It’s make or break time for Borough

Eastbourne Borough striker Darren Lok wants to end on a high before he leaves for Malaysia
Eastbourne Borough striker Darren Lok wants to end on a high before he leaves for Malaysia

It’s now or never for Eastbourne Borough as they prepare for a season defining Bank Holiday weekend.

Borough travel to relegation threatened St Albans City at Clarence Park on Saturday and on Monday they welcome lowly Havant and Waterlooville to Priory Lane. Tommy Widdrington’s men are 10th in the National League South, six points adrift of the play-offs. Maximum points from their Bank Holiday fixtures would maintain a late push for the play-offs with eight league games remaining.

“I said to the players before Chelmsford that we need to win at least two out of our next three,” Widdrington said. “We got the three points against Chelmsford and we will look to do the same at St Albans.

“At a glance both of these games may look easy but we are under no illusions about them. Both will be fighting tooth and nail for the points and we will treat them with every respect. We will prepare for the game as though we are playing an Ebbsfleet or a Maidstone.”

At the turn of the year Borough looked off the pace in the race for the play-offs but a recent run of just two defeats in their last 11 has boosted morale and given Borough an outside chance of a top five finish.

Widdrington added, “If we have any aspirations of the play-offs then we need two good results this weekend and we will do all we can to achieve that.”

Nathan Collier is out with a broken hand while St Albans could also be too soon for injured midfielder Jack Evans. Striker Elliott Romain returns from suspension while Bournemouth loanee midfielder Matt Worthington is available for selection.

Widdrington added, “Matt has been brought in and will certainly boost our options in midfield as we are a bit short due to injuries.

“We are also in talks and may look to bring in another between now and the end of the season.”

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Eastbourne Borough have produced a documentary on DVD, charting the Borough story from its early days in the mid-1960s, through the successful years as Langney Sports, and on to the unforgettable progress of Eastbourne Borough since the turn of the century.

Find out why they chose their famous red shirts, discover previous grounds and headquarters, see how they built Priory Lane and hear about the plans to take Eastbourne Borough forward to the top. The people behind the club’s rise, both on and off the pitch tell the story and recall memories of a great 50 years. It includes a full interview with four of the many club legends: Darren Baker, Ben Austin, Matt Smart and Lee Hook.

The DVD goes on sale at the club shop this Easter weekend.