Wilson aims to strike it lucky

Do we play Carl Rook up front on his own or pair him up with Gary Hart?

Perhaps we can recall Ben Watson and play him off Rook and move Gary Hart to the right wing.

Then what about Eddie Hutchinson? He can be a handful for the defence and could get on the end of a few Ross Treleaven long throws and crosses.

These, along with a myriad of other options, must be swirling around Eastbourne Borough manager Garry Wilson’s mind as he looks to find the right attacking blend to get Boro’s season back on track.

Rook is favourite to start up front having scored in his last two league outings plus a recent hat-trick in the Sussex Senior Cup - albeit against County League opposition.

Former Exeter striker and Bognor goal-machine Watson has been omitted from the starting line-up in recent matches and appears to be paying the price for a run of tough games when he was left to his own devices as a lone striker with precious little support.

The plus point for Wilson is that he has options - but who will he turn to for goals tomorrow in a game Boro’ must win if they are mount any form of a play-off push?

Wilson said, “Like the rest of the team we are trying to find consistent performances from our strikers.

“I have no preferred partnership up front it’s all to do with what we feel is best for each game and who is showing good form.

“At the moment Carl is doing well for us. He has worked hard, scored goals and created chances for others.

“That does not mean to say Ben will not play. To be fair to him, since he has been left out, he has not moaned he has got his head down and worked hard in training.

“I never felt Ben was playing poorly, A few chances didn’t go his way and when you have options on the bench you have to give others a chance. It’s then up to them to take it. It’s precisely what you want as a manager.”

Wilson is also mindful of getting the formation right in order to stem the flow in the goals against column. Boro’ have shipped 32 so far this season at an average of 1.68 per game. And for Wilson that is far too much. “It has been a big problem and we have to address that,” he said.

“Weston are a decent side. They have a lot of pace up front and we have to be mindful. We had a great game against them at their place (3-3). We let in two early goals but fought back well and dominated the match. It was a game we should have won.”

Sam Cole is expected to play despite an ongoing back problem. Gary Elphick is fit again as is Gary Charman who missed the game against Truro after a heavy collision with Ben Austin during the warm-up.