Widdrington seeks Staines redemption

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Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington will ask his players to help him right a few wrongs against Staines at Priory Lane tomorrow (Saturday).

Borough have had few regrets this season as a youthful and talented side have carefully manoeuvred themselves into a play-off position as they approach their Christmas fixtures.

But for Widdrington, the 2-1 defeat in Staines earlier this season remains a source of irritation and the boss is eager to put that right.

The Sports began the season well and were unbeaten as they travelled to Staines.

They took a first-half lead thanks to a sublime strike from Simon Johnson and looked to be heading for a comfortable victory.

Borough continued to pile forward and were seeking a second goal when they were hit by two swift counter punches in the dying moments and lost the game 2-1.

Widdrington said, “I took full responsibility for that one and I admit I should have changed it.

“At the time we were playing our best football of the season and looked the most likely to score a second.

“There didn’t appear to be any way for them to get back into the game but of course we now know that they did.

“I accept I got that one wrong and I would love it if my players could help me out this weekend and make it right.”

Borough will no-doubt approach the game in a confident mood.

After a sticky patch in October that saw them lose heavily at Chelmsford and at home to Dover, Widdrington’s young chargers have showed fine form. They are unbeaten in their last seven matches and have strengthened their squad considerably with the recent arrivals of Jack Deaman, Tom Derry and Jamie Taylor.

Taylor has started his second stint at Borough like a train. The 30-year-old striker was always a popular figure at the Lane following his displays in the Conference Premier three seasons ago.

After moving on to Lincoln, Taylor joined Skrill South rivals Sutton United at the start of the season.

Borough agreed a deal with Sutton last week to bring Taylor in on-loan and he has already earned his new side four points.

It took just 18 minutes for the front runner to re-open his account with a typical poachers finish against Weston Super-Mare last Saturday. He then had the Priory Lane crowd in raptures when he unleashed a stunning lob from 35-yards to seal a 2-0 victory.

He added a third goal in his second game during the 1-1 draw at Concord Rangers on Tuesday night.

Widdrington added, “He fits in well with the type of football that we play.

“The other lads have welcomed him with open arms.

“It’s hard to say too much at this stage. He is with us at the minute and there is a possibility of an extension but we will have to wait and see how that pans out at this stage.”

Speaking after his two-goal blast against Weston. Taylor added, “I have not looked beyond the month at the moment. For personal reasons I came here. Sutton have been good enough to let me come here for a month. Eastbourne understand my situation and we will take it game by game and see what happens.”

Borough could be boosted by the return to fitness of Matt Aldred but the Staines game will likely be too soon for Chris Shephard, who is struggling with a calf injury.

Frankie Raymond will hope to return to the starting XI after he was dropped to the bench for the draw in Concord.

Gillingham loanee Tom Derry, who looked a lively presence against Weston, could also be in line for a starting role once more.