Borough and Town both target some FA Cup glory

John Lambert
John Lambert

Both Eastbourne Borough and Eastbourne Town seek progress to the next round of the FA Cup tomorrow (Saturday 3pm).

Borough will welcome Combined Counties outfit Hartley Wintney to Priory Lane while Town are on the road again as they travel to Southern League side Didcot Town.

The third qualifying round is the furthest Town have been in the competition for 47 years while Borough have reached the First Round Proper three times in their history but have struggled in the FA Cup in recent years.

The kudos of reaching the next round will be a boost for both clubs but along with the prestige comes the prize money.

A prize fund of £7,500 will be awarded to the winners of tomorrow’s matches and victory will set up a fourth round qualifier where £12,500 is up for grabs and a place in the First Round Proper - the stage where the Football League clubs enter the competition.

Town manager John Lambert said, “We want to be successful this season in league and cups and the FA Cup is certainly a special competition for us.

“We have already earned the club £10,000 in the FA Cup and on Saturday (away at Didcot) we have the chance to bank another £7,500.

“It’s massive for a club like ours and we will be going their with confidence. It’s the furthest this club have been in the FA Cup for quite some time so we want to continue that run for as long as we can.

“Obviously we wanted a home tie but away at Didcot is not the worst draw in the world. If we had pulled out an Eastbourne Borough or a Whitehawk that would have been tough. But I feel we have every chance to progress.”

Borough boss Tommy Widdrington added, “They (Hartley Wintney) have had some decent results to get to this stage. Perhaps they did not expect to get this far so in that respect they have nothing to lose. But if we are on our mettle and have our game in order then there is no reason why we cannot progress. We are no different to any other club and we want a good run in this competition but we have to turn up and perform.”

Defender Adam Watts is out with a hamstring problem picked up in the 0-0 draw against Concord Rangers.