Boss seeks knockout blow for Dorchester

Eastbourne Borough were left fuming when they had two goals controversially chalked off when they played basement club Dorchester Town in November last year.

Despite dominating the match, they had to settle for a point in a 0-0 draw, and Tommy Widdrington’s men will be looking for a turn of fortunes in the reverse fixture at Priory Lane tomorrow (Saturday).

If they can exact some revenge and secure a third consecutive victory, Borough will travel to leaders Bromley on Tuesday night in high spirits.

Boss Tommy Widdrington said of the previous encounter, “If that was a boxing match we would have knocked them out in the first half.

“I believe you should take what you deserve from a game and that didn’t happen.”

Dorchester are currently rooted to the bottom of the Skrill South and have lost their last three games.

They’ve won just one of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions and are four points behind their nearest rivals Gosport, despite playing three games more.

Borough, conversely, are seventh, just one place and one point outside the play-off spots, and have won their last two games against Bath City and Whitehawk.

Tuesday victory at the Hawks means Widdrington’s men have now won six of their last 10 matches.

Widdrington, however, is taking nothing for granted and believes the league positions that seperate the two teams are irrelevant.

“Just because of their league position I don’t want anyone to assume we are going to win the game,” he added.

“We’ve seen teams at the bottom beat teams at the top on numerous occasions this season and nobody has a given right to win any game.”

If other results go their way, victory could see them back in the play-off spots on Saturday evening and with Sutton United facing a tough trip to Bromley, they could climb as high as fourth.

Talk of the play-offs has gathered pace all season, and while the boss has been keen to play down their chances, he admits the thought has crossed his mind and believes this week could be crucial to their ambitions.

It started perfectly with the win at Whitehawk and he 
reckons, with one win already in the bag, his players can go and express themselves against Dorchester.

“Whilst we’re within touching distance of the play-offs we can’t help but think about it,” he said.

“If we have ambitions to be at the business end of the table then this is an important week, and because we’ve won away from home, we’ve taken the pressure off ourselves a little bit.”

Creative midfielder Chris Shephard will miss out as he serves the final game of his two match suspension, while James Stinson is ruled out with a knee injury.

Recent arrival Stacy Long, who Widdrington spoke in glowing terms of, is also doubtful.

Gary Hart played 80 minutes on Tuesday night on his return from injury though and should be involved along side another recent addition Elvis Hammond.

Hammond, who joined the Sports last month from Hastings United, hit the ground running with a debut goal against Bath City and there is now real competition for places at Borough.

The Academy, run by Jay Lovett, is also producing talent who, as Widdrington claimed, are close to pushing for the first team.

Some of the Academy boys have already seen some first team action from the bench and they won on Monday with a 4-0 victory over Chesham. On Academy boss Lovett, Widdrington 
added, “ He’s doing a fantastic job.”

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