pocket £7,500 in prize money and face a trip to either Histon or Corby Town in the fourth qualifying round.

After watching his side push desperately for an equaliser that eventually came in the 85th minute, manager Tommy Widdrington knows not to underestimate their lower-league opponents.

Speaking after the draw on Saturday, he said, “Hendon are a side who know what they’re doing.

“Each of their players stuck to their task today and I can’t see how, if they produce performances like that week in, week out, they’re still down the bottom of the league.”

Borough have enjoyed little success in the FA Cup since they reached the first round proper in 2005 against Oxford United.

Thousands packed into Priory Lane and millions watched on Match of the Day as Borough forced a replay against the Football League side.

The Sports were eventually knocked out in the replay and since then have struggled to make their mark in the world’s most famous club knock-out competition.

Widdrington added, “There’s a history at this club of going out of the cup to teams lower than us and obviously Alan and I want to change that.

“There’s more to come from us, absolutely. We’ll train like normal on Monday morning and travel up there ready to go on Tuesday.”