FA Cup run is overdue for Borough

Tommy Widdrington and his management team are keen for an FA cup run this season
Tommy Widdrington and his management team are keen for an FA cup run this season
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Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington admits it’s about time his side went on a run in the FA Cup.

The Sports haven’t reached the first round since 2005 and have been knocked out of the competition by lower league sides in three of the last four seasons.

Ryman Premier outfit Enfield Town visit Priory Lane in the second qualifying round tomorrow (Saturday) and, with 29 league places separating the two sides, the boss is expecting a response from his players.

“I’m particularly mindful of how we’ve done in recent years and I want to put that right,” Widdrington said.

“Reaching the first round proper again is a realistic ambition.”

“But Enfield will think there will be upsets and will want to be one of them. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“We will rightly be the favourites and the players have to live up to that tag.”

Widdrington also believes a good performance could help their league form.

His side have lost all of their last three matches after a superb start to the Vanarama South season.

“With the three reverses we’ve had, this gives us a really good chance to get back on track,” Widdrington added.

Enfield Town should be in good spirits ahead of this weekend’s game after cruising into the second round of qualifying.

They beat Felixstowe & Walton United 5-0 in the last round, with striker Liam Hope netting a hat-trick.

Despite that, the Ryman Premier division outfit have struggled in the league and are currently 17th - just four points off the drop zone.

They finished 19th last season and narrowly missed out on relegation by five points.

Former Borough and Town striker Billy Medlock netted against Enfield as his Tonbridge Angels side beat them 2-1 earlier in the season.

Enfield lost their last game, a 1-0 away defeat at Hampton & Richmond, on Tuesday night.