Perfect start for Borough

Tommy Widdrington and his Eastbourne Borough players celebrate their victory in Weston
Tommy Widdrington and his Eastbourne Borough players celebrate their victory in Weston

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington said his men were rewarded for all their hard work in pre-season on Saturday.

A 67th-minute penalty from Frankie Raymond was enough to claim a 1-0 victory at the Woodspring Stadium and ensure a winning start to their Skrill South 2013-14 campaign.

Borough were forced to defend well at stages during the match and new signing Craig Ross made an impressive league debut between the sticks with a few fine saves.

But Widdrington’s men were good value for their victory with Darren Lok, Chris Shephard and Simon Johnson offering a genuine threat to the Weston goal.

It was substitute Eliiot Levy who made the difference, though. His direct running caused havoc in the home defence. The full back went to ground, Levy was sent tumbling and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Raymond, who has impressed the management with his set pieces in pre-season, confidently claimed the ball and slotted home the penalty with great composure.

Weston tried to force their way back in the game but with Ian Simpemba marshalling the rearguard and Ross commanding in goal, Weston struggled to find a way through a very organised Borough side.

Widdrington said, “We continued were we left off in pre-season. We were on a winning run and I’m pleased with how the lads transferred that to the league.

“It’s not always easy to do because once you get into the league, obviously there is more riding on it.

“Weston put us under periods of pressure but I never felt that worried. For the most part, we kept them at arms length.”

Of the penalty, Widdrington said, “It was a 100 per cent nalied on penalty.

“Their manager had a few words but the defender went to ground in the box and if you do that, it’s always trouble.

“Frankie wanted it, he was confident and he slotted it home nicely.”

Borough: Ross, Tallack, Cole (Gorman), Aldred, Simpemba, Watts, Akokhia (Levy), Raymond, Lok, Johnson, Shephard Subs: Gorman, Underwood, Clifford Hutchins (gk) Att: 207