Former Palace striker Pinney signs for Boro’

Nathaniel Pinney
Nathaniel Pinney

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington has signed striker Nathaniel Pinney ahead of tomorrow’s Vanarama South trip to Chelmsford.

Pinney, 23, impressed the Borough boss while playing for Kingstonian against the Sports earlier this season in the FA Cup.

Widdrington has been a long-term admirer of the 6ft tall former Crystal Palace striker as he tried to sign him while he was the manager at his former club Salisbury.

Pinney has also represented Woking, Dagenham & Redbridge and Ebbsfleet while his most prolific spell came at Carshalton where he scored 21 league goals for the Ryman Premier club in the 2012-13 season.

Widdrington will hope he can add goals to his side and certainly sa slice of luck as Borough have never won at the Melbourne Stadium. They have lost all three of their league games there in the last three seasons.

“It’s been a bad ground for me,” Widdrington said.

“We’ve had people sent off every time we’ve gone there, we’ve had the goalkeeper sent off one season, Frankie Raymond sent off another season, so it hasn’t been a happy hunting ground.

“What I will say is: Sutton United hasn’t been a happy hunting ground and neither has Bishop’s Storford and we’ve managed to turn that around.

“I’m more than aware that we need to start getting something from that ground because it’s one of those we don’t tend to do well at.”

With the majority of the Vanarama South in FA Trophy action, just two fixtures are scheduled in the league tomorrow, and with two points separating 11th-place Borough and ninth-place Chelmsford, a Borough win would see them overtake their weekend opponents and jump at least three places.

They lost a bit of ground as they were beaten 2-1 at Havant & Waterlooville last weekend but it might have been a different story but for a bizarre refereeing decision.

Havant’s opener appeared to come from an offside position but the boss, while angered by the outcome, was happy to focus on the positives that he believes will leave them in good stead for tomorrow’s game.

And he has already seen his team bounce back from that disappointment by beating Little Common 5-1 in the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

“The lads were disappointed with the result last weekend,” Widdrington added.

“But, as I’ve stressed to them, I’ve watched the game back numerous times and it’s not just the incident that cost us the goal, a few things just didn’t go our way and we played really well to be fair. I was delighted that they turned up in the right frame of mind for Tuesday night and they did a professional job if you like, sticking five past them and it could have been more than that.”

On tomorrow’s game, he continued,“You can move around, you can gain points or lose points when other teams aren’t playing,” But we have to take care of our own business, it’s as simple as that.”

History, however, may well be against Borough tomorrow. Aside from never winning in Chelmsford under Widdrington, Borough have won just once on the road in the league all season.

That being said, they have only lost three and have become increasingly difficult to beat, drawing six of their 10 Vanarama South matches away from home this campaign.

“We take great pride in that,” Widdrington said.

“It’s annoying that it wasn’t really our own doing that we lost away from home last Saturday.

“We went three months without losing on the road in the league earlier in the season and that’s a great achievement.

“Whether you’re wining games or not, you’re not losing and that creates confidence and an expectation from within the dressing room.” Kick off is 3pm at the Melbourne Stadium.