Eastbourne Borough travel to Cornwall today ahead of a crucial April which sees Tommy Widdrington’s under pressure side facing a run of seven tough games – five against fellow relegation struggler’s – in a bid to stave off the drop.
The Blue-Square-South’s basement side, Truro City, are first up tomorrow and Widdrington’s men will want maximum points to show for a near 600 mile round trip to a team already resigned to relegation.
However, the Borough boss is well aware of the threatposed by a club which has little more than pride to play for and he is keen to ensure his side take nothing for granted.
A narrow 1-0 win for Borough in the reverse fixture at Priory Lane earlier in the season suggests that Truro will be no push-overs.
Widdrington knows Truro’s strengths having watched them on several occasions this season and he was full of praise for tomorrow’s opponents.
“I watched them on Good Friday and they are a strong, well organised side” he said.
“They are no mugs.”
Widdrington, whose team are travelling up today (Friday) to train at Exeter City’s ground before the game, has the luxury of being able to choose from a squad that is largely injury-free and will travel with a squad of 18 players. Midfielder Charlie Gorman is the only injury concern.
Borough will be keen to bounce back after a 3-0 Easter Monday thumping by runaway leaders Welling United.
Victory tomorrow would be the perfect start to a gruelling period for Borough.
The real test for Borough starts now when the five fixtures in April against their fellow strugglers will ultimately decide the club’s fate come the end of the season.
However, the Borough boss was keen to play down the importance of the games against their relegation rivals and said “I’m not saying these games are six pointers, but it’s true teams down the bottom may have more to play for.”
While the threat of relegation is a very real one. Widdrington, whose side are just two points clear of the drop zone, insists he has not even thought about dropping down a division.
When questioned about the thorny subject, he said, “We haven’t even contemplated it.”
Widdrington firmly believes that Borough can look up the league rather than down it by picking up maximum points in the run-in to haul themselves into mid-table.
He added, “I firmly believe there are massive strides that have been made at the club and I believe we can have a good finish to the season.”