‘Lewes cup clash will not be a distraction’

Adam Watts is close to a return
Adam Watts is close to a return

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington insists his men will focus all their attention on this weekend’s trip to Weston-Super-Mare, despite a tasty cup tie with Lewes coming just three days later.

The Sports make the long trip to the West County on Saturday, January 17 and the shorter journey to the Dripping Pan in the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday, January 20.

While the local derby cup clash is much-anticipated by both sets of fans owing to the history between the clubs, Widdrington is adamant his men will only be concentrating on clinching three precious points come Saturday.

He said, “I don’t ever look beyond the next game. We will be making the long trip to Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday and we don’t want to come back empty-handed. That’s our only focus.

“The league is our bread and butter at the end of the day. Once Saturday is out of the way, then we will turn our attentions to the much shorter trip to Lewes and seeing some familiar faces there.”

The Borough boss is hopeful Adam Watts will make a return to fitness for this Saturday’s match as the Sports look for back-to-back wins following their impressive 3-0 victory over third-placed Basingstoke Town on Saturday.

Borough are currently ninth in the Vanarama Conference South table but a string of respectable results against top sides over the festive period has instilled a belief among the players that the team deserve to be battling with the best.

Widdrington added, “It was a very, very good performance on Saturday. Having played them six days before, we knew what we were up against. Both matches were between two decent sides but I didn’t feel we deserved to lose the first one, which I think showed by the fact we won 3-0 in the second one.

“We have been getting results against the likes of Boreham Wood, Basingstoke, Whitehawk - teams that will be up there or there abouts come the end of the season - and it does give the lads a boost and a bit of belief that we can be up there too.

“Every manager wants consistency in their results. Our performances have been very consistent but sometimes we just haven’t managed to get over the line. We’re scoring enough goals but where we want to play a more attractive and open game, we are likely to concede a few more goals too.”

- Weston-Super-Mare v Borough will kick off at 3pm.