10 games left to make play-offs

Darren Baker and Tommy Widdrington
Darren Baker and Tommy Widdrington

There’s a whole host of football phrases and clichés to choose from for this period of the season.

Every game is a cup final; it’s a must win game; the business end of the season; or perhaps even squeaky bum time.

Whatever your personal preference, this is surely that time of year for Eastbourne Borough. With just 10 games to go, and only three more at Priory Lane, Tommy Widdrington’s side are seventh in the Skrill South table and just two points from the play-off places and a possible return to the Conference Premier.

Currently occupying that all-important fifth spot are Dover Athletic and, as luck would have it, Borough travel to the Kent coast on Saturday for what could prove to be an almighty ding-dong in the battle for a top five finish. Many tipped Dover at the start of the campaign while in contrast, the general feeling around the Skrill South is that Widdrington’s evolving young side have, if anything, slightly over-achieved this campaign. Defeat at second placed Bromley on Tuesday was a body blow but this resilient bunch have proved time and again this season they can take the punches and come back swinging.

Eastleigh, Bromley, Sutton and Ebbsfleet seem certain to take the top four positions. Dover are in pole-position for fifth with Bath, Borough, Weston-Super-Mare among the leading challengers. Havant, who have games in hand and possibly Bishop’s Stortford are still in with an outside chance.

Widdrington was keen to play down the significance of Saturday’s clash but victory at the Crabble Ground would undoubtedly represent a huge swing in Borough’s favour.

He said, “You always want to beat the teams in and around you and Dover certainly fall into that category.”