Eastbourne Borough prepare for toughest pre-season test yet

Eastbourne Borough manager Danny Bloor takes his first-team squad – unbeaten in pre-season friendlies so far – for their sternest test yet tomorrow (Sat 19).

Friday, 18th September 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Saturday, 19th September 2020, 8:06 pm
Eastbourne Borough boss Danny Bloor and captain Charlie Walker / Picture: Andy Pelling

The Sports travel to National League side Eastleigh and Bloor said: “Eastleigh are a strong and experienced side, and that’s just what we need.

“We went to Sutton to pitch ourselves against quality opposition, and came through very well with a 1-1 draw.

“But results are secondary. For myself and my staff, it’s about nailing down the final few places in our squad. And for the players, it’s about building fitness, team shape and understanding.”

Although the core of his team is established, Bloor still has decisions to make from a clutch of possible signings.

“It’s a nice problem to have,” he said, “and we’ve actually enjoyed a superb summer of outstanding commitment from a large group of players - all with something to offer. I really commend their efforts.”

Bloor is poised to announce two new loan signings, both from a Championship club, but paperwork was not complete as the Herald went to press.

The Sports are not in competitive action for another fortnight - when they enter the FA Cup at the second qualifying round stage on Saturday, October 3.

Their opponents will not be drawn until midweek, following the first qualifying round matches.