We are still fighting for FA Cup first round

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington believes his men still have a great chance of progressing to the FA Cup first round proper.

Borough are in the hat for Monday night’s first round proper draw but they will have to beat Dover in the replay at the Crabble Athletic Ground on Tuesday in order to progress.

Widdrington said, “The tie is still open and we will go to Dover with confidence.

“It’s impossible to ignore who we could potentially face in the next round but we still have a big job on our hands on Tuesday night. Dover cannot afford to take it granted and we certainly won’t.

“It is still their for us. If we are at it from the start until the end we have every chance. Dover are at home, they might come at us a bit more but I have an idea of how we approach the game and hopefully it can get us a result. One way or another the tie will be decided on Tuesday and let’s just hope it goes our way.”

Towards the end of the match on Saturday an Elliott Charles’ attempt was thwarted by a last ditch challenge from Dover defender Connor Essam that had the crowd screaming for a penalty. Widdrington added, “I have certainly seen them given but the referee had a good game overall. I can’t have any major complaints.” Borough have no injuries concerns and are at full strength for the replay. See Friday’s Herald for match report