Shephard & Smith attack combo works for Tommy

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Tommy Widdrington is hoping the new combination of Chris Shephard and Jamie Smith can help Eastbourne Borough exact revenge on a Maidenhead team who ‘mugged’ the Sports earlier this season.

Maidenhead took all three points fron Priory Lane at the beginning of September in a contest the home side dominated.

However, if Borough can adopt a similar standard of performance to that which they showed in the 2-2 draw at Bath City last Saturday, Widdrington believes the club can ascend the Blue Square Bet South table.

A key component could be the forming of an attacking relationship on the field between Chris Shephard and recent signing Jamie Smith.

The sprightly duo are similar in stature and style of play and combined effortlessly to help Borough secure a point at Tweton Park at the weekend.

Widdrington said, “I’m in no doubt about Smith’s ability and I think we’ve put him into a side that he can work well with.

“I think Jamie and Chris compliment each other and the way they linked up on Saturday was very encouraging.

“I’m convinced that if we can put in the same level of play as we did at Bath, then we can finish the season in a very healthy position.”

The Sports were left with mixed emotions after their visit to the West Country on Saturday as a last-minute equaliser gifted the Romans a point after Borough had taken a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Widdrington said, “It was just one of those situations. The goals were a bit freaky.

“The first was an unfortunate own goal and the second was one of those that, had it been on Match of the Day, they’d have been debating whether it crossed the line or not.

“We’d managed to silence the home crowd for an hour or so but a couple of the referee’s decisions got them going again and that lifted the Bath side.

“We need to learn how to see games out but when teams are behind, they throw the kitchen sink. We don’t often find ourselves behind and in those kinds of position.”

Borough face two trips in the space of five days as they travel to Maidenhead on Saturday before a trip to fourth-placed Chelmsford on Wednesday.

Widdrington added, ““It will be a tough week but that’s just part of football, you accept it.”