We must conquer our home demons

Tommy Widdrington

Tommy Widdrington

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Eastbourne Borough are looking to restore the belief among their fans, starting with a result against Sutton United on Saturday.

Tommy Widdrington’s side host Sutton four days before they travel to the Borough Sports Ground to play them again in a rearranged fixture.

Widdrington said, “It’s unusual but it will make no difference to us. First and foremost, this Saturday’s match is most important, and after that we’ll look towards Wednesday.

“Sutton are around the top of the table so it won’t be an easy match, but then none of them are. I believe any team can beat any other team in this league.”

Before Eastbourne can overcome a strong Sutton side though, they have some inner battles they must fight first.

“There has been a lack of confidence from the team, particularly at home, and that’s something I’m looking to change.

“Because of previous results, the fans aren’t expecting anything when we play at home, but we want them to embrace the changes at the club because we all want the same thing.

“I’ve told the lads, if they can replicate away form at home, they’ll have no problem picking up points.”

Eastbourne have won four points from Widdrington’s first four matches in charge, which currently sees them sit one spot above the relegation zone.

Last week they dropped momentarily into the bottom three for the first time this season, before a pleasing win at Truro last Saturday saw them climb back out.

With just 12 games left of the season, Widdrington’s aware his team must start racking up the points if they’re to defy the drop.

And the boss believes his handful of new signings have settled in well enough to play a key part on their quest for survival.

“They have put in some very able performances. It was unfortunate Ellis Remy and Marvin Hamilton-Omole got caught up in the accident traffic on the M25 and were unable to start against Farnborough, because otherwise I probably wouldn’t have changed my starting line-up from the one at Truro.

“I don’t want to use that as an excuse though. We played with the hand we were dealt and unfortunately, this time, it just wasn’t good enough.”

Ben Austin and Gary Charman are both expected to start training this week after being sidelined with long-term injuries, although may not make a return to the first team for a number of matches yet.

Clark Masters is also now available after serving his suspension but faces stiff competition for a starting place from Brighton loanee ‘keeper Mitch Walker.