Wilson aims for A dorchester double

Eastbourne Borough v Eastleigh at priory lane'08/10/11'Ben Watson celebrating
Eastbourne Borough v Eastleigh at priory lane'08/10/11'Ben Watson celebrating

Eastbourne Borough have been working on their attack in training this week in a bid to sink a resurgent Dorchester outfit.

Garry Wilson’s side beat Dorchester 3-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and are keen to achieve the double over their west country opponents.

But the Boro’ boss expects tomorrow’s visitors to offer sterner resistance.

In September the team were in severe financial trouble and Wilson said they played like a side under pressure.

However recently-appointed Dorchester boss Alan Knight MBE, who holds the record for most appearances for a single club by a goal keeper, seems to have turned their fortunes around.

Wilson said, “Alan Knight has gone in and results have improved and this will be a good test for us.”

Wilson stressed the importance of boosting his players’ morale after conceding a last minute goal in the 1-0 defeat at Maidenhead.

He added, “We had a very positive training session this week and the lads were in good spirits.

“We have been working on being sharper in the final third and working on ways of getting more players into the box.

“We have good, creative players in the side and we have to get them performing consistently and find ways of using them to their best.”

A look at the form-book would suggest the Dorset-based club come to the Lane as favourites having won their last two games.

Wilson will again be faced with a difficult decision as to who to pair up front, with strikers Gary Hart, Carl Rook, Ross Treleaven and Ben Watson all vying for a place on his team sheet.

Wilson said, “We aim to be positive and we want to take the game to them. It’s down to me to pick the right line-up.”

Gary Charman is expected to be fit despite sustaining a head injury after colliding with Darren Baker in training.

Gary Elphick is back in training while combative midfielder Eddie Hutchinson continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Sam Cole is set to return at left back as ex-Brighton player James Smith returns to university in America.

Dorchester’s joint top goalscorer Ben Dickenson misses the game with suspected ankle ligament damage.

A win for Boro’ could see them climb two places to 13th in the Blue Square Bet South table and would push their goal difference into positive figures for the season.

LEFT: top scorer Ben Watson returns from injury