No go on Taylor but midfielder Long signs

Stacy Long
Stacy Long

Tommy Widdrington added attacking midfielder Stacy Long to his side after striker Jamie Taylor returned to Sutton United.

Long, 29, has joined on loan from Ebbsfleet United and is expected to go straight into the first team side for Borough’s Skrill South clash with Basingstoke Town at Priory Lane tomorrow (Saturday).

Widdrington said, “I am delighted to welcome a player of such obvious quality and experience at the club.

“I look forward to working with Stacy over the coming weeks and would like to thank Ebbsfleet for allowing him to join us at this time.

“With Jamie Taylor returning to Sutton recently I felt this was a good fit for us at this time.”

Striker Taylor enjoyed an excellent start to his loan spell, he scored four goals in his first three games, but after that he failed to find the net in the final three games.

Widdrington believes it is not as big a loss as it might seem and is excited about bringing in a new player who should fit nicely in to the squad.

“He’s an attacking midfielder who has got goals in him and he fits the bill of the club,” he said.

Widdrington believes it is more important to have a player that can fit in with the style of football that they play and in top-scoring midfielder Simon Johnson he has living proof that it’s more important to get goals from all positions.

One person isn’t the answer,” he said “I see Simon as a goal-getter but he could quite easily play right-back for me as well.

“It’s all about us as a team and finding players that can fit in to that.”

Borough, who haven’t played since December 28, will be without Ian Simpemba, Frankie Raymond and Sam Cole who have been unable to serve suspensions because of cancelled games in recent weeks.

They are hoping to use the game as a platform for the second half of the season but will be taking nothing for granted against a side who might have expected better things from their season and are just three points behind Borough in 12th place.

Basingstoke, however, did lose 3-1 at home to Whitehawk on Tuesday night and, incidentally, Borough inflicted Basingstoke’s worst ever league defeat back in 2008 with a 6-0 win at the Lane.

After Saturday attentions will turn to their Sussex Senior Cup tie with Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion next Tuesday.

The game will be played at the Sussex FA Headquarters in Lancing.