Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington admitted it was a special occasion as his side lifted the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup at the American Express Community Stadium tonight.
Nat Pinney’s goal seven minutes into the second half clinched a 1-0 victory over Worthing as Borough lifted the cup for the third time in their history.
A crowd of 2,899 saw the Conference South side edge a close game, in which goal hero Pinney pick up a second yellow in the closing stages.
But The Sports held out and Widdrington said: “There are probably a few more grey hairs after the last ten minutes or so, but it’s a special occassion to be able to represent your football club in an arena like this.
“If not the best Championship ground, it’s certainly one of them, I was gutted for Chris Hughton and his team last week.
“Cup finals are great, you want to have them on your CV, but you want to have a W next to it, you don’t want an L.
“I have been lucky with every cup final I’ve been in involved in I have actually won it and that’s about seven or eight now.”
Widdrington having played himself at Wembley, agreed it would have been like a game at the famous stadium for his players.
He revealed: “I said that to them. There will be players that will not get on that pitch again or may not get on that pitch again.
“I said to them, ‘don’t leave anything in the dressing room’, I think it’s a testament to both football clubs that they kept their entire squads together this long after the season.
“I know it had to be like this because of the play-offs, but them lads, all of them, have effectively been past the end of their contracts for three weeks now.
“To keep themselves in shape and put on a spectacle like they did, it was a good end-to-end game. Everyone deserves a bit of credit as do Brighton & Hove Albion for putting on a fantastic evening like they did.”
Widdrington added: “It was a tense affair, both teams felt each other out for longer than I thought they would. Fair play to Worthing they have not given overly too much respect and tried to put a game on us.
“They have some really good individuals, who I think will fair very well in the Ryman Premier League.
“The little bits of quality that we put together at times really did open them up and if we had scored a couple more goals, I don’t think they could have complained.
“Lewis (Carey) did have a couple of good saves to make and despite our long possession spells in the first half, they did manage to get a couple of sights at goal.
“They will be disappointed having been this season two leagues below us, they have certainly given us a really good game.Some games better than we have played in the Conference South, that’s a credit to them and their management team, but it’s all about winning, cup finals are great when you win.”
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