Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington gave his team a run out in the reserves after the first XI game was postponed against Tonbridge Wells.
After Priory Lane’s pitch was declared waterlogged on Saturday morning Widdrington chose to let his regulars loose against Hampton and Richmond in the reserve game. He planned to give confidence to the goal-shy forwards who were all able to get themselves on the score sheet.
He said, “It was better than running a training session because the opposition were obviously really going for the win. Hopefully it can help our guys for the end of season run-in.”
The manager has also brought in some young new faces on loan, including 18-year-old forward Jonte Smith and 19-year-old winger Bayan Fenwick from Crawely and Crystal Palace respectively. Smith played and scored in the reserve game whilst Fenwick watched on after only meeting up with the rest of the team on Saturday.
Tommy added, “From now until the end of the season we need everyone for the hectic schedule. If injuries, suspensions and other issues make any Tom, Dick or Harry unavailable then I want Barry, Joe or Mary.”
Looking ahead to Tuesday night’s match against Hayes and Yeading, Widdrington played down the fact that it is a ‘six-pointer’ and was confident that four or five more wins would be enough for his side.
“If everyone works extremely hard we should be capable of achieving the targets I have set for the end of the season.”