It's 800 not out for Borough legend Baker

Eastbourne Borough defender Darren Baker admits it will be a bitter-sweet moment when he makes his 800th appearance at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium tomorrow.

Baker, who made his Sports debut 16 years ago at Haywards Heath in the RUR Cup, said, "It's great to get to these milestones but it's amazing just how fast the years in football pass.

"Obviously to play 800 games for your club is fantastic but it does mean you are closer to the end of your career.

"This season we have played at some great places with wonderful facilities and the Pirelli stadium is an ideal place to make the 800.

"No disrespect to Worthing but I'm glad it will come this Saturday rather than a midweek match in the Sussex Senior."

Baker, just 34, has been a tremendous servant to his home town club and has seemlessly adapted to each tier of non-league football.

But with Boro facing a relegation scrap this season, he insists the jump from the Blue Square South into the Premier has been his toughest test yet.

"When I first started out I had no knowledge of the non-league pyramid. To be where we are now is a fantastic achievement by everyone at the club and it's great to be part of the success.

"Every time we have progressed it opens your eyes to a new level and sets a new standard that we have to achieve.

"There's no question the National is the biggest jump we have had and for me it comes down to the full-time verus part-time situation. Every team we come up against is organised and has a method of playing.

"But we have shown when we are at our best we can compete at this level. We went to Stevenage and won and we have to start picking up a few more points on the road.

"We are never going to go on a 10-match winning run but we have to start being difficult to beat and pick up points when we can."