Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington insists the club’s midweek FA Cup exploits won’t have an affect on this Saturday’s Vanarama South clash at home to Staines Town.
After 120 gruelling minutes and a penalty shotout at Enfield on Tuesday night, the same players are expected to play again on Saturday as the boss deals with injuries and suspensions.
Striker Elliot Charles is still injured, while fellow forward Richard Pacquette is set to serve the last game of his three match suspension.
Widdringotn acknowledged that some players might be tired but believes the character they showed in coming through as winners could work to their advantage.
“Games like Tuesday night can sometimes work in your favour going into the the next game,” Widdrington said.
“Equally it can work against you but we needed a game like that to show our resolve.
“The ultimate thing was to get through and although it was closer to the wind than I would have liked I can only praise the players.”
Widdrington’s men are going to have to call on all of their reserves for the weekend trip.
Borough are looking to halt a run of league form that has seen them fail to win any of their last four games.
Prior to that, Borough had a stroming start to the season and found themselves top of the Vanarama South table.
Widdrington is refusing to push the panic button, however, and believes that the players can consider that they have started the season strongly. They are currently ninth in the league.
“If you’d have asked me if being two points outside the play-offs and still in the FA Cup was a good start, I would say absolutely .
“The only reason people question us is because we had such a good start. If you look at it I’ve got two 17-year-old lads who have come in from the academy so we’re doing really well if you ask me.”
Their weekend opponents have endured a diffcult start to the season. Under the guidance of former Wimbledon midfielder Marcus Gayle, they are currently second from bottom in the Vanrama South.
After being in the play-off mix along with Borough last season they will be looking to turn thei r fortunes round quickly.
In this fixture last season Borough won 2-0 but were on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat away from home.