Timing was everything for Dover

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Tommy Widdrington believes his side can learn a lesson from Dover after they inflicted Borough’s biggest defeat of the season so far on Saturday.

The Whites are tipped to be promotion contenders in the Blue Square South this year and you can see why after their well-drilled team scored three and kept their clean sheet in-tact against a frustrated Borough line-up.

Widdrington said, “It’s hard to stand here and say the back four did well when they conceded three goals, but they didn’t really do much wrong.

“I think today is a case of looking at why and how Dover won rather than why we didn’t win.

“They are a very good side but our players must look at themselves and ask whether they won their individual battle on the field and I don’t feel like we won enough of those today.

“None of their players looked for the limelight, which is a really good thing, and I think we can learn a lot from their performance here.”

One of the keys to Dover’s success on Saturday was the timing of their goals. Coming in the 18th, 51st and 72nd minute, each one crushed a Sports side who were dominating play at the time.

Widdrington said, “The timing of all three goals was body blows to us. They all came when we were in the ascendancy but we need to turn that dominance into goals.

“Games are won and lost by smaller margins and I think yes, 3-0 was probably a bit flattering to them.

“But again, we must look at the bigger picture and while it’s disappointing to end our unbeaten run, we must pick ourselves up for Saturday.”

Eastbourne Borough take a break from their league schedule on Saturday. They face a tricky away FA Trophy draw at King’s Lynn.