Whitehawk test for buoyant Boro’

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Eastbourne Borough will be hoping to notch a second impressive victory on the trot this Boxing Day when they travel to in-form Whitehawk.

With a 4-1 scalp of league leaders Boreham Wood under their belts from last weekend, the Sports will be sky-high in confidence ahead of their trip to the Enclosed Ground this afternoon (Friday, December 26).

It will be no easy test though, as promotion-chasing Whitehawk have won five of their last seven domestic fixtures, propelling them up to fourth in the Vanarama South table.

Steve King’s men will make a return visit to Priory Lane on New Year’s Day but before that, Borough must welcome Maidenhead to the coast on Sunday, December 28 for their second fixture in three days.

On paper, Maidenhead will provide a slightly easier test for Tommy Widdrington’s men having lost three of their last four matches, including two 4-0 defeats at the hands of Bath City and Ebbsfleet United.

The sides shared the spoils in a goalless draw when they met back in January but Widdrington will be aiming to pocket all three points if his side are going to begin their ascent back up the table, which he believes is a realistic possibility following their resolute display against top-of-the-table Boreham Wood last weekend.

Speaking after the victory, he said, “The ingredients we showed in the first half can get us back up to where we want to be and the ingredients we showed for 20 minutes when they had a good spell, that can help us too.”

Borough are currently ninth in the Vanarama South standings, just four points adrift of the play-off places. Their matches against Whitehawk and Maidenhead will both kick off at 3pm. See page 82 for more match reaction and pictures.