3G surface can be a '˜real game changer' for Boro'

Manager Tommy Widdrington said the installation of a 3G surface could be a '˜game changer' for Eastbourne Borough.

Friday, 8th April 2016, 11:09 am
Updated Friday, 8th April 2016, 11:32 am
Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Widdrington is delighted the club received the green light and work is expected to get underway at Priory Lane on May 9 and is set to be ready for National League South action next season.

The cost of installing the new surface on the main pitch is £375,000 but the club hope to generate a six-figure return per annum from pitch hire fees and increased club memberships.

Surplus revenue, after loan repayments, are expected to go towards the first team playing budget.

Widdrington said, “I am delighted that the club has made a conscious decision to move forward and progress.

“Financially it is the right move as it provides a sustainable income and from a playing point of view, I have no problems at all with it.

“I have spoken to the players and not one had any reservations about playing on it for next season. We played at Sutton United last week on their 3G and the game flowed nicely. It didn’t feel like a false game in any way, shape or form. We like to get the ball down and play and I’m sure playing on a 3G surface week in and week out will only help us to do that. It could be a game changer for us in terms of income.

“We are the top team in the area and this could make the club a hub of the football community for East Sussex.”

Before contractors S&C Slatter begin work in May, Borough have four more league fixtures of the season to complete. Hemel Hempstead Town, who are sixth and chasing a play-off spot, visit for what will be the penultimate match to played on grass at Priory Lane.

“It’s key for us to put in a good display for the fans,” Widdrington added. “Hemel are very good team and they are still in the shake-up for a play-off spot.

“I saw them play on Monday at Wealdstone and even though they didn’t get the win, they were certainly the dominant side.

“We have more than one eye on next season and I’m looking for the players to show me how much they want to stay.”

Tickets are available for Eastbourne Borough’s Sussex Senior Cup final against Worthing at the AMEX Stadium.

The match kicks-off on Friday, May 20 at 7.30pm against high-riding Ryman Premier side Worthing as Borough attempt to win the trophy they last won in the 2008-09 season.

Borough manager Tommy Widdrington said, “It is the show piece for Sussex football and it’s a great way for us to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

“It’s the first time I have been involved in a competitive game at the AMEX so it’s one I’m looking forward to and I’m sure the players are too.

“But finals are only good if you win them, so we are pleased to be there but we also want to go there and complete the job.”

Prices: adults £10; concessions £5; under-16s £3

Tickets will be on sale at Langney Sports Club from 6.30pm to 8.00pm each Thursday evening up to the final. There will also be an opportunity to purchase tickets from 12 noon to 1.30pm prior to the home game with Gosport Borough on April 23. Further information can be obtained from EBFC on 01323 766265.