Coach Kimble eager to repeat Trophy success with Borough

Eastbourne Borough assistant coach Alan Kimble is keen to repeat his FA Trophy success with Eastbourne Borough this season.

Kimble was the assistant manager at Ebbsfleet in 2008 when they lifted the Trophy in front of 50,000 fans in the first Trophy final played at the New Wembley.

Chris McPhee (now Salisbury) scored the crucial goal for Kimble’s men as they upset favourites Torquay United with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

It proved a rough year for Torquay, who weeks later lost the Blue Square Premier play-off final, also held at Wembley.

Kimble said, “I have very fond memories of this competition. It is a fantastic Trophy to be involved and it’s a real chance for clubs at our level to go deep into the draw.

“It’s the biggest non-league football competition and the final was a fantastic experience over three days.

“The whole build up was superb. We put in some good training sessions and it was great to watch the players performing in such a fantastic stadium.

“It really is a special stadium and the thought of taking Eastbourne Borough there is a huge motivation for myself and Tommy.”

Kimble and Widdrington have been at Priory Lane for 10 months and Kimble admits the Borough project is still very much work in progress.

Their form in the league has been inconsistent and the management were disappointed to drop out of the FA Cup before the first round stage.

Kimble added, “We are working extremely hard to get things right here.

“There is no short-term fix but we are bringing in the players who we feel can improve this club.

“We are a young side and we are learning as we go. We have conceded late goals and made mistakes and these have cost us .

“But as long as the players keep learning and show the right attitude to improve then we will get better.

“Tommy and I know what it takes at this level and we will continue to work hard towards that goal.”