Borough so close to safety

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Just one more point will make Eastbourne Borough mathematically safe from relegation but boss Tommy Widdrington insists his men won’t be prepared to settle for that minimum requirement.

With three games left to play, there are nine points up for grabs for Widdrington’s men and he’s insistent they will be aiming to pocket all nine.

Failing that, the Borough boss admits he will be happy as long as they achieve the target he set at the beginning of the season - the 50-point marker - which is currently just four points away.

He said, “I’ve felt we’ve been able to take points out of most games we’ve played this season.

“We’ve only lost three or four games over the season by more than one goal and that means we’re in the game every week.

“At the end of the day, I want to win more games than I lose but that is a massively encouraging thing for me.

“I know we’ll be in those three games and I’m sure we’ll have a chance to win all three.

“As long as we can take enough points to get over the points tally that I set at the beginning of the season, then I’ll be happy.”

Borough’s remaining three fixtures come against teams in and around the bottom half of the table, starting with Saturday’s trip to a Hayes and Yeading side the Sports beat 2-1 just last month.

That comes before a visit to Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday night, which will then be followed by a clash against Staines Town at Priory Lane on the last day of the season.

Widdrington and his men will take encouragement from the Sports’ last two fixtures, in particular the way they bounced back from a ‘galling’ defeat against Chelmsford to notch a point with another play-off contender in Boreham Wood during the week.

Widdrington added, “I’ve been in teams myself a few times where you’ve played as well as we did on Saturday and come away with nothing and it does take it out of you.

“We looked after the lads after that game. I took them for a cup of tea on the seafront and a run along the beach - they repaid me with another great performance.

“For the young group of lads that they are, the fact they’ve put their bodies on the line for the football club the way they have over the past few months - well, I’ve been absolutely made up with them to be honest.”