Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington expects an improved performance from his players as they prepare to host Bath City in the Vanarama South tomorrow.
Borough lost the reverse fixture 2-0 in September, but the manager insists they’ve come along way since then and is confident of a decent display in what he expects to be a close game.
“I don’t think we’ve had many games where I’ve been unhappy with the overall team perfromance although that was one of them ,” Widdrington said.
“But we had a bad performance against Lewes in the cup and showed that we can bounce back against Wealdstone.”
Borough (13th) and Bath (12th) go into the clash locked on 34 points and Borough could climb as high as ninth with a win. ButWiddrington believes the game will be decided by the tightest of margins and isn’t paying too much attention to the league table
“I think there is very little to choose from most of the teams in this league,” he added.
“People might look at that and say it shows the league is weaker this year but I think, cumulatively, that it is probably stronger.
“As managers we probably need to stop reacting to where you will go in the league if you win or lose. Ultimately you will finish where you deserve to finish.”
New signings Chris Sessegnon and Jack Evans could feature from the start again. Both made impressive debuts last weekend after joining from Ebbsfleet and Sutton United respectively.
Meanwhile, midfielder Dean Sinclair is a doubt after sustaining a foot injury at Lewes.
Kick off is 3pm, Priory Lane. On Tuesday night Borough make the long trip to Weston Super Mare.
Bath city harbour their own hopes of the play-offs this season after narrowly missing out in the last campaign.
They finished seventh, just two places and three points outside the play-off places.
A stuttering start means, like borough, they are eight points adrift at the moment
But in David Pratt they boast the Vanarama South’s third deadliest marksmen. Pratt has scored 12 league goals this season.
pratt has previously played for basingstoke town and chippenham town
During his time at Chippenham, Pratt was once sent off after only three seconds - the world’s fastest ever red card.
The incident in 2008, when pratt was 21, saw him lunge at a bashley player in a southern premier league game.
Bath go into the game having won their last two fixtures. They beat Staines 2-1 in the league and Altrincham to progress in the FA Trophy.
This fixture finished 3-2 to borough last season with Stacy long, elvis hammond and darren lok on target