Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson must have been cursing his luck once again after a disastrous trip to league-leaders AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Not only did Boro’ lose the match 3-0, they lost Simon Weatherstone to injury in the warm-up, Matt Langston suffered an injured knee on 22 minutes and striker Richard Pacquette received a red-card following a 28th minute challenge on home keeper Seb Brown.
Pacquette will serve a three-match suspension, while Langston and Weatherstone, who was an ever-present in the Boro’ side this season until Wimbledon, look certain to miss the New Year’s Day trip to Crawley Town.
Both injured players are also highly doubtful for the Bank Holiday Monday home clash with Cambridge United. Pacquette will not be available for league duty until Boro’ visit Kettering on January 22.
Wilson moaned, “Our luck has got to change at some point. It does leave us very short on numbers for these games. To lose two experienced players to injury in the same game was a real blow for us. We need to assess the extent of the injuries but at this stage I can’t see either of them making the Crawley game.”
Of Pacquette Wilson added, “The ball was played in between the centre half and the keeper and Richard had every right to challenge. There was contact but it was not a red card. If Richard hadn’t challenged for the ball we would have had a go at him for backing out. A striker cannot win in that situation.”
With Boro’ just two points above the drop zone Wilson is desperate to add to his squad during the January transfer window and admits a striker is his top priority.
“We are keen to do business but it’s not always that easy. We need to strengthen in that area but at this stage I cannot say how certain I am of signing someone. It’s always 50-50 in these situations. We need a striker but with Weatherstone’s injury, we also need to look at the midfield area.”
Young midfielder Ethan Strevett was drafted into the side after Weatherstone’s late withdrawal and gave a promising display against one of the best midfields in the division.
Stevett was replaced by Nathan Crabb on 62 minutes after complaining of a tight hamstring but the flame-haired youngster may have impressed the boss enough to earn a place in the midfield engine room against Crawley.
Wilson added, “It was a big game for Ethan and he did okay, he is one for the future. He is a good lad and we hope he continues to progress.”
While Boro’ were left battered and bruised from their Tuesday afternoon encounter, New Year’s Day’s opponents Crawley Town enjoyed another day of rest following the Boxing Day postponement when the two sides were due to meet at Priory Lane.
Their lack of action has seen Newport County leap-frog Steve Evans’ men into second spot after their 3-2 midweek victory at Kidderminster on Tuesday.