Falling attendances have hurt us

Eastbourne Borough chairman Len Smith admitted the club’s finances have been hit by poor attendances this season.

Just 327 fans came through the turnstiles to watch Borough’s keenly-contested 1-1 draw with Boreham Wood on Tuesday night, while 479 attended the 2-1 defeat to Chelmsford on Saturday.

Smith said, “It affects our finances quite heavily. Obviously attendances have been disappointing and overall they are well down. Having said that, we the third highest in the division on Tuesday so I guess that gives us some comfort.

“Two games in quick succession is expensive for the fans.”

Smith also said the club are reluctant to offer fans a discount if they attend two matches in the same week. “We have tried that before and it hasn’t really worked out for us.

“The amount of extra fans does not also make up for the reduced entrance fee. Also, you can risk upsetting your season ticket holders.” The result last week leaves Borough just one-point from being mathmatically safe with just one more home game against Staines on the final day of the season.

Smith added, “It’s a shame the season is coming to an end.

“The team is improving all the time.”