TW goes back to where it all began

Tommy Widdrington

Tommy Widdrington

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Almost a year since Tommy Widdrington took Eastbourne Borough to Boreham Wood in his first game in charge of the club, he’s set to return this weekend with hopes of extending his team’s unbeaten away league run to six matches.

The Sports travel to fifth-placed Boreham Wood having not lost a league contest on the road in just over three months following their win at Havant and Waterlooville on New Year’s Day.

And, with The Wood not having won at home in a similar length of time, Widdrington is hopeful his men can better the result they picked up when they played there last season.

He said, “Boreham Wood was my first game in charge and we went there and got a point, so hopefully we can go one better this time round.

“Ian Allinson has gone there and done a good job and it will be a tough game because they are a decent side. We will have our last training session on Friday and look forward to the game on Saturday.”

Borough’s opening win of 2013 - their third in the last five away domestic encounters - was enough to bump them up to ninth in the Blue Square South rankings, just five points away from a play-off spot and four points above the drop zone.

Widdrington added, “I mentioned it to the lads that I felt, had we played the away game that was postponed against Billericay before Christmas, we would have truly known where we stood in the table on January, 1st.

“One win from three over the festive period isn’t bad, though, and we hope to carry on our good away form this weekend.”

The Sports could face the Hertfordshire outfit without their top scorer, Chris Shephard, though after he was taken off during Saturday’s game at Havant with a slight groin strain.

Fellow attacker Jamie Smith also left the field in pain last weekend after twisting his ankle on the difficult playing surface at West Leigh Park. Both will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s clash.