Be patient & goals will come

Borough top scorer Simon Johnson
Borough top scorer Simon Johnson

Be patient and the goals will come. That was the rallying cry from Borough boss Tommy Widdrington this week.

After a goalless draw against Concord Rangers, followed by a 2-0 defeat at Eastleigh, many fans have been calling for the club to sign a proven striker.

While supporters have voiced approval of the style and attitude of this young and talented Borough side, some feel that they are a decent striker short of a serious play-off push.

Before Eastleigh, Borough boasted the best defensive record in the league - conceding just four. The bone of contention has been at the other end where they scored just six times.

The view is Borough need an Elliott Charles type striker who could capitalise on Borough’s fluid build-up play.

However, only three teams have scored fewer than Borough this season and one of those happens to be Dover Athletic, where Charles now plys his trade.

Ahead of Borough’s home match against fourth-placed Bishops Stortford on Saturday, Widdrington said, “I look around the changing room and I genuinely feel there are goals in this team.

“The likes of Shephard, Johnson, Lok, Harty and even Simpemba at the back all have goals in them.

“If we were not creating the chances then I would be worried.

“I would just ask for the fans to be a little patient and give these young lads their chance. I want to give them a decent run at it.

“Our defensive record is excellent and that’s because the work we do as a team includes the midfield and the strikers. The whole team are all responsible for defending and the same applies for scoring.”

Bishop Stortford have won four from their opening seven games and have lost just once, on the first day of the season to Bath City. Last Saturday they enjoyed a 3-1 away victory at Dorchester.

Widdrington added, “They are going well but we have nothing to be fearful of. Eastleigh are the best team in the division and from what I have seen so far, we are the second best.”

Meanwhile, in the FA Cup third qualifying round, Eastbourne Borough have been drawn against Farnborough at Priory Lane on September 28.