TW shrugs off late goal jinx

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Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington shrugged off his side’s habit of conceding late goals, despite it costing them a potential second-placed spot.

Following the Sports’ draw with Basingstoke on Tuesday in which a 96th-minute strike gifted the home side a share of the spoils, Borough have now shipped late goals in six of their league contests so far this season.

Had Tommy Widdrington’s men been able to hold out in each of these occasions, they would have picked up an extra nine points that would see them sit just one place behind league-leaders Salisbury - a gap of 13 places above where they currently lie in 15th.

Widdrington said, “Had we not conceded the 95th minute goal to Sutton and 96th-minute goal on Tuesday, we’d be in the play-offs.

“It’s simple to say that but it’s all ifs and buts. What it does tell me is that maybe we’re not as far away as people think we are. The league is very tight.

“At the end of the day, we need to start seeing out matches and it’s the responsibility of the 11 players on the field to do that.”

Borough have been pegged back from a winning position on twice- once to lose to Dorchster on the opening day of the season - and have seen draws end up in defeat on four other occasions.