‘Low risk’ arrivals hit the ground running

Elvis Hammond
Elvis Hammond

The latest additions made valuable contributions to Eastbourne Borough’s crucial victory against Bath City at Priory Lane last week.

Both Elvis Hammond and Stacy Long have impressed the management following their arrival and both were on the score sheet in the 3-2 triumph.

Midfielder Long looks a fine addition and tentative talks have already been held to extend his month long loan period. Striker Hammond, 33, meanwhile has cancelled his contract at Farnborough and has registered as a Borough player. Boss Tommy Widdrington believes both could play key roles as Borough seek to push-on for the play-offs.

Victory on Saturday saw Widdrington’s men move back into sixth place in the Skrill South table level on points with fifth placed Weston-Super-Mare but with two games in hand.

Widdrington said, “Both players have settled in well and it was great to see them both on the scoresheet. They are what I call low risk players, you know what you are going to get from them, they have played at this level or higher and that experience can really help this side.

“Most of the players I have brought in have been younger players, so the last three loan players, JT (Jamie Taylor), Elvis (Hammond) and Stacy (Long) have added to the squad with their experience. They all came in and hit the ground running and that’s exactly what I wanted.”

Borough’s next three matches are all against teams struggling in the bottom five of the table. Tomorrow they travel to Maidenhead before their midweek trip to Whitehawk before welcoming basement side Dorchester.

“I pay no attention to that,” Widdrington added. “Teams in that area of the table are dangerous make no mistake about it. They are all scrapping for their lives, the pitches could be heavy and games like these can be a real battle.

“The clubs at the bottom have a clear focus and hook or by crook they will try anything to win.”

Gillingham loanee Tom Derry is expected to be fit for Maidenhead. The young striker missed the Bath game due to a knock sustained against Brighton in the Sussex Senior Cup.

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