It’s back to business for the Borough

Lewis Carey in action during Tuesday night's Dover versus Eastbourne Borough FA Cup replay. Picture by Lydia Redman SUS-141030-085034001
Lewis Carey in action during Tuesday night's Dover versus Eastbourne Borough FA Cup replay. Picture by Lydia Redman SUS-141030-085034001

Eastbourne Borough return to the bread and butter of the Vanarama South this Saturday (Noovember 1) after their FA Cup journey was ended in Dover on Tuesday night.

Borough forced a replay with a 0-0 draw at Priory Lane last Saturday before eventually going down 1-0 at Conference outfit Dover.

Manager Tommy Widdrington was delighted with both performances against strong, well-organised opposition.

“I thought we shaded the game on the Saturday and could have won .

“But we didn’t get that vital goal and it was them who eventually nicked one and then held on on Tuesday night.

“But my team should be proud of their efforts.

“We gave as good as we got in both games.

“Now it’s back to the league with Bromley at Priory Lane this week. We know it’ll be a tough game but with no injury worries we’ll be out to get another good league result.

“We were delighted with Saturday’s big crowd for the FA Cup tie and hope plenty of them will return this week.”

Tuesday night’s defeat in Dover was the first since Borough went down 2-0 at Bath on September 20 and Widdrington will be hoping his team can kickstart another run.

They currently sit just outside the play-offs, just behind Bromley who have been in good form recently and also progressed in the FA Cup last weekend when they won 2-1 at Evesham.

Widdrington will know all about their capabilities, though, after two tough encounters last season.

The now-departed Tom Derry netted in this fixture last season as Borough were held to a 1-1 draw in front of their own fans and Elvis Hammond, who has also moved for pastures new, scored their only goal in a 2-1 defeat away from home.

Bromley led the way at the top for much of last season but had to settle for a place in the play-offs, and were convincingly seen off by eventual losing finalists Ebbsfleet United in the semi-final.

“They will probably be pacing themselves more this year,” said Widdrington. “They started off like a house on fire last season but rather ran out of steam and lost out in the play-offs.”

However, with a host of ex-professionals on their books Bromley will be no pushovers.

Forward Jordan Robertson has scored twice in two games since joining in the summer. Robertson was playing for Gaz Metan Media last season in Romania’s top flight - a league containing the likes of former European Cup winners Steaua Bucharest - and has had previous spells at Sheffield United, Dundde United and Widdrington’s former club Southampton.

Harry Grant is another player for Borough to be aware of. The midfielder played for Sheffield Wednesday and Gillingham before moving to Bromley, while Ali Fuseini made 76 appearances for Millwall between 2006 and 2010.