Matt misses out for Boro’

Matt Aldred is suspended for Chelmsford clash
Matt Aldred is suspended for Chelmsford clash

Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington is taking nothing for granted ahead of their trip to Chelmsford, despite their opponents lowly league position.

Whilst Chelmsford, were much fancied at the beginning of the season, they have failed to live up to the expectation, but the Borough boss believes the league table might not tell the whole story.

“There’s been a lot of changes there in the summer, a high-profile manager (Dean Holdsworth) has gone in there and made a lot of changes to the playing staff and they’ve had a bit of a difficult start,” he said.

Under the guidance of former Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers striker Holdsworth, Chelmsford currently lie 17th in the Skrill South.

But with one of the division’s larger budgets it might only be a matter of time before they start climbing the league

Ebsflett, who ended Borough’s FA Cup dream last weekend, endured an equally difficult start to the season but, to the Sports detriment, they have clicked in recent weeks and the boss believes that Chelmsford will do the same given time.

He is keen, however, for the focus to remain squarely on his own team.

They are in good form themselves and despite last weekend’s defeat he was happy with the performance and believes the squad are in good shape ahead of the clash.

“I’m not overly disappointed with last weekend.

“Obviously I am gutted to be out of the cup and it’s difficult to be pleased when you concede from set-pieces, but I couldn’t fault the performance too much.

“We had chances in the game and it could have gone either way.

“Our form in general has been consistent. We’re not going to win every game, we know that, but we want to be in every game. The team spirit is good, fitness is good and the squad is looking good.”

They will have to contend without tough-tackling midfielder Matt Aldred, who, after picking up five bookings is set to miss out.

And Chris Shephard faces a late fitness test prior to the game after coming off in last weekend’s FA Cup tie as well.

Victory could see Borough jump back into the play-off spots, although, Widdrington claimed that he paid little attention to the table at this stage of this season.

However, he does believe that they have faced some of the stronger team’s up until now and is encouraged by the start his side have made.

“We have potentially played some of the better teams already this season.

“Everyone we’ve played were well fancied at the beginning of the season on paper, but it just shows the game isn’t played on paper.

“At the start of the season the bookmakers would have had them (Chelmsford) at far shorter odds than us.”

On Tuesday night Eastbourne welcome another team who were highly fancied at the start of the season, Dover Athletic.

See Tuesday’s Gazette for Chelmsford v Eastbourne Borough match report.